Children in Syria with food

Syria

Mary’s Meals feeds 4,159 children every day in Syria!

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Where we work

Syria is located in the Middle East, on the far western edge of south Asia, and is bordered by Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel.

Syria has been plagued by civil war since March 2011. Today, it is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East. Millions of civilians have been displaced, far from their families and livelihoods. Hundreds of thousands of people have died. 

Insufficient agricultural production and rising food prices are exacerbating the existing food insecurity problem. An estimated 12.4 million Syrians are now food insecure (more than two thirds of the entire population) and 28% of children under five are suffering from chronic malnutrition.

With so many lives disrupted by years of conflict, it is extremely difficult for children to attend school. More than 2 million children are not in education.

A group of young boys in Syria posing for a photo and each are holding baguettes

Mary's Meals in Syria

Mary’s Meals has been serving school meals in Syria since 2017. 

Our  school  feeding  programme  in  Syria  provides  meals  for  children  whose young lives have been scarred by unimaginable trauma. We work with a partner organisation, Dorcas. 

Every school day, we reach 4,159 children across 12 schools in Aleppo – a city which was under siege between 2012 and 2016. A dedicated team of volunteers prepare all the lunches in one school that has reliable access to water and electricity. The food is then delivered to the other schools in the city.

Four young children smiling for the camera and holding breadsticks

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When did we start working in Syria?

We have been working in Syria since 2017

How many children do we feed in Syria?

We are currently feeding 4,159 children in 12 places of education in Syria

What meal do we provide?

Sandwich wrap and fresh fruit

Where are we based/where do we operate?

Aleppo

Capital City

Damascus

Population

18.4 million

Currency

Syrian Pound (SYP)