Save the Children, UNICEF, UNHCR, World Vision and other aid agencies have announced the start of a campaign called No Lost Generation. The campaigns aim is to raise $1 billion. The organisations are focusing donor and public support on critical programs to lift Syrian children out of misery, isolation and trauma. The strategy is being publically unveiled one week ahead of a major donor conference in Kuwait for humanitarian aid for Syria.
Save the Children, UNICEF, UNHCR, World Vision and other aid agencies have called for governments, NGOs and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support efforts to protect a generation of Syrian children from a life of despair, diminished opportunities and broken futures.
The $1 billion will be spent to deliver safe education, protection from exploitation, abuse and violence and psychological care for affected children. These programs include strengthening national and community-based child protection systems, which respond to the needs of girls, boys and families at high risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence while protecting all children against such risks.
Over 1 million Syrian refugees are children, of which more than 425,000 are under the age of five. The vast majority of these refugees have fled either to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq. Among them, nearly 8,000 children have been identified as being separated from their families. The situation for the more than 3 million displaced children inside Syria is even more dire.
A special website has been established at http://www.championthechildrenofsyria.org that tells the stories of children affected by the conflict, and shows how investments in children can deliver important dividends, not just for the current victims of the war, but for the longer-term future of Syria and the wider region.