The Syrian Civil War began in 2011 as part of a protest movement known as the Arab Spring, and over the past three years, violence and unrest have defined life in Syria. In 2012, millions of Syrians fled their homes, streaming into Northern Iraq, Jordon, Lebanon and Turkey. Today, over 1.6 million Syrians have left their country seeking refuge to ensure the safety of their families. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), there are 500,000 Syrians currently living in Lebanon, meaning that one in 10 Syrians is a refugee. With no end in sight, the situation in and around Syria is now seen as one of the most troubling and challenging humanitarian crises in recent history.
ShelterBox Response Teams have been working with local entities and humanitarian agencies to provide shelter, life-saving resources, warmth and dignity and to restore a relative sense of normalcy and security to the refugee families and the host communities.
Through the AIRLINK Network, ShelterBox connected to UPS and all three entities are global partners and will continue to help in the distribution of humanitarian aid to the region through air transportation and cargo services
- With the support of UPS, freight was secured for aid for 200+ families living in horrific conditions and exposed to harsh weather conditions. 200+ ShelterBoxes were transported into Lebanon from London, resulting in over 1,000 men, women and children being able to sleep more comfortably each night in a safe and sheltered environment.
- ShelterBox has sent aid for more than 4,500 families and is committed to doubling the amount in the months ahead.