According to the UN, the Syrian conflict that started in 2011 has resulted in more than half of the population of Syria (about 13.4 million) to become in need of immediate assistance. The number of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries is now the largest refugee population in the world. As a result of the severity of the crisis, the UN has launched the largest ever appeal for aid in its history. Whole cities and villages have been leveled to the ground; infrastructure has been demolished; families are displaced; and orphans and widows are now left alone and without the necessary supplies needed to survive.
The Syrian conflict has produced the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. According to USAID:
- 12.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria
- 5.6 million children are affected by the crisis in Syria
- 7.6 million are internally displaced persons in Syria
- 6.8 million Syrians are refugees to other countries
Seeing the state that Syria was in, we established Sunrise-USA in 2011(originally Syrian Sunrise Foundation). As a 501(c)3 charity, independent of any political or religious agenda, we have had a solid commitment to send aid to families, orphans, and widows affected by the conflict. We have been there on the ground since the start of the conflict through our well-established humanitarian network of hundreds of workers – mostly volunteers – delivering various types of aid throughout Syria and bordering countries.
Sunrise-USA has been focusing its efforts on both short-term and long-term programs. Our short-term efforts consist of providing emergency and livelihood necessities for Syrians – internally displaced and refugees. Long-term programs include establishing infrastructure projects and developmental programs to rebuild Syria in the areas of Healthcare, Education, and Human Development.
Ten years since the conflict began, Syria is crumbling. The infrastructure and the people of Syria are in shambles with no improvement in sight. Sunrise-USA has spent over $15 million in direct aid to the suffering Syrians. We have set up medical facilities, refugee camps, and schools. We could never have achieved this without our generous donors. However, the needs are only increasing. It is a daunting task, but together we can make a difference.