Syrian Refugee Crisis: How Can You Help?
Plan International is taking an active role in responding to the needs of thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled to Egypt in the midst of ongoing violence in their home country.
Plan has been granted special permission from the Egyptian government to work with refugees in the coastal city of Alexandria where it is currently developing a number of projects, including providing education, health, and sanitation services.
“We will be working with both vulnerable Syrian and Egyptian populations as a key measure to support the peaceful coexistence of the two communities,” said Ruairi McDermott, Plan’s country director in Egypt.
Plan’s work aims to mitigate what has been a growing crisis in Egypt and throughout the region:
- Violence in Syria has produced an estimated 2.8 million refugees worldwide, according to the United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
- The average rate of monthly Syrian refugee registration continues to exceed 100,000 so far in 2014, according to UNHCR.
- According to a regional interagency report, an estimated 334,000 registered and unregistered Syrian refugees are in Egypt.
- 28,910 Syrian refugees are registered in the coastal city of Alexandria, where Plan operates.
- As of February, there were 9,191 primary health care consultations for chronic diseases amongst Syrian refugees in Egypt, according to UNHCR.
- Approximately half of the refugees in Egypt are children.
You can help support Syrian refugees and others in similar situations!