13 years of crisis in Syria: COOPI's support
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15-03-2024 | di COOPI

13 years of crisis in Syria: COOPI's support

After 13 years, the humanitarian crisis in Syria remains severe. An estimated 16.7 million Syrians will need humanitarian assistance in 2024 (OCHA, Syria HNO 2024). The situation was further aggravated when a violent earthquake struck northern Syria and Turkey on Feb. 6, 2023, causing 5,900 deaths, more than 12,800 injured in Syria, and severely damaging infrastructure.

The consequences are also significant from an economic perspective. In October 2023, the cost of food goods doubled compared to January of the same year, and four times more than two years earlier. Currently, at least 12.9 million people in Syria are in need of food assistance. 

COOPI has been operating in Syria since mid-2016 and is now present in the areas of rural Damascus, Damascus, Dara'a, Hama, Homs, Raqqa, Lattakia, and Aleppo, with projects in Protection, Education, Water and Sanitation, Food Assistance, Support to Family-Based Agricultural Production, and Income-Generating Activities. Protection activities promoted by COOPI target the most vulnerable and severely traumatized, such as women left alone to care for their children, the disabled and the elderly. On the other hand, to promote Food Security, COOPI provides food vouchers and parcels and boosts small farming activities, taking an integrated approach.
Since 2016, COOPI has launched 24 projects that have directly benefited 219,481 people, thanks to funding from a number of UN Agencies, AICS and private donors.