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Since the outbreak of civil war, more than 14.6 million people need humanitarian aid including the 6.7 million Syrians who have been internally displaced within the country. More than 6.6 million registered Syrian refugees are in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq with a recent flood of refugees now seeking asylum in Europe, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Refugee camps in these bordering countries are overflowing with families in need of basic supplies, adequate shelter and safety, as well as technical skills training so they can begin to earn a living in their new host countries. More than 6 million of those affected are children who have been put at risk of violence and face a lack of essential supplies and destroyed infrastructure that has closed schools and hospitals.

In addition to Salesian centers within Syria, Salesian missionaries have been helping Syrian refugees in Europe and in Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt since early 2012, assisting between 400 and 800 refugees each day, many of whom are women and children. Salesian missionaries seek to assist the most disadvantaged and vulnerable refugees, particularly those living outside of protected camps who take risks in order to support elderly parents, wives and children. Offering skills training, advocacy and counseling programs, Salesian centers provide safe spaces for vulnerable families to find a sense of community and peace.

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Respond to disasters & emergencies

Since before the outbreak of civil war began in March 2011, Salesian missionaries have operated three centers in Kafroun and the particularly high conflict areas of Aleppo and Damascus. Each of the centers is staffed by three Salesian priests and a deacon. The centers provide educational classes, meeting space and social development and sporting activities for youth and their families. The centers also offer trauma counseling, emergency shelter, nutritious meals and medical referrals to those in need.

Salesian centers continue to meet the needs of their communities through the distribution of food, economic aid and scholarships to help young people continue with their schooling. Salesian missionaries have noted the absence of youth in the area as many have fled to safety in other areas of Syria and in neighboring countries.

In addition to Salesian centers within Syria aiding those who have been internally displaced, Salesian missionaries have been helping Syrian refugees in countries across Europe and in Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt since early 2012 assisting between 400 and 800 refugees each day, many of whom are women and children.

In February 2023, Salesian Missions launched an emergency appeal to provide disaster relief for those impacted by the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck in Kahramanmaraş province in southern Turkey, very close to Syria’s northwestern border, on Feb. 6. The earthquake was felt in 14 countries, including Lebanon, Israel, Cyprus and Jordan.

The Turkey/Syria Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund will bring critical medical supplies, food, water and support to survivors, helping them to heal and rebuild their lives. The Salesian center in Aleppo sustained some minor damage and people rushed to the center for support.

In Aleppo people have nowhere to go and nowhere to sleep. Salesian missionaries who have been serving those in Syria since the beginning of the war are doing their best to help those victims reaching out to them and providing shelter, food, warm clothes, blankets and more.

Respond to refugee needs

In addition to Salesian centers within Syria aiding those who have been internally displaced, Salesian missionaries have been helping Syrian refugees in countries across Europe and in Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt since early 2012 assisting between 400 and 800 refugees each day, many of whom are women and children. At these refugee sites, missionaries provide emergency relief by meeting basic needs and providing shelter, safety and medical assistance. Missionaries also offer technical skills training to assist refugees in the task of finding stable employment in their new host countries which for many is particularly challenging due to labor laws and a lack of established social and professional networks.

Salesian missionaries seek to assist the most disadvantaged and vulnerable refugees, particularly those living outside of protected camps who take risks in order to support elderly parents, wives and children. Offering skills training, advocacy and counseling programs, Salesian centers provide safe spaces for vulnerable refugee families to find a sense of community and peace.

Provide youth centers & safe activities

Although war is still being waged in Syria, Salesian missionaries provide a ray of hope through their summer youth program in Aleppo. Close to 800 young boys and girls participate in these summer events made possible by 85 Salesian staff and volunteers. The theme for many of the summer events is focused on mercy and providing a safe space for youth to congregate, learn and play.

Since the outbreak of civil war began in March 2011, Salesian missionaries have operated three centers in Kafroun and the particularly high-conflict areas of Aleppo and Damascus. Each of the centers is staffed by three Salesian priests and a deacon and have been in operation since well before the start of the war providing educational classes, meeting space and social development and sporting activities for youth and their families. The centers also offer trauma counseling, emergency shelter, nutritious meals and medical referrals to those in need.

Improve health services

Close to 220 people in Aleppo, Syria,* were provided critical cardiovascular medical care thanks to support provided by Salesian Missions. These patients were impacted by the February 2023 earthquake in Syria and Turkey. The patients who were supported were in need of life-saving surgeries and medical care. This project enabled 20 patients to access the surgery they needed. Other patients were able to access follow-up medical appointments, testing and medications.

Improve infrastructure

Salesian missionaries working in Syria are starting construction projects to open programs for youth and their families in the remote district of Jaramana, which is located an hour away from the current Salesian youth center in Damascus. Many families, even during the most dangerous heights of the war, traveled by bus to attend programs in Damascus. Now, Salesian missionaries are launching new programs locally.

For years, bullets and the blast of bombs have marred Jaramana. The war destroyed this part of the city and its traces are visible. Most of the youth who participate in the activities at the Salesian Youth Center in Damascus come from this area. Now that the war seems to have calmed down, Salesian missionaries are constructing a new youth center, church and vocational training center.

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Their City—and Spirits—Will Never Break

More than a year has passed since a catastrophic earthquake crumbled the foundations of so many lives in Syria. But the effects remain clear and present for its people who, despite it all, are rebuilding their lives and hope, than

SYRIA: Critical cardiovascular care made possible by Salesian Missions

Patients receive life-saving surgeries, medical care. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (April 15, 2024) Close to 220 people in Aleppo, Syria,* were provided critical cardiovascular medical care thanks to support provided by Salesian Missions, th

WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY: Salesian Missions highlights efforts in more than 130 countries

Day honors worldwide efforts to support people in crisis. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 19, 2023) Top of Form Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and countries aroun

Bright Signs of God’s Mercy in Syria

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(OSV News/Catholic Courier) New earthquake hits Turkey and Syria

AMMAN, Jordan Feb. 21, 2023 (Excerpt) A new earthquake struck the border area between Turkey and Syria the night of Feb. 20, sparking fear and anxiety for people already bereft and for those helping them since the Feb. 6 temblor.

SYRIA: Salesian Missions launches appeal to support those impacted by devastating Turkey/Syria earthquake

Fund to bring critical medical supplies, food, water and support to survivors. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Feb. 14, 2023) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, has launched an emergency appeal to provide

(Atalayar) Salesian Missions is calling on the international community to work to ensure that humanitarian aid arrives as soon as possible

SYRIA Feb 13, 2023 (Excerpt) “Syria is in a situation of extreme poverty because international aid is not arriving and rescue work has been suspended, but when the rescue teams leave, the Salesian missionaries remain at the

Empowering Displaced Refugees

At a time when a record 84 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, Salesian missionaries are providing life-changing assistance to nearly 400,000 men, women and children affected by war, persecution, famine a

An Ongoing Commitment to Youth and Families

Ten years after a brutal civil war first broke out in Syria, the Salesian Youth Center in Aleppo remains one of the few places left in the city to have consistent running water and electricity. This is just one reason why Salesian

WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY: Salesian Missions highlights humanitarian assistance and transformative programming for poor youth and their families

Programs in Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Syria illustrate the work of Salesians around the globe that support this year’s theme, which is focused on women humanitarians.   NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 19, 2019) Salesian Missions, the U

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