InterAction Members Respond to Crisis in Syria

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The crisis in Syria is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our day, and the situation is deteriorating as violence intensifies and fighting continues throughout the country.

The United Nations estimates that 6.5 million people inside Syria have fled their homes, schools and communities. Another 2.5 million people have fled the conflict, escaping to neighboring countries. More than 9.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance – more than half of them children.

The need for life-saving emergency assistance continues to grow. Below is a list of InterAction members who are responding to the crisis. Read InterAction's guidelines on how best to help, and get advice from the Center for International Disaster Information on appropriate assistance.

Media inquiries may be directed to Burt Edwards (bedwards@interaction.org or 202.552.6554).  

CARE

As of spring 2013, CARE helped over 110,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan and is expanding its refugee work in Lebanon. CARE continues to provide cash for essentials to Syrian...

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Catholic Relief Services

Through a network of local partners, Catholic Relief Services is supporting Syrian refugee families in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey with medical assistance, food, essential living...

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Church World Service

CWS is supporting long-term partners and fellow ACT Alliance members International Orthodox Christian Charities and the Lutheran World Federation. CWS has sent IOCC CWS Baby Kits...

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CONCERN Worldwide U.S., Inc.

Concern Worldwide is responding to the water, sanitation, and hygiene needs of communities in Syria and northern Lebanon. This includes restoring community water systems and...

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Global Communities

Global Communities has been providing assistance to communities affected by the conflict in Syria since August 2012. In Syria, through local partners, we have implemented in...

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Handicap International

Handicap International is ensuring that the most vulnerable victims of Syria's conflict are not forgotten - whether it’s providing a little boy in a refugee camp in Jordan with a...

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International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is operating mobile medical units in Damascus to provide health services to displaced families. At static clinics where International Medical Corps...

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International Orthodox Christian Charities

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) supports one of the largest established networks to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid inside Syria where more than 7 million...

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International Rescue Committee

The IRC is responding to the Syrian crisis in all surrounding countries receiving refugees. Most refugees are poor and live without legal status. They are also vulnerable to...

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Islamic Relief USA

Islamic Relief donors are providing assistance in the form of food parcels, mattresses, blankets, items for babies, housing rental assistance when applicable, medical assistance,...

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Jesuit Refugee Service / USA

JRS is accompanying and serving refugees in Aleppo, Damascus and Homs, Syria in the following areas: psychosocial support programs; food security (feeding 10,000+ people a day);...

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Life for Relief & Development

Since the Syrian crisis began, Life for Relief & Development has been providing emergency assistance inside Syria and to refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. Our focus is on...

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Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

 MCC’s response with partner organizations in the region (Syria, Lebanon and Jordan) includes providing vital supplies to meet food, medical and shelter needs, and training...

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Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is helping about 2 million people inside Syria and in neighboring countries.In Jordan we are renovating existing water infrastructure and improving water access for...

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Mercy-USA For Aid and Development

Since June 2011, Mercy-USA has been assisting Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Turkey. In Lebanon, Mercy-USA runs a daily bread distribution to 1,500 families along with a mobile...

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Mercy-USA For Aid and Development

On the ground, inside Syria: with permanent field staff since 2012, Mercy-USA for Aid and Development has been providing aid inside Syria. Currently, we are...

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Oxfam America

Oxfam is working in Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria, aiming this year to reach 650,000 people. In Jordan, we have built water and sanitation facilities in the Zaatari refugee camp. At...

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Relief International

Relief International is providing life-saving relief such as water and sanitation services, hygiene promotion, and distribution of soap and hygiene kits inside Syria, Jordan and...

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Save the Children

Save the Children is in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria working with governments and our partner agencies to respond to the needs of Syrian children and their...

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ShelterBox USA

ShelterBox has been providing emergency shelter and supplies to families affected by the Syrian crisis in Iraq Kurdistan, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. We continue to provide...

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US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants

 The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is ensuring that the rights of refugees fleeing Syria are being respected. USCRI is monitoring developments on the...

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US Fund for UNICEF

UNICEF, alongside a network of more than 40 NGO partners, has been on the ground since the onset of the humanitarian crisis in Syria, reaching hundreds of thousands of people....

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World Renew

World Renew (previously known as CRWRC) is partnering with the Lebanese Society for Education and Social Development (LSESD) in in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon and Damascus, Syria,...

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World Vision

World Vision has been focusing its response in Lebanon. The organization is providing basic hygiene kits and food vouchers.  Since 75 percent of Syrian refugees are women and...

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Zakat Foundation of America

Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) has been working in Syria since the violence began in March 2011. Since then, ZF has provided over $8 million in aid to Syrians and Syrian...

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Experts List

Experts on Emergency Response:   Experts on Refugees and IDPs:
 

Alf Evans 
ShelterBox International
Issue Areas: Humanitarian action and disaster response in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kurdistan Iraq.
Languages: English
Contact:
Tiffany Stephenson                                     
941-726-6209

Bob Kitchen
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Emergency response
Languages:  English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

Chris Palusky 
World Vision
Issue Areas: Emergency Response
Languages: English
Contact:  
Lauren Fisher
206-310-5476

Melody Munz 
International Rescue Committee 
Issue Area: Emergency Response, environmental engineering,
Language: English, French
Contact:
Melissa Winkler 
212-551-972

Muriel Tschopp 
International Rescue Committee
Issue Area: Emergency Distribution, Non-food-items, community-driven reconstruction, program coordination
Languages: French, Swiss-German, English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler 
212-551-972

Rob Maroni 
Issue Areas: Water access, shelter rehabilitation, non-food aid, child psychosocial support, conflict mitigation, Jordan
Languages: English
Contact:
Andie Long 
503-702-8578 

Sarah Kouzi 
Issue Areas: Shelter rehabilitation, non-food aid, child psychosocial support, conflict mitigation, Lebanon
Languages: Arabic, Spanish, French
Contact:
Andie Long 
503-702-8578 

Silke Pietzsch
Action Against Hunger
Issue Areas: Agriculture, Cash Transfers, Climate Change, Analysis & Surveillance, Drought Mitigation, Economic Rehabilitation & Recovery, Emergency Response, Integrated Assessments, Food Security, Participatory Community Development
Languages: English, French, Dutch, German
Contact: 
Elisabeth Anderson Rapport
212-967-7800 x134

 

Andrew Harper
UNHCR
Issue Areas: Refugees in Jordan
Languages: English
Contact:
Ali BIBI 
+962-6-550-20-30, ext. 2301

Bryce Perry
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Syrian refugee programming and needs inside Lebanon
Languages: English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

Carol Batchelor 
UNHCR
Issue Areas: Refugees in Turkey
Languages: English
Contact: 
Metin Corabatir 
+90-312-441-16-59

Laura Jacoby
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Syrian refugee and Iraqi refugee returnee needs and programming inside Iraq
Languages: English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

Ninette Kelley 
UNHCR
Issue Areas: Refugees in Lebanon
Languages: English
Contact: 
Dana Sleiman 
+961-1-849-201, ext. 1421

Panos Moumtzis
UNHCR
Issue Areas: Middle East and North Africa, Humanitarian coordination, Refugees
Languages: English, Arabic, French, Greek
Contact:  
Lilli Tnaib
202-243-7619

Robert Warwick
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Humanitarian response inside Syria and Syrian refugee programming and needs inside Jordan.
Languages: English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

 

Experts on Syria and Region:    Experts on Gender-Based Violence:
 

Luan Meraku
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: The IRC’s regional Syrian response, with a focus on Turkey. 
Languages: English, Albanian, Serbo-Croat
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

Mike Young
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Syrian humanitarian needs and regional/country response
Languages: English
Contact: 
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

Zerene Haddad
Jesuit Refugee Service/Middle East and North Africa
Issue Areas:  Communications.
Languages:  English, Arabic
Contact:  
Zerene Haddad
+961-7-127-3136

 

Melanie Megevand
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Women’s Protection and Empowerment, Gender-Based Violence, and urban refugees in Jordan 
Languages: French, English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

Sinead Murray
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Women’s Protection and Empowerment and Gender-Based Violence in Lebanon
Languages: English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

 

 

 

Experts on U.S. Response to Crisis:      
   

Mitzi Schroeder 
Jesuit Refugee Service
Issue Areas:  U.S. policy on the Middle Eastern countries
Languages:  English
Contact:
Christian Fuchs
202-629-5946

   

Media Contacts

Action Against Hunger
Elisabeth Anderson Rapport
erapport@actionagainsthunger.org
212-967-7800 x134

CARE
Stephanie Chen
schen@care.org
202-595-2824
404-819-6638  

International Rescue Committee             
Melissa Winkler
melissa.winkler@rescue.org
United States:212-551-972

Ned Colt
ned.colt@rescue.org
Jordan: +962-0-775-066-652

 

 

InterAction                
Burt Edwards
bedwards@interaction.org
202-552-6554

Jesuit Refugee Services     
Christian Fuchs
cfuchs@jesuit.org
United States: 202-629-5946

Zerene Haddad
middleeast.communications@jrs.net
Lebanon: +961-7-127-3136

Mercy Corps
Andie Long
along@sea.mercycorps.org
206-547-5212 x203
503-702-8578

 

  

ShelterBox USA
Tiffany Stephenson
tstephenson@shelterboxusa.org   
941-907-6036, ext.102                                            
941-726-6209                                             

UNHCR
Brian Hansford
hansford@unhcr.org
202-243-7623 
 
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Susannah Masur
smasur@unicefusa.org
212-880-9146 

World Vision
Lauren Fisher
lafisher@worldvision.org
206-310-5476