New Zealand Red Cross is partnering with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in their continuing provision of humanitarian aid.

IFRC has extended the Emergency Appeal for Syria, enabling SARC to provide continued assistance to a further 3 million people in Syria in the next 12 months. A further 49.7 million Swiss francs, 69.5 million New Zealand dollars, is needed to meet the Appeal budget.

The IFRC Emergency Appeal for Syria aims to provide vital support to affected people, including the distribution of 240,000 hygiene kits, 240,000 food parcels and 60,000 canned food rations to be distributed to the most vulnerable people.

The crisis, which began in 2011, has to date seen around 11 million Syrians forced to leave their homes, with 6.3 million civilians inside Syria displaced and more than 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian aid. The current appeal revision will support SARC in reaching the most vulnerable.

When the IFRC Emergency Appeal for Syria was first launched in 2012 to support SARC, there were 1 million people in need, by December 2014 this had increased to 12.2 million and continues to rise.

Kiwis can continue to support the Red Cross Red Crescent’s work in Syria by donating to the Syria Crisis Appeal. 100% of money raised will go directly to people affected by this conflict.

Just $35 could provide blankets to displaced families, and a donation of $68 could provide food for a month.