Emergency and Relief

Why Emergency and Relief?

  • We view emergency and relief as the first and most acute step taken to relief the suffering of civilians affected by war.
  • A rapid and timely response to emergency situations is needed to create a basis for communities to build their resilience on.


In a war-torn country, emergencies arise on a daily or hourly basis, deteriorating the already dire situation of communities within seconds. People are deprived of the most basic goods and coping mechanisms needed to survive emergency situations.

Approximately 13 million people inside Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, with more than 5 million living in inadequate shelter. A lack of basic services and scarcity of all products required to meet the basic needs of communities lead to high rates of malnutrition, poverty and despair.

Relief is an indispensable factor of our Syria response. We view it as our duty to quickly respond to the suffering of millions of Syrians trapped in emergency situations, especially in areas without sufficient support.

Emissa’s emergency and relief program is aimed at providing communities with support and basic assistance, to relieve suffering in an immediate manner. We closely monitor the political, security and humanitarian situation in our working areas, to be prepared and ensure a timely response.

Our Approach

  • The provision of shelter, to support people who were forced to flee or whose homes were destroyed with a temporary roof over their heads. This includes water and sanitation activities, where needed.
  • The distribution of food and non-food items, based on what is needed the most by the affected population.
  • Winterization assistance, to protect communities from the harsh Syrian winter conditions, particularly those living in camps.