Programme areas and target groups

  • Aleppo
  • Kassab
  • Dara’a

In Syria, we work with internally displaced persons and host populations. ZOA is active in several sectors:

  • Education
  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • Shelter/NFIs
  • Protection

What we do

With more than 11.7 million people having severe needs, the Syria crisis is currently among the world’s greatest humanitarian crises. Violence continues in many parts of Syria, leading to more displacements and leaving communities susceptible to food insecurity, health problems, lack of shelter and various protection issues.  The current situation does not enable a voluntary, safe and dignified return of refugees.

ZOA leads Syria Joint Response

ZOA has been working in Syria for several years now. ZOA leads the Syria Joint Response since 2015, in which 11 Dutch NGOs join forces as members of the Dutch Relief Alliance. Through ZOA’s component of the Syria Joint Response programme, a community centre was established in Aleppo in 2017 which offers psycho-social support and other services to women, victims of gender-based violence and trauma. Additionally, from 2018 we were able to support households with shelter kits to restore their homes.

Through a local church in Aleppo we have been able to provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable people.

Agriculture support

In Kassab we provide agriculture support to hundreds of farmers and their families to cultivate various types of vegetables, and to gain an income that helped them to regain a sense of dignity and self-dependence.


We rehabilitate schools to provide a safe learning environment, and we provide psycho social support to teachers and students.


With funding from

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finnish Government, Red een Kind, ZOA the Netherlands.