ACT Alliance Appeal Revision 1 for the ACT Alliance Syria Regional Humanitarian Response, Syria/Jordan/Lebanon

by Elisabeth Gouel | | ACT Alliance - Switzerland
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 13:38 GMT

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Syria (incl. neighbouring countries Jordan & Lebanon)

ACT Alliance Syria Regional Humanitarian Response - SYR131 (Extension and Revision 1)

Appeal Target: US$ 12,218,942

Contr. received:      US$ 6,672,035  
Balance Requested: US$ 5,546,907

Geneva, 25 August 2014

Syria appeal SYR131 has been revised and extended to 31 December 2014. It was originally envisaged to end on 31 August 2014. A number of factors have necessitated this revision and extension, among them the arrival of late funding, the needs on the ground evolving and funding received to date not being sufficient to meet the growing needs of affected people. The original appeal target was US$ 19'954'916. In the original appeal the fifth requesting member was Diakonie Katstrophenhilfe (DKH) Turkey, which completed its project on August 31, 2014 and is not included in this revised and extended appeal. This revision and extension also includes the evaluation of the appeal, which was not part of the initial appeal. All changes are highlighted in blue.

The civil war inside Syria is now extending into its fourth year, and the number of civilian causalities, internally displaced people, and refugees continue to grow to astounding numbers. According to ACT emergency response mechanism guidelines, the crisis qualifies as both a "mega" and a "protracted" emergency.  Millions of Syrians have been forced to leave their homes, almost three million of whom have crossed international borders into neighbouring countries, and who are often unable to meet even the most basic of needs. As of 07 August 2014, the United Nations Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has registered close to 2,943,658 refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt and North Africa, with a further 28,780 persons awaiting registration.

ACT Alliance members have been providing humanitarian support from the onset of the crisis. With 6.5 million USD raised through the appeal SYR121, members were able to assist conflict-affected families inside Syria, as well as refugees and host communities in Lebanon and Jordan. Since the beginning of 2011, ACT members have scaled up their relief programmes and their decades of experience working in the region has enabled them to reach out to communities and adequately address the most urgent needs, in line with humanitarian principles.

The magnitude and complexity of the crisis, as well as the scale of the ACT humanitarian response, called for an external evaluation of appeal SYR121, which was carried out in September/October 2013. The secretariat reserves the right to decide whether or not to commission an external evaluation towards the end of the implementation period of this appeal (SYR131).

ACT members in the region coordinate the humanitarian response as the ACT Jordan/Syria/Lebanon Forum (JSL). The ACT requesting members in this appeal (IOCC, LWF, FCA, DSPR, ) are working in various sectors including health, food and NFI, shelter, education and others. Almost 500,000 people in Syria and neighbouring countries will benefit from the support to be provided by ACT Alliance members through this appeal during the extension period.

For the full appeal document, please click here.