No Lost Generation

No Lost Generation - Syrian children development center

For three years, the #childrenofSyria have experienced the trauma of war. They have had their lives upended, often losing their homes, family members, and friends. 

  • 5 million children are affected by this crisis. That’s as if children from the 40 largest school districts in the United States had been affected by violence, hunger, or disease.
  • Of those, 1.2 million have been forced to flee the country. Neighboring nations and host communities are struggling to absorb the influx of refugees, often causing a direct impact on their youngest citizens.
  • Nearly 3 million Syrian children are out of school–most for two years now—and growing increasingly vulnerable with each classroom destroyed.

Syria and the region cannot afford to lose a generation of children to hopelessness, especially when it is children who can help drive forward a future of peace. This is why the United States government supports the No Lost Generation initiative.

No Lost Generation is an initiative by governments, the United Nations, and international and non-governmental organizations to address the immediate and long-term impacts of the Syria crisis on a generation of children and youth in Syria and the Near East region.

It aims to expand access to education andprovide psychosocial support to the region's children, strengthen child protection, boost social cohesion and promote peacebuilding to restore hope to millions of Syrian children who fear their future is slipping away. The U.S. government is supporting the No Lost Generation Initiative with programming in all these sectors.

We are also taking part in the multi-partner No Lost Generation social media initiative to raise awareness and encourage people to champion the #ChildrenofSyriaand the region. Anyone can be a part of the movement by visiting championthechildrenofsyria.org and following #childrenofsyria on Twitter. Join us and be a part of the movement to help save a generation of Syria’s children.

Last updated: March 12, 2014

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