We are appalled by the unimaginable hardship experienced by millions of people fleeing conflict.
The brutal and horrifying civil war in Syria since March 2011 has led more than 5 million people to flee the country and more than 6 million are internally displaced. Most of them are women and children, in fact children alone make up half of those affected. It is the largest refugee and displacement crisis in our time.
Within Syria, families can face violence, a collapsed infrastructure (95% lack adequate healthcare and 70% lack regular access to clean water) and years of missed schooling.
In refugee camps conditions are hard, there is malnutrition and disease due to poor sanitation, child labour, and a lack of education opportunities.
The Syrian Vulnerable Person Re-settlement Scheme (“VPRS”) was launched in 2014 with the aim of identifying vulnerable refugee families, including people requiring urgent medical treatment, survivors of violence and torture and women and children at risk, and re-settling them in the UK.
Community Sponsors can apply to the Home Office to support a family resettled in the UK under the VPRS.