The conflict in Syria has resulted in a severe and worsening emergency.
Around 2 million refugees have now fled violence in Syria and are in desperate need of shelter, food and water.
Oxfam's response has already helped over 200,000 people and we are aiming to reach up to 650,000. We're also calling for the urgent peace talks world leaders have promised without further delay.
The suffering of Syrian people will not stop unless world leaders find a political solution to the crisis. Presidents Obama and Putin promised to start peace talks back in May - but nothing's happened yet.
We’ve launched a global petition calling on world leaders to get peace talks back on track.
Stand up for Syria
The conflict in Syria has resulted in a dramatically deteriorating humanitarian crisis. Violence continues to escalate due to fighting between government forces and opposing groups. Explosive weapons are being used in densely populated areas, resulting in widespread death, injury, and displacement.
Around 2 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries in the hope of escaping violence, many with little more than the clothes on their backs.
What Oxfam is doing to help
In Lebanon, Oxfam is providing vulnerable families with cash assistance to help them afford safe housing and basic goods for their families. The money is being transferred directly to families via money transfer firm Western Union. This is the first time we have distributed cash in this way.
We are also distributing vouchers which people can exchange for hygiene products such as soap and washing powder as well as food in local shops. We are improving the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) conditions in various locations across Lebanon, including through the improvement of facilities at household level to ensure people, many of whom are living in temporary settlements, have access to safe water and sanitation facilities.
Oxfam is also working with a local NGO, Najdeh, to provide psycho-social support to women refugees living in Palestinian camps.
In Jordan we're working in Za'atari refugee camp - providing people with water and sanitation facilities. We have currently reached some 20,000 Syrian refugees with emergency latrines and have recently completed shower, toilet and laundry blocks to reach 8,000. Oxfam is also co-ordinating hygiene training to prevent the spread of life-threatening diseases. We have held hygiene lessons with children and a tile-painting project giving them the chance to decorate the tiles in the wash blocks.
We are also working with the vulnerable refugees who are living outside the camp in informal settlements - mainly tents - providing cash support. We have now started supporting families in host communities through cash to help them pay their rent. ATM cards will be given to refugees so they can withdraw the money themselves. Hygiene products are also being distributed as well as water filters to ensure people have safe water to drink.
Oxfam is increasingly concerned about the water and sanitation situation Syria. Infrastructure has been badly damaged by the ongoing conflict. Oxfam is starting work inside Syria to provide 300,000 people with emergency water and sanitation activities.
More than 750,000 children are now refugees from Syria. One of them is Reema, a 12 year old poet afraid to reveal her true name, but not to bear her heart. Please take a moment to listen to her words
Kiwi meets Syrian refugees
New Zealander Janna Hamilton reports from Zaatari camp.