In Eastern Europe, where the majority of our European programs are based, children, families and communities face staggering challenges every day.
Many of the struggles they face tie back to their time under the oppression of Soviet communism. Across the region, World Vision is working to provide millions of children with access to quality and affordable education and health services, as well as knowledge of their rights and a means to protect themselves from those who would exploit them. Since 2015, we have also been providing support for Syrian and Iraqi refugees transiting through Serbia.
Support the vulnerable children affected by the Syria Crisis
Approximately 5.6 million people have managed to escape Syria, of these UNICEF estimates 2.6 million are children. They are now facing challenges no child should ever endure, missing school, working as child labourers and girls vulnerable to early marriage.