More than 2.1 million people have so far fled the violence in Syria. Amongst them are tens of thousands of older women and men who are in desperate need of assistance.
What we're doing
HelpAge International, in partnership with Handicap International, is working in Lebanon and Jordan where there are more than 35,000 Syrian refugees aged 60 or over.
Older men and women and people with disabilities are some of the most vulnerable in conflicts. They face specific risks and their needs are very different from those of other groups.
Our small teams of trained social workers and other specialists are working in the refugee camps and local communities to identify individual older people and people with disabilities who need help.
These teams then ensure the refugees receive the help they need such as shelter and healthcare for injuries and chronic diseases.
Working in this way, with individual older people, injured and disabled people and their families, we target assistance at the most vulnerable people, helping them to survive this terrible crisis and do so with dignity.
Our response also includes direct cash assistance to vulnerable refugees and Jordanian families living in urban areas in Jordan.