• Sleeping outside on your church, school, workplace or home (or crammed inside for those that want to) .
  • Set up a fundraising page and get friends and family to sponsor you. Spread the word on social media using #sleepoutforsyria. 


  • To stand in solidarity with our church partner in Lebanon who are helping  refugees, and to symbolise the Church as a place of hope where refugees can to turn to for help.  
  • To raise much needed funds for our partner so they can continue to help refugee families.
  • To show empathy to the millions of homeless Syrian families.


Tearfund is responding to the crisis as a member of the Integral Alliance

As their streets are destroyed and they fear for their lives, millions of Syrian families flee from their homes, holding the hands of their children.

When they arrive in bordering countries like Lebanon, they have no choice but to live in tents or in cramped garages and other substandard accommodation. Unable to work, and with humanitarian aid dwindling, conditions are becoming more and more desperate.

Our partner, the Lebanese Baptist Society, has been working tirelessly since 2011 to help some of the most desperate Syrian Refugee families in Lebanon. But they tell us conditions are worsening considerably and hopelessness is growing.

Running a sleep out

  • Get everyone to sleep out from 5pm to 7am the next morning.
  • You may want to arrange a security guard if you are sleeping outside in an urban area.
  • You’ll need access to toilet facilities.
  • You can sleep in tents with sleeping bags and mats as many refugee families are living in tents or crammed garages.
  • Remember to bring food and drink.
  • Make sure you set up a fundraising page
  • Take photos of your event and post them on Facebook and Twitter using #sleepoutforsyria, and tag Tearfund New Zealand! We’ll pass them on to our partner in Lebanon to show refugee families that you’re standing with them.

Donate to help Syrian refugee families



Note: If funds raised exceed Tearfund’s funding requirements for this appeal, your gift will go to our General Disaster Fund for future disaster response and preparedness. *Match funding from the New Zealand Aid Programme is capped at $2.5 million across all aid agencies.