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How the legal awareness team at IhsanRD helps IDPs to obtain legal documents

By | Latest News, Protection, Success Stories

There are many different stories of displaced people who flee the war zones in Syria, but they share the common issue of obtaining the legal documents.
Although years of displacement and stability in relatively safe areas, a large number of displaced people remain without legal documents either because of losing their property during displacement or because they do not know how to apply for new official documents in the places they fled to, such as the case of Hussein and his family, who settled in a random IDPs camp in the northern countryside of Aleppo after fleeing from their town in Sefirah.
The journey of Hussein’s family began in Al-Bab city, but due to the high rents of the houses there and the difficulty of finding a suitable job, Hussein was forced to move with his family to an IDPs camp near the city of Al-Bab.
Hussein is married for six years and has two children, a 5-years-old boy, and a 3-years-old girl, but Hussein’s family does not have any identity document that certifies their civil rights after settling in the place they have been displaced to, resulting in many problems and challenges.
“Because we don’t have legal documents, I suffer when I take my children to health centers, and when I register in humanitarian organizations to get the aid that my family needs; apart from the difficulty of moving and crossing security checkpoints,” Hussein said.
The Legal Awareness Team at IhsanRD in Qabbasien has provided awareness sessions for the displaced about registration procedures for marriage certificates, birth certificates and the importance of the legal documents. The group met with Hussein and helped him obtaining all legal documents missing.
The first thing that the legal awareness team did was to accompany Hussein and his family to the nearest civil registration center to have all identification documents for him and his wife, marriage certificate and a family record. After that, Hussein obtained his full legal rights, which makes it easier for him to enroll his children in school, go to the health centers, register for relief assistance, and facilitate movements and passing the security checkpoints.
“Now I have my legal rights, and feel I’m a member of the society” Hussein said.

With the help of her teacher, Shaimaa returns to play and concentrate in class after losing her parents

By | Education, Latest News, Success Stories

Shaimaa, 9, Syria – Aleppo
A well-trained teacher who brought Shaimaa back on track

At the age of 7, Shaimaa had lost her mother, and two of her brothers, which made her an orphan, as she has lost her father earlier. She stayed with her uncle, who carried the responsibility of her at that time, and had to send her to the orphans school where he expected to be a better place for her with children have similar sad situations like the one she had.
Shaimaa’s family is not displaced, given that they live already in one of the most famous destinations of internally displaced families, Al Atareb subdistrict in Aleppo countryside. This area was highly targeted and affected by the armed confrontations and the air strikes bombardings. Shaimaa’s family wasn’t a family of high income, but it was a family of a good education, her parents were both teachers, and hoped to raise their children to be educated at the highest level. The father, died as a result of the confrontations to leave the mother with 4 sons and 2 daughters to raise, support, and educate. The mother kept doing what she knew the best, teaching. She did that in the school supported by Save the Children through IhsanRD, Banat Al Atareb. Unfortunately, after the heavy bombarding targeted Al Atareb in December 2016, the family of Shaimaa lost the only provider and two sons who were scared and hiding their heads under their mother arms. Shaimaa’s uncle, wasn’t able to provide the needed financial and emotional support to his 2 nieces and 2 nephews, bearing in mind that he also lost other two brothers who in their turn left their families to face the hardships of living in Syria alone. For Shaimaa, the orphans’ school, wasn’t the right place to learn. But, her childish hope stayed inside here, wishing for a better tomorrow. The teachers of Banat Al Atareb school, stayed loyal to their beloved colleague Fatima Jalloul (Shaimaa’s mother) and never forgot Shaimaa, after the developments made in their school by IhsanRD, they reached out to Saimaa’s sister (21 years) which turned to be a college student and works as well as her youngest brother (19 years) in order to provide the minimum standard of livings to their siblings after they all came back to live in the same house they used to live in after being rehabilitated. On the 1st of October 2018, Shaimaa came back to be enrolled in her school at the 4th grade, where her mother used to teach for nearly 10 years. The traumas Shaimaa experienced had a lot of impact on the small girl, she now fears any sudden voices because of the bombardings targeted her home “the most thing scared me was the bombarding, it was hitting our house”. Shaimaa’s teacher Zahra who attended the “Child Safeguarding Policy training” for three days as well as other training delivered by IhsanRD staff, noticed that she is not showing the same reactions in classes as her teammates, not engaging with them in the playground, and talk as less as she can. The teacher tried to excite Shaimaa, by talking to her and gaining her confidence, motivating her for classes, and what matters more, talking with her about her family, and her parents whom she missed. The teacher noticed that drawing is one of the very useful tools for children to express their thoughts, therefore she
motivated the children including Shaimaa to draw and she even draws with them, using the materials provided by IhsanRD. It is obvious that Shaimaa will keep remember her mother and father and talk about them as she said: “the thing which will help me the most, is to have my parents living with us again”. But isn’t much better for Shaimaa to be able to mention her parents and express her feeling of the tendency to them? in order to go through these difficult days of her life. Shaimaa’s teachers insisted on helping her to overcome her issues and get back on track in her class. In the end, she was so proud and pleased “Shaimaa is playing with her friends again, fulfils her hobbies, and we draw together a lot”. Even though the education Shaimaa had in the 2nd and 3rd grade wasn’t as good as she deserves, she managed to excel in her class with the support of her caring teacher.
Shaimaa now is participating in class actively, she is playing with her friends especially her best friend “Jana”, and she is talking to her teacher a lot. Now, Shaimaa is more optimistic about achieving her amazing ambition “my dream is to be a doctor. I will continue my education and fulfil my dream”.

North of Hama Governorate Profile 2019

By | Latest News, Needs assessment reports

During 2018, many events affected the North-West of Syria, where there was a change in the control areas and clashes zones in addition to the continuous displacement from Homs and southern Syria such as Eastern Ghouta and Daraa governorate in addition to the displacement from the province of Quneitra and also increase the frequency of displacement within North West of Syria where the regime tried to launch fierce campaigns to regain control of opposition areas.
As a result of all these events, there were more than 550,000 people who were displaced to the North West of Syria in Idleb, Aleppo and North Hama. This resulted in the concentration of large numbers of host community HC, who are originally among the neediest and in addition to a large number of IDPs in a small area with an estimated total population of 3,868,228 in North-West Syria.
All these factors showed that the situation in these areas needs an emergency and urgent intervention, and due to the rapid change in the situation since MSNA 2018 this report will highlight the basic needs in all mentioned sectors for North Hama.
IhsanRD, in an attempt to capture a view of the humanitarian situation in Northern Hama governorate, performed Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment, due to rapid change in the security situation and the demographic change on the ground.
This report provides a community-level analysis of the humanitarian situation in Northern Hama. It analyzed changes in major humanitarian sectors of displacement, shelter, NFI, food security and livelihood, protection, WASH, education, and emergency for three subdistricts (Kafr Zeita, Madiq Castle, and Ziyara) over a period of three months from August to October 2018.

Childhood faces displacement: How protection mobile teams help displaced children

By | Education, Latest News, Protection, Success Stories

Kasem, 12 years, the oldest of his five brothers. due to war and bombardment, Kasem and his family were forced to leave their home in Hama and headed to the north of Syria where it is a relatively safer place for them till they settled in an IDPs camp in Harim Sub District, Idleb.

The experience of forced displacement made Kasem out of school, and no friends to play with, thinking of the play yard he used to spend most of his time in, “I miss my school and my family’s field of olive trees, I miss home, and everything”, loneliness that is what was Kasem suffering the most.

Kasem’s father was concerned about his oldest son and added: ” My family went through a long and harsh journey of displacement, I’m worried about my children’s future for being out of school all this time.”

Loneliness and sadness that Kasem was feeling ended when IhsanRD Protection Mobile Team arrived to the camp, where the team launched a series of group activies, and out of nowhere the happiness spreaded among the children, Kasem and his brothers started to play with other kids, they forgot about the displacement at least for a while.

Also, IhsanRD team supported the informal education space in the camp with learning instruments and provided the children with books, bags, and stationery, Kasem and other kids returned back to school.

Kasem’s dream is to have a stable life, returning to the olive trees and their old home, and completing his education to become a teacher at their village school.

With THF support, IhsanRD is implementing a protection response through integrated mobile emergency services in NW Syria, we have managed to reach more than 50,000 IDP’s with different services like rising awareness sessions, psycho-social support, case management, and recreational activities for children.

Learn about the campaign “16 days of activities to combat gender-based violence”

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Within the Women’s Creativity Centers supported by IhsanRD in the North of Syria, “16 days of activities against gender-based violence” was held during the last couple weeks.
What are the 16 Days of Activism?
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign, which takes place between November 25 – marking the International Day against Violence against Women and Girls – and December 10 – International Human Rights Day – in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize, by linking the two anniversary, that violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights.
The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.
This year, the 16 Days of Activism global theme is: “End gender-based violence in the world of work”. However, the Turkey hub GBV SC decided to extend the coverage of the campaign to a more holistic one. In consultation with members of the GBV SC in the field, the GBV SC, therefore, agreed on the contextualized theme: “END GBV IN ALL PLACES: WE ALL HAVE A ROLE”.
What activities took place in 16 days?
– Distribution of awareness brochures on issues of violence against women and girls.
– Presentations and plays aimed at raising awareness about the consequences of domestic violence on all members of the family.
– Promotion of the campaign through home visits through preparing gifts made at the Women’s Creativity Centers, accompanied by a message on gender-based violence and the goal of a 16-day campaign.
– The Family Day: The protection centers opened their doors to community members and families to visit the center and learn more about gender-based violence and to have an opportunity to reflect on the nature of their role in ending gender-based violence.

Training of beneficiaries in the Small-Grants Project funded by KSrelief

By | FSL, Latest News

Following-up to the implementation of the Small-Grants Project in the northern countryside of Aleppo, funded by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre.
After collecting the applicants’ requests to the project in Al-Bab and Jarablus cities and verifying these requests to reach the most people in need and eligible beneficiaries who were selected after ensuring that their applications were aligned with the criteria set for this project. The beneficiaries were trained in groups of 25 or 30 trainees to ensure that the idea was well explained and get the best possible result. The training subjects concentrate on project planning and implementation, writing proposals, conducting economic studies of these projects, taking into account the principles of safety and security at work and environmental principles.
Through this training, IhsanRD aims to support beneficiaries in planning and developing their ideas and giving them the opportunity to increase income and achieve sustainability in their future projects. On the other hand, the training courses will support the beneficiaries to apply for subsequent grants to support them for the implementation of their future projects.
The Small-Grants Project is part of many projects funded by KSrelief in several Syrian governorates aimed at strengthening the resilience of the Syrians to face the harsh conditions they have suffered since the beginning of the war, also, aim to transfer beneficiaries from the state of dependence on relief assistance to work and production.

Mamdouh goes back to growing wheat in his field

By | FSL, Latest News, Success Stories

Mamdouh Saleh, 55, from Al Hawash village in Hama countryside.
He and his family with eight children faced harsh conditions because of the war. Their displacement journey from their village continued for three years, where they forced to flee to Atmeh camp near the Turkish border.
When the situation began to stable, Mamdouh returned to the village to find his field barren and lifeless. He had to leave it without cultivation because he could not afford the reclamation costs. He had to work with his daughters in his neighbors’ farms for a living.
Mamdouh found a chance to return to cultivate his field through the Wheat Support Project implemented by IhsanRD funded by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre. He began planting his farm this year after receiving the seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides and the following guidance from the agricultural experts within the project team.
Mamdouh expressed great pleasure and optimism that the cultivation of his land will enable him this year to dispense with the work for others and improve his family’s situation.

IhsanRD has launched Olive Tree Support project in southern Idlib countryside

By | FSL, Latest News

What do olive trees mean to the people of Idlib?
They are not just a source of food, they are a source of pride and a reason for staying.
Learn more about how IhsanRD supports olive farmers and the livelihoods of working women.

The project aims to empower mid-size olive farmers through supporting the value chain of olives trees in northern Syria – Idleb province (Kafar Nobol and Hass) communities, where 600 olive farmers will be supported, each farmer will receive inputs and services such as empty olive oil tin-tank, linoleum sheets pruning scissor and saw, balanced fertilizer. In addition to that, olive harvesting service will be provided by securing 640 women daily workers for harvesting olive trees within Cash For Work program at IhsanRD. The workers were selected from women who are residents or displaced women in this area who have no income and can work. Weakness criteria were considered in the selection of working women who are head of their families or have special needs case within the family.
Also providing autumn tillage, and olive oil analysis service for each farmer with the provision of marketing labels.
Training sessions will be held for 10% of the beneficiaries both theoretical training and in the field in order to raise the level of knowledge and develop the practice of the trainees.

Parenting Skills Program at the Women’s Creativity Center

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“After 5 years of suffering with my child’s problem of bedwetting, I lost hope and completely surrendered to this situation and I thought that it’s a genetic problem”

Entesar, a mother of three children, lives with her family in a village near the city of Armnaz.
She heard about the Women’s Creativity Center in Armanaz, supported by IhsanRD, where training sessions were held for women in many domains.
“Even though I live in another village, I visited the center and I learned that a parenting skills program will start soon”
The program is conducted by the Psychosocial Support team and addressing the problems facing children. “I did not know that in this wonderful place I will find the key to my problem. After the trainer presented the problem of involuntary urination, I followed all the steps that she guided me through, so I have learned that there are several reasons for this problem.”
Indeed, her child’s situation improved significantly when Entesar followed the advice she received in the training.
“What helped me the most that I rationally analyzed the reasons of the problem and had a strong determination to help my child in crossing over this challenge. Thank God I finally did it with the help of the trainer who gave my problem a lot of attention”.
In the end, Entesar sent a message to the Syrian mothers:
“We’re the mothers must be strong and have the determination to face the hardships of life”

Sultan gets a high school diploma and takes a seat at the university

By | Education, Latest News, Success Stories, Wash

Sultan al-Jassim “Abu Mohammed” from the town of Souran, in the northern countryside of Hama, was a local teacher in the village elementary school for 20 years. Due to the war, Sultan was forced to move and live in IDPs camps in the area of Ma’arat al-Nu’man in Idlib, under very harsh conditions. IhsanRD’s team met Sultan during the water services activities of WASH program, as the members of the team were impressed by Sultan’s determination despite his difficult circumstances and age, dreaming in a better future. He graduated from high school with his son and daughter at the same time. He managed to succeed and booked seats at the University of Idlib to study Arabic and his daughter in the Faculty of Education and his son in the Faculty of Architecture. Sultan goes to university every day with his two children and returns to their tent, which does not protect them from hot in summer or cold in winter, believing that man can change his reality with determination and will.