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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”

By | Latest News, Protection

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.

Emergency response to IDPs in collaboration with UNICEF

By | Latest News, Shelter&NFI, Videos, Wash

In cooperation with our partners, #IhsanRD is meeting the needs of displaced families in northern Syria through the provision of water and sanitation services, and the distribution of hygiene and dignity kits to as many people as possible.
Your support will help us deliver assistance to the most vulnerable people in Syria, especially among displaced communities.

Women’s Creative Center in northern Syria

By | Latest News, Protection, Videos

“At first we were a little scared of going to the women’s support center, but later we became as one family at the centre… I recommend all the women to come and learn at the center.” – One of the trainees in the sewing class at Women’s Creative Center supported by IhsanRD.