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The importance of child-friendly spaces

By | Latest News, Protection

Child-friendly spaces are a safe environment to support children’s rights and well-being under emergency circumstances. Through the Protection Sector IhsanRD provides protection to children by creating safe spaces through which they can participate in organized play, adaptation and self-expression activities. The safe spaces raise awareness about risks to children, mobilizes community capacity to begin the process of providing a healthy and safe environment for children, and provides information on the various services and support available in the region.

 

Children in the shadow of war in Syria

Many children are exposed to different types of violence and exploitation in the context of war. There’s also a lack of support and little effort to provide a safe, supportive, and service environment for children. There is also a lack of general knowledge regarding children’s rights and the types of abuse they are subject to in their communities on a daily basis by social norms, parents, or even peers.

 

According to a UNICEF report, after 10 years of conflict in Syria, 90% of children are in need of support. The war, economic crisis, and the Covid-19 pandemic are pushing families to the brink.

 

Child protection programs provide a supportive environment rich with activities and services that help increase children’s level of psychological well-being. Case management services provide them with basic needs that prevent abuse and violence or exploitation in all its forms. These types of services are free and otherwise unavailable in these communities. The safe places also provide psychosocial support services that help provide a child-friendly environment within designated spaces and inform children of their rights and duties towards society.

 

The importance of child-friendly spaces

There are several reasons why child protection programs in crisis conditions are critical. Children are the most vulnerable groups and their dependence on adults for care weakens them and makes them even more vulnerable.

Displacement, separation from parents or society, loss of a parent or loss of a loved one, as well as the loss of home and property all make children more vulnerable. All of these could threaten a child’s life. A lack of security, safety and reliance on humanitarian assistance means that children are vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse. This also makes them more vulnerable to various types of injustice and abuse by caregivers.

The lack of child protection services in crisis conditions including a lack of security, justice and social services may create an environment where children’s rights are violated.

 

What did we do?

Ihsan Relief and Development has worked to provide activities that can provide a better life for children through its child friendly safe spaces. IhsanRD also has mobile teams and emergency response teams to ensure greater access for affected individuals. IhsanRD has conducted these projects in several geographical areas of Syria, including the Damascus countryside, Homs and its countryside, and the Daraa countryside in 2016. Those projects were discontinued and relocated to northwestern Syria due to the mass displacement from southern Syria in 2018. Nine Youth Empowerment centers, 27 child-friendly centers and more than 40 mobile teams have been opened since then. Services have been provided to more than 328,000 children, case management services to 4,600 children and more than 5,700 caregivers.

 

IhsanRD’s experiences have led to the conclusion that child protection activities have a positive impact on society, as these activities are designed to target all members of the community (children, caregivers, community members). Each group of beneficiaries has a responsibility to protect children from all types of violations.

 

Rehabilitation of the water system in Kafr Nasih town

By | Latest News, Wash

The war in Syria has caused a lot of destruction in the water infrastructure, and many health facilities have been disrupted, whether those related to the supply of water for domestic, agricultural and industrial purposes or to sewage treatment as well, as this puts people at risk of constant suffering and negatively affects their health.

The town of Kafr Nasih, like many other areas in northwestern Syria, its residents suffer from the difficulty of securing water and importing it from remote places, and taking rugged roads. In addition to the financial cost of accessing water, this water may be unsafe for human use.

IhsanRD considers water sector as a high priority, especially clean and sterilized drinking water, it recently provided potable water to this town by rehabilitating the entire water system there, IhsanRD established a solar energy system with a capacity of 54,000 electric watts which can provide 500 cubic meters of water daily.

Through this project, IhsanRD used solar energy since it is safe and sustainable energy, and it also contributes to a clean environment, reduces noise (silent clean energy), and even on an economic level, it does not cost people maintenance and operational fees.

Number of people benefited from this project is 11,000 , including town’s residents and the displaced people in nearby camps.

 

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Those women are amazing, they turned the fabric scraps into valuable pieces

By | FSL, Latest News

Our masks’ manufacturing project has been completed.

It has produced 1,133,000 non-medical masks, taking into account sterilization standards. The project employed 122 workers under the cash-for-work program in the countryside of Idlib and Aleppo. IhsanRD held an exhibition for recycling fabric scraps, highlighting ways of reusing masks’ offcuts, in addition to training workers on a new type of production.

The project ended with training 40 female workers in sewing, so that they can have a sustainable job and income.

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10 years of war in Syria

By | Latest News

10 years passed and the pro-democracy movement is still ongoing

Millions of Syrians fled their homes, gave up their dreams, and started the daily struggle for survival … This is the life of Syrians today

 

Today’s Robot Builder – Tomorrow’s Doctor

By | Education, Latest News, Protection

On the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Ihsan Relief and Development reaffirms its commitment and work towards gender equality  

 

Bana is a 12-year-old Syrian girl, originally from Aleppo city. The war has forced her family to move twice. Schools have often been closed due to COVID-19. “Like all girls in Syria, I live a difficult childhood”.

 

Bana misses playing with her friends at school and learning new things – “When I can attend school I behave politely and work hard because I want to be a doctor and help sick people”. One day, a friend told her about a Women and Girls Safe Space where they take care of girls and teach them useful skills. Bana visited the Safe Space with some of her sisters. “I started to attend a robot building course – the sessions were amazing and new goals were set for each time. My new friend and I were so impressed and excited when we were able to make the robot walk! The robot is good – it helps us to use our intellectual skills.”

 

“I like to learn to make my future bright. I hope that this war will end soon so I can return safely with my family to our home in Aleppo. I am sure this is the dream of every girl here.”

Another story for a displaced family, the hero this time is the elder sister

By | FSL, Latest News, Success Stories

In a humble tent sewn from cloth, Samah, 30, lives with her two sisters and brother in the harsh conditions of displacement in western Aleppo countryside.
Samah’s life was completely turned upside down after she lost her parents as a result of the shelling that targeted the city of Sinjar in Idlib countryside, where her family lived, and then Samah found herself responsible on her family, besides the responsibility of taking care of her brother Salim 18 and her sister Samar 19 who have Down’s syndrome since she is the older sister who used to spend time with them, along with her younger sister, Salma, 26.
“We escaped at night from the constant shelling, we couldn’t take anything with us but our old and torn clothes. We headed north till we reached Aleppo countryside, we had no shelter, it was summer and the sun burns like a hell!. I could manage to get a few pieces of cloth and made a tent to become our new home. I had to do whatever it takes to find shelter for me and my family” Samah said.
Samah is the only breadwinner for her family and she works all day during the hot summer and cold winter in harvesting crops to be able to meet the basic needs of her family, and because of her absence at work she was not able to take care of her brother Salim and sister Samar and spend time with them as they used to before the displacement and the death of her parents.
Ihsan Relief and Development, in partnership with the World Food Program (WFP), provides monthly food aid to 34,000 from the most vulnerable families in northern Syria. IhsanRD team reached Samah’s family and provide them with a monthly food basket to help them withstand the harsh circumstances surrounding them.
The monthly food basket they received removed a huge burden of securing food on a daily basis, and now, Samah has more time to take care of Salim and Samar. Samah told us about their hopes that one day they will return home.

How days pass like years, a long journey of displacement that Ahmed’s family going through

By | Latest News, Shelter&NFI, Success Stories

Ahmed, 72, displaced from the southern countryside of Idlib with his family of 13.
Due to the recent military escalation in Hama and southern Idlib, and with the intensification of shelling on villages and on the civilian communities, Ahmad’s family was forced to flee like hundreds of thousands of Syrian families who left their homes and villages and headed north, where the situation is relatively safer.
“We left our house with the clothes we were wearing until we reached the western countryside of Aleppo, and we stayed in this worn tent with no mattresses or covers, we just wanted to survive!!
The villagers gave us an old mat and two mattresses to sleep on.” Ahmed said.
It was the most difficult thing Ahmed faced when he saw his children sleeping at night while they were lying on that worn mattresses. Before the displacement, he used to look after his children and cover them while sleeping at night.
“We were in this situation for 20 days, but we felt like it’s 20 years” said Ahmed.
In partnership with CARE International, IhsanRD is carrying out an Emergency Response to the newly displaced people in the north of Syria through the provision of emergency kits that contain mattresses, mat, plastic sheeting and insulation for the tent as well as a water jerrycans and a solar lamp, in addition to the kitchen kits containing spoons, dishes and a pot for cooking and mugs. Of these, 4,500 new arrived displaced families have benefited from this project in the western Aleppo countryside.
Ahmad received this aid and returned to his tent with the distribution team at IhsanRD. The family was very happy to get this assistance as the children opened the kits and scattered the items on the floor of the tent while they are laughing.
Now, Ahmed’s children can sleep on soft mattresses and enjoy the warmth of their blankets in the hope that one day they will return to their home and sleep safely in their beds when the war ends.