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.
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“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.
When you are a father of 6 and your profession is agriculture, the way you feel at harvest time is like the feeling of waiting for your new baby.
Read Musab’s story, who was able to return to harvesting his field with support from an agriculture project in northern Syria funded by KSrelief.
Musab, a farmer and father of 6 children
“I had left farming and abandoned my field with the outbreak of war because of the high prices and costs of agriculture, which led to the low standard of living of my family which faced difficult times.
One day I learned through the announcements of the local council in the town about the project to support the vegetable growing, funded by the KSrelief. And after being accepted as one of the beneficiaries in the project I received all the agriculture inputs from seeds and fertilizers, pesticides and fuel for irrigation and continued farming operations with the team step In a step we listened to the advice they gave us during the training sessions and we came thanks to God to the harvest stage.
Today the land has returned to production. We thank God because the crop was abundant, it secured the home supplies of vegetables and sold the surplus of them”
The story hasn’t finished yet … the suffering of Fawzi and his family has not ended with the end of their displacement from Ghouta to northern Syria.
Fawzi, like many heads of displaced families, needs to work so his family can survive.
This is what IhsanRD seeks to achieve through the integration of cash-for-work activities projects in Syria.
Difficult days Fawzi has passed through during the journey of displacement from eastern Ghouta, where he witnessed with his family times filled with fear and terror.
Fawzi’s suffering did not end despite the end of the displacement journey from Ghouta to the north, he ran into a painful reality there, where job opportunities are almost non-existent, what caused more suffering and anxiety for him and his family and continued lacking most of the necessities of life. He even lived hard times similar to those he lived during the siege of the eastern Ghouta.
Today, Fawzi, thanks to his work in one of the workshops on school rehabilitation projects supported by IhsanRD in the city of Idlib, has been able to provide support for his wife and children, Fawzi will return home with the needs of his family. That is the happiness that Fawzi hopes to continue alongside his work.
Fawzi’s story resembles dozens of stories of people who have managed to achieve some of their dreams that are limited to getting a job that provides them with some basic needs that helps them to survive.
Have you ever wondered how you would feel when seeing a newly born calf? How will you take care of it and feed it with your hands?
Last week the life Amina’s family has been changed with the birth of the little calf.
As for Amina’s children, the arrival of the new calf was a special event for them, and it seems that a new member will share their cow’s milk, but it does not matter because cow’s milk production has increased anyway!
Ameenah is a mother of four children who lost their father and their breadwinner during the war. Ameenah had to sell all the family’s livestock at the lowest prices and work on farms from time to time, for a small daily wage that was barely enough for her to meet the basic needs of her family.
Ameenah and her family found a glimmer of hope after she been registered in the livestock project funded by King Salman Humanitarian Aid And Relief Centre. After meeting the eligibility criteria, the project team gave her a pregnant cow in the fourth month. It was provided with feed, vaccinations for two months and veterinary care for six months. This helped Ameenah’s family to achieve stability again, and drew a smile on the faces of her children. They were especially happy after the cow gave birth to a new healthy calf last week. The cow is producing milk in larger quantities now, which increases the income and stability of this family. It gave her the opportunity to focus on the future of her children who return to school this year.
“Humanity means giving. When God secures your own humanity, you will give everything you have in return.” – Ghayath, a director of aid distribution point at IhsanRD.
IhsanRD team, in collaboration with the World Food Program, continues to provide food baskets to reduce the burden on displaced people and achieve food security for people in northern Syria.
The days of (Festival of Sacrifice) Eid al-Adha are days of cooperation and endeavor to bring happiness to others.
Because the joy of Eid al-Adha is only complete when people share food and eat from the Eid sacrifice, IhsanRD’s team, supported by Muslim Aid and Muslim Aid USA, distributed 1,350 portions of sacrificial meat in Hanboucheh and Kafr Nobol camps.
Believing in the ability of the Syrians to make living and produce, and towards empowering the most vulnerable people in society, IhsanRD has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a number of local councils in northern Syria in order to start a new project to support small businesses in the region that will give beneficiary families the opportunity to be self-reliant and take the lead in insurance of food and decent living.
This Project is part of a series of projects funded by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, in several Syrian governorates aimed at strengthening the resilience of the Syrians in face of the difficult conditions they have suffered since the beginning of the war. These projects are also directed at moving beneficiaries from a state of dependence on food aid to a state of active work and production.
The Small Businesses Support Project in northern Syria is being implemented over a period of 6 months.
The project provides support to 200 beneficiaries selected from IDPs and host communities from the most vulnerable people.
The project activities include two main phases:
The first phase of the project (training), where the training will be provided to the beneficiaries on the design and planning of small business projects, including the budget planning and development of the project strategy and considering the principles of security and safety and environmental conservation during the implementation of the business. As well as practical training on how to fill the project proposal to be submitted to the selection committee for projects to be supported.
The second phase of the project (support and consultation) After the trainees submit the project proposals, a specialized team from IhsanRD will study the submitted proposals and grant approvals for the projects that meet the criteria. The beneficiaries will be supported by materials and equipment necessary for them to start their own business.
Finally, IhsanRD’s team will provide technical support and consultation to ensure the continuity and success of the project. “By supporting small businesses, we aim at securing stable income for beneficiaries and to give them the opportunity to start their own businesses that support their independence away from relying on traditional relief assistance,” said Mr Loay, project manager at IhsanRD.
The end of the semester does not mean stop going to school! At “Zakaria Batos” school and four other schools in Idlib city, the students continue to attend their classes during the summer. So, why do children prefer to go to the school during the summer vacation instead of enjoying and playing with their friends in the neighborhood or staying at home for rest and relaxation?
The summer clubs that IhsanRD has launched this year witnessed a high turnout among children from the 1st class up to the 9th class of basic education. Education team at IhsanRD is carrying out summer clubs in 5 schools in Idlib, Al-Dana, and Jabal-Sam’an, with up to 1,000 children who prefer to spend the summer vacation with their friends at the school club, where several recreational activities are held such as painting, acting and sports, in addition to the group activities that develop a spirit of friendship and collaboration among them. And certainly, the basic subjects are being taught for students such as mathematics and Arabic and English.
The impact of these clubs is evident in building a strong relationship between the children and the school so that the process of education becomes beloved for children, this changing became clear as the children of neighboring schools enrolled in summer clubs at these schools.
In addition to the activities of summer clubs, in cooperation with one-world children’s organizations, the same schools receive displaced children who, during the ordeal of displacement, have been forced to drop out of their schools, in non-formal education activities aim at providing these children with major subjects such as Arabic, mathematics, and English to help students who have missed their classes.
The number of students who enrolled in these courses reached 1,060 students from the 1st to 6th class in four schools in Dana and Jabal-Sam’an districts.
As an integral step between the programs at IhsanRD, there is a cooperation with the protection program to refer special cases such as the existence of disability or difficulty in educational achievement, which requires the intervention of the protection team to follow cases and help them to overcome the ordeal and better coexistence with friends and surrounding environments.