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Distribution of food baskets in cooperation with WFP – Video

By | FSL, Latest News, Videos

“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.

IhsanRD’s team has distributed 1350 shares of meat during Eid al-Adha

By | FSL, Latest News

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.

Funded by King Salman Relief Center, a new project to support Small Business Grants in the northern countryside of Aleppo

By | FSL, Latest News

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.

Summer clubs … an opportunity to enhance students’ love for their schools

By | Education, Latest News

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.

Mobile Protection Teams at IhsanRD respond to IDPs

By | Latest News, Protection

Exposure to psychological stress among IDPs, especially children, may affect them for the rest of their lives.

What Does IhsanRD do about it?

At the reception points of the displaced, in the camps and during the long journey of displacement, thousands of children find themselves in a state of instability or are held in a place where they do not know where they will go after and how the next phase will be and what the unknown fate awaits them, which may affect their psychological stability and development in future.

IhsanRD and through Mobile Protection Teams helps displaced children and adults to overcome the plight of displacement through the provision of psychological support services and management of critical cases and recreational activities for children in addition to awareness sessions for parents and adults.

When the displaced feel this support, it will help to overcome the negative effects associated with the stress experienced by displaced families such as the emergence of unhealthy lifestyles, hostile behavior and psychological situations, whether simple or advanced.

IhsanRD’s mobile protection teams responded to the large waves of displacement that have reached northern Syria recently from Ghouta and northern Homs countryside. After years of besiegement, large numbers of displaced people arrived on an arduous journey that had a profound impact on children and adults. This led to an urgent response by seven mobile teams providing recreational activities for children as well as adult awareness sessions on child protection, gender-based violence and awareness raising of mine risk education. They also provide the first psychological aid to the displaced as soon as they arrive to inform them of their places of reception and the map of services available in the region, and distribute baskets of dignity to women and girls.

In addition to these activities, IhsanRD’s Protection Team provides referral services to the protection centers for children and women within IhsanRD or the centers of other humanitarian organizations, as the case may be.

As protection services for children, women and the most vulnerable are usually linked to other services, IhsanRD coordinates between its various programs to manage situations requiring special assistance through mobile teams providing direct support to vulnerable situations selected according to weaknesses criterias identified in the program.

As part of the emergency response campaign for IDPs, about 28,875 people will benefit from the services provided by IhsanRD’s Mobile Protection Tteams, including 20,200 children.

Protection program at IhsanRD trains the members of mobile teams to be responsible for providing a high quality of services to the beneficiaries, there have been multiple trainings for 53 members of the mobile teams on various topics in child protection, gender-based violence, ERW, Separated children.

IhsanRD also train 75 Ihsan staff members from its various programs sectors on the principles of protection and identification of cases that need coordination with the case management team.

How monthly food baskets assist displaced families to survive in northern Syria

By | FSL, Latest News

From displacement to another, the suffering of Syrians continues. Hoping to return to their homes one day, the families now are spending their days trying to survive.
The war in which more than 400,000 people have lost their lives and a further 11 million civilians have been displaced from their homes, causing a deep humanitarian crisis in the country and the whole region.

Basic resources like water and shelter are scarce, and millions of children have been uprooted from school and any sense of stability. Harsh winters and hot summers make the life for a displaced person even more difficult. The effects of the conflict are unimaginable.

One fact is very simple: millions of Syrians need our help. According to the U.N., $4.6 billion was required to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable Syrians in 2017 — but only a little more than half was received.
The host communities of displaced people, such as those in Idlib and Northern Aleppo, received them and provided shelter, but this is not enough to meet the basic needs of displaced families. Goods and services are expensive and difficult to obtain in many areas devastated by war.

The crucial question facing the head of the family like Mu’taz is how will I feed my family today?
Moataz, who has fled from northern Hama, was able to secure a modest income job in an effort to support his family, but he could not provide enough food for them because of expensive prices.
“When we had no food to eat, we sent our children to borrow from neighbors. Sometimes, we ate less so that our children could eat,” says Moataz’s wife.

This is what happened with the Mu’taz family, like many displaced families, before IhsanRD launched its project of distribution food baskets supported by the World Food Programme. IhsanRD’s team provides monthly food baskets for 19,982 families in Al-Atareb, A’zaz and Daret Ezzah in the camps and within host communities.

This assistance often provides a lifeline for vulnerable families. As food needs are met, Mu’taz can now provide his family with other basic needs besides food.
“Now I do not worry much about getting food how and where. IhsanRD’s food distribution center is close to my home” says Moataz.

What can we do?
In many areas where it works, IhsanRD is implementing food security projects and supporting the livelihoods of affected communities to help them meet their needs and reduce their dependence on aid. Where IhsanRD teams work in several projects to support and rehabilitate bakeries and food security facilities and assist the people and training them on gardening skills and the cultivation of home gardens and support for farmers and cash-for-work projects.

Livestock Support Project

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In Livestock Support Project funded by KSRelief, not only are we delivering cows to the most vulnerable families, but we also follow-up and coach them on techniques to ensure that each family will be able to produce dairy and other products to rely on itself and earn a living.

Rehabilitation Of main bakery in Mohambel

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At IhsanRD, we believe that our mission to support food security in Syria is not limited to emergency response in the form of food baskets, but also to provide sustainable services through the rehabilitation of bakeries and different food facilities. Watch how IhsanRD’s team rehabilitates the main bakery in Mohambel in partnership with Welthungerhilfe and funded by German Foreign Office, serving more than 50,000 people in 12 villages around the town in Idlib.

Story of Thabit – Home Gardening Project

By | FSL, Latest News, Success Stories, Videos

In the Home Gardening Project, we do not only provide agricultural tools and resources, but IhsanRD’s team also trains beneficiaries to be more productive and self-reliant. In the video, watch how Thabit benefits from the training and support provided by IhsanRD to convert his land into an income source for his family.

Funded by King Salman Humanitarian Aid And Relief Centre, IhsanRD launched a new project to support small businesses in northern Syria

By | FSL, Latest News

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 month. Afterward, it will expand to several villages in the northern countryside of Aleppo. The project provides support to 150 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.