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The importance of child-friendly spaces

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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.

 

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.”

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

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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.

Childhood faces displacement: How protection mobile teams help displaced children

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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.

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”

Women’s Creative Center in northern Syria

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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.

Mobile Protection Teams at IhsanRD respond to IDPs

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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.

Youth Support Center in Jarablus

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In order to empower young people, help them secure professional qualifications, become socially self-reliant individuals, and to be effectively involved in building their communities, the Youth Support Center in Jarablus opens its doors with funding from KSRelief .