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Making a difference:
AmeriCares has launched a broad response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria through our Global Health Program. The organization has collaborated with local health care institution partners best positioned to meet the health and relief needs of Syrian refugees and affected residents of overwhelmed host communities. AmeriCares aims to provide the tools necessary to increase access to health care, improve health care quality and address the chronic disease burden of marginalized populations in Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. AmeriCares partners include ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) in Lebanon, Jordan Health Aid Society (JHAS), Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) in Jordan and the Syrian American Medical Society.
AmeriCares has delivered medicines and supplies to partners in four countries and to numerous U.S.-based medical volunteers who traveled to the region to provide health care including:
Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria
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Making a difference:
Bluedrop will provide its learning platform to help build the local training capacity required to better equip marginalized groups in Jordan. The program has a particular emphasis on training women so that they are better equipped for new jobs, entrepreneurship and small business success. Bluedrop’s Entrepreneurship and Workforce Resilience Program will support vulnerable populations in the short-term, while at the same time, build national and local capacity to scale up and sustain recovery.
Vulnerable groups in Jordanian host communities will be provided access to the Bluedrop Learning Network through partnerships that Bluedrop will develop with local organizations, such as the Jordan River Foundation which supports 500 community based organizations and reaches 1.5 million women. Organizations that already have infrastructure and programs that target the most vulnerable will be given priority so that their programs can reach scale quickly. Access for individuals will be free. The Learning Platform is also a tool that can foster greater collaboration between Jordanians and Syrian refugees.
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Making a difference:
CARE is working to help Syrians meet their most urgent needs and protect their dignity. We are on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen and Syria, collaborating with partners and helping people displaced by the conflict and the communities hosting them. Here's an overview of the assistance we've been able to provide to date:
In Jordan, we've helped over 451,000 people, including 409,000 refugees and 42,000 host community members. We have supported the construction and the day-to-day running of community centres in Azraq refugee camp. Many refugees also live in crowded conditions in Jordan's towns and cities. We provide emergency cash assistance for refugees so they can pay for urgent basic needs. Most refugees use this support to pay for rent (50%), medication (26%) and food (17%).
“For refugees who have lost everything it is a matter of maintaining dignity by choosing and prioritising their specific needs themselves. It ensures that they do not fall deeper into poverty,” says Salam Kanaan, Country Director of CARE Jordan.
In Lebanon, over a million Syrians are registered as refugees. We've helped almost 159,000 people, providing hygiene kits and helping refugees access further health, legal and social support; installing water tanks; and working with municipalities to improve water supply and sanitation infrastructure for refugees as well as host communities.
In Turkey, we’ve helped over 35,000 people who have fled across the border from Kobane since September 2014, providing food, non-food items such as blankets, and water, sanitation and hygiene assistance.
In Northern Syria, we've reached over 430,000 people with food, water, sanitation and hygiene support.
We have 170 volunteers in the region and work with five local partner organisations.
Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey
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Making a difference:
Concern Worldwide began working in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey in 2013. Interventions in Syria help fill a preventative health care gap there by contributing to the reduction of waterborne diseases spread by controlling insects and sand flies. Concern is also providing conflict-affected populations with access to clean water through the rehabilitation of existing water supply networks. In 2014, teams installed generators, chlorinated water sources, diminished the presence of disease-carrying insects and distributed culturally appropriate hygiene supplies. In neighboring Lebanon and Turkey, Concern is addressing the shelter needs of refugees and giving children access to high quality education, providing psychosocial support to women and children and creating mechanisms for communities to promote gender equality, reduce gender based violence and manage protection issues. The work is ongoing.
In total, in 2014 Concern reached over 73,000 people in Lebanon, and over 852,000 in Turkey and Syria.
In Akkar, the northernmost region of Lebanon, the organizations core focus is around shelter, education, protection and water and sanitation. In 2014, Concern was able to reach over 14,000 vulnerable people through their shelter assistance efforts and 111,904 people through their WASH program. 1400 children enrolled in Concern’s basic literacy and numeracy classes and 2,473 enrolled in the homework support classes. Through the protection program, that strives to build a protective environment for conflict affected Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese communities, Concern was able to reach 1,108 men in 2014 and over 500 men and women participated in the community management program. Concern has responded to flooding and fires in refugee settlements by distributing clothing to children as well as blankets, mattresses and shelter materials for families. Through programs like the Youth Leadership Clubs, a sports program, Concern are working to reduce tensions between the Lebanese and Syrian refugees children.
In Turkey, Concern launched an emergency education program targeting Syrian refugee children living in South East Turkey. In collaboration with the Turkey Ministry of Education, the project has established temporary education centers in existing Turkish school buildings for Syrian children to be taught in accordance with a revised Syrian curriculum. Prior to this, Concern had also distributed hygiene kits to 1,920 refugee households as well as cash transfers to vulnerable Syrian refugees so that they could meet their basic needs for three months.
In Syria, Concern continues to provide access to clean water for 130,000 people. The organization has also provided 23,700 people with hygiene kits containing soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, nail clippers, hair combs, personal hygiene items and nappies for small children.
Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey
Stories from the field:
For many months, all of Tala Sahad’s thoughts were of war. As an 11-year-old refugee living with her mother and younger brother in northern Lebanon, her days were a patchwork of competing emptiness, loss, sorrow, and fears about her father, imprisoned in Syria.
Then Concern Worldwide began an informal education program, gathering children in tents, offering them instruction along with a chance to read, write, draw – and even more – to laugh. Now Tala wakes up early, lives for her schoolwork, and dreams of becoming a doctor. Her mother, 32-year-old Assria, is more circumspect – knowing a refugee child will face many barriers on the way to a professional career – but still grateful for the program.
“I can’t help but worry that she will be disappointed,” said Assria as she offered guests bread with oil and za’atar. “At the same time, I’m so glad she has dreams. All we know about my husband is rumors, and my children miss him. It used to be that they were sad all day long. Now, on school days, they rise before their mother. They finally have something to look forward to.”
In the fighting that began in March 2011, pitting a wide variety of Syrian, regional, and international actors against one another in a devastating civil war, more than 220,000 Syrians have been killed, and almost half the population displaced, many across international boundaries.
Nearly two million Syrian children are refugees, the United Nations Refugee Agency reports, and they should have their right to access to education guaranteed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. But humanitarian aid for education forms only 2 percent of humanitarian aid budgets. In all, UNICEF says about 2.8 million Syrian children are out of school.
In Lebanon, the government has opened public schools to Syrian children, but language barriers, overcrowding and the cost of transportation keep many refugee children out of school. Concern began responding in Lebanon in 2013. Now, Concern supports the education of over 1,850 registered students, including some Lebanese students, in 25 learning spaces, with Lebanese and Syrian “facilitators” to help teach the children. Additionally, Concern was selected by UNICEF to run a homework support program that includes 2,550 students, both Lebanese and Syrian, in 12 learning spaces, including three public schools.
It is not only the children but also the facilitators who are gaining from the informal education program. Aya al-Mahameed, 25, always dreamed of being a teacher. But when she married at age 19 and had her first child within that year, her dreams seemed unlikely. She was the mother of an infant and a toddler when the Syrian war became personal, engulfing her neighborhood.
First her father was imprisoned. Then, “two bombs hit the house next door, killing all the children inside,” she said. Death at her doorstep was the last straw. “We got on a bus with others who were fleeing. The driver drove fast, like a crazy man, but it still took us all day to travel 60 kilometers,” she said. That was two years ago.
Through the Concern informal education program, Aya received teachers’ training. Now she leads classes in art and Arabic. The tent that is Aya’s makeshift classroom shakes noisily in the wind and is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. The children lean over makeshift desks that are sometimes wobbly. But Aya dismisses all of that.
“Outside of school, these kids are still struggling, still talking a lot about the war, and about wanting to return home and fight. But during class time, all they think about is their education,” she said. “This makes their parents happy as well. Yesterday, I got a note from the mother of one of my students, Ali, thanking me for what I am doing.”
Not only is she helping her community and boosting her own self-esteem, but she has become her family’s main breadwinner, thanks to a modest compensation.
“I didn’t have any voice in my family before,” she said. “Now I do.”
One of the students in her class is 12-year-old Fatima, whose favorite subject is Arabic. She fled Syria with her family two years ago. “There were bombs and checkpoints all around my home, and that scared me, but I still didn’t want to leave Syria,” she said. “I miss my home. I miss my friends. Studying is the only thing that helps me forget.”
Ahmad, a Syrian refugee father of four who asked that his last name not be published for security reasons, has four children, and two of them are old enough to attend the classes. He said he is more grateful for the classes than for any other single piece of support his family has received. “This war turned our world upside down. For a time, I wanted to stop living,” he said. “I want to return to Syria but I don’t know that I ever will. If I am going to die here, then I will live for my children, and it is most important that they get educated.”
All content courtesy of Concern Worldwide.
Making a difference:
Cordaid aims to meet the needs of extremely vulnerable refugee households in Lebanon, predominantly in the north and in the Bekaa region, with food assistance, blankets, hygiene kits and physical and mental health.
3,000 Households have received 3 food assistance packages, and within that same group, 500 pregnant women receive an additional $25 food coupon with each package, so they can cater to their specific needs. In addition, this same group receives basic assistance through distribution of bed sheets, towels and hygiene kits; 1,000 of the most vulnerable amongst them receive a mattress as well. For the winter, these households receive wool blankets while 1,000 of the most vulnerable households receive 1 heater and 1 fuel coupon valued at $150 each.
Furthermore, refugees are supported through mental and physical health assistance through 2 mobile clinics and 1 medical centre. 1,000 women and children can improve their well-being through group counseling and psycho-social activities. Special attention is given to victims of human trafficking and sexual and gender based violence.
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Making a difference:
Direct Relief has been supporting medical relief efforts for Syrian refugees in Jordan since 2013. Working with 8 different local Jordanian partners, DRI has been able to supply over $4 million worth of medical aid to dozens of camps and facilities. In Lebanon, DRI has been supporting a large network of hospitals with medical material support and have provided $3.4 million in donations of medical supplies since 2013.
In early 2015, Direct Relief helped organize a medical mission with Salaam Cultural Museum and was able to attend the mission and meet with key players in the Jordanian government, including members of the Ministries of Health, Planning & Cooperation, and the Royal Medical Services. Since those meetings, DRI has been able to directly support 8 high-level hospitals with an initial donation of specialized medicines for treatments of Oncology and Mental Health valued at $277,000 and they are now ordering regularly from Direct Relief.
The Direct Relief sponsored medical mission earlier this year had a special focus on dermatological treatments and issues. Over five days, more than 1,000 patients were seen and treated by two board certified dermatologists. Additionally, a training was done in Al Zaatari camp for the local derm on the usage of a piece of equipment to treat leishmaniasis and that piece of equipment was left beyond to enable ongoing treatment of this devastating condition.
Jordan and Lebanon
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Our programs include a broad range of services, including:
Primary Health Care
We support static health clinics established by national authorities, manage health centers in refugee camps, and operate mobile medical units (MMUs) to reach refugees and IDPs who do not have access to local health care. This program provides an effective delivery of basic health care that promotes overall health and early diagnosis of disease.
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
To address the critical mental health needs of children growing up amid armed conflict, we have established child-friendly spaces both in refugee camps and in urban areas where many refugees reside. These are places where children can feel safe, play and interact with one another. We also training general health care providers--including Syrians—to detect and address mental health problems. Case managers then follow up to ensure that those with mental health issues are put in touch with any additional services they may need.
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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
We distribute hygiene kits to refugees and IDPs and conduct training on essential hygiene promotion topics.
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We provide programs focusing on preventing gender-based violence (GBV) and operate youth empowerment programming for IDPs and refugees. In Jordan, we implement a girl’s empowerment program to build leadership skills.
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Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey
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Making a difference:
More than 3,000 IRC aid workers and local volunteers operating inside Syria and in four neighboring countries have reached more than 3.3 million Syrians fleeing violence with emergency relief and long-term support. The organization is focusing on health care, protection of vulnerable women and children, education, and economic recovery.
The IRC was one of the first aid organizations to assist the thousands of refugees arriving each day on the Greek island, Lesbos. IRC aid workers continue to work around the clock to provide essential services, including clean water and sanitation, to families living in terrible conditions. And we are helping new arrivals navigate the confusing transit process and understand their legal rights. We're also calling on Europe's leaders to do more to make #RefugeesWelcome.
In the U.S., the IRC has resettled 270 of the 1,541 Syrian refugees who have been accepted. The IRC provides immediate aid to refugees, including food and shelter, as well as access to the tools of self-reliance: housing, job placement and employment skills, clothing, medical attention, education, English-language classes and community orientation. We're also calling for U.S. leaders to do more, and accept 100,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016.
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Making a difference:
MOAS consists of international humanitarians, security professionals, medical staff, and experienced maritime officers who have come together to help prevent further catastrophes at sea. They are passionate about the plight of those seeking a better life, free of violence, despite the dangers they face. MOAS was founded by Christopher Catrambone (American) and Regina Catrambone (Italian).
All content courtesy of MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station).
Making a difference:
Mercy Corps works to meet the urgent needs of nearly 4 million people both inside Syria and in neighboring countries – working with people displaced by the conflict as well as their host communities in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
For the past four years the organization has focused efforts on meeting essential needs such as food, water, clothing and shelter; supporting youth and children to help them cope with trauma; offering business skills and jobs training so refugees can support themselves through prolonged displacement; and conflict mitigation to ease tensions and promote cooperation between refugees and their host communities.
Each month, Mercy Corps works through local partners to help about 500,000 vulnerable civilians.
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Making a difference:
Near East Foundation made a two-year commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative to establish three “Siraj Centers” in Lebanon (Bourj Hammoud, Beirut) and Jordan (Zarqa and Russaifeh) to help at least 5,000 Syrian, Lebanese, and Jordanian families restore their livelihoods and achieve a degree of economic security to meet their own needs with dignity. Centers serve as physical safe spaces where Syrians, other refugees, and vulnerable Lebanese and Jordanians—particularly women and adolescent girls—can access training, resources, and information to start small businesses, home-based income-generating activities, and savings accounts to build financial assets. The Siraj Center services are tailored to host communities and refugees alike, based on opportunities to them.
To date, 800 of the participants in the program have shown a business survival rate of 100 percent, and the average household income has increased by 48 percent. Furthermore, 77 percent of women say that more income has resulted in less tension at home. NEF has also completed a financial literacy and savings pilot program with 30 Syrian women in Jordan and initiated the expansion of the financial literacy and savings programs in Zarqa, Jordan—to an additional 42 Syrian and 18 Jordanian women. To date, 100 percent of participants have used savings to start home-based businesses. This is a new approach to building refugee economic security.
All content courtesy of Near East Foundation.
Making a difference:
NetHope is working to meet the needs of the 11 million displaced refugees of Syria by addressing critical information and connectivity needs. Many refugees own mobile phones that are crucial to their ability to make informed decisions and stay connected with friends and family. However, the infrastructure surrounding is lacking. NetHope is working to provide charging stations and WiFi hotspots at landing locations, relief distribution centers, camps and settlements to make sure that refugees can connect to the Internet and to those who can help them.
NetHope is also working with international humanitarian organizations to provide a web portal that will allow refugees to obtain critical information in their own language, online learning solutions for displaced children, and data analytics and data visualizations to assist humanitarian organizations and the international community in their response.
NetHope is coordinating with UNHCR and NetHope’s member nonprofits to conduct a needs assessment in Jordan and along migration routes in Europe to determine specific areas where the need for connectivity is greatest.
Who We Are:
NetHope empowers a network of committed nonprofit organizations, foundations and tech sponsors to change the world through the power of technology. It has grown to represent 43 of the world’s leading international NGOs, ensuring that organizations of all kinds can coordinate their efforts efficiently and effectively to provide for those in their care, particularly during emergencies.
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Making a difference:
Since 2011, Oxfam has now reached 1 million people affected by the crisis across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. In Jordan and Lebanon, Oxfam has reached nearly half a million refugees with clean drinking water or cash and relief supplies, such as blankets and stoves and vouchers for hygiene supplies. Oxfam is helping families get the information they need about their legal and human rights and connecting them to medical, legal and support services.
The organization has built shower and toilet blocks in refugee camps, informal settlements and on deserted routes used by people fleeing Syria and have installed or repaired toilets in communities hosting refugees. Piped water schemes are being developed for Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp and in host communities in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Oxfam is also providing clean water to Syrians inside their country through rehabilitation of infrastructure, water trucking and repairing of wells.
In Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, Oxfam is implementing a large-scale WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) program in partnership with UNICEF (WASH blocks, water tanks, community mobilization, protection), including a water network and an interim waste water solution that are innovatively applied to the camp setting. The water network will benefit approximately 80,000 Syrian refugees currently residing in the camp when completed. The project also ensures effective solid waste management in districts and supports the improvement of camp governance structures.
Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon
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Making a difference:
Pilosio has committed to constructing a deployable, transitional, and easily assembled school structure. Pilosio and Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, began designing a building system that could be easily and quickly assembled in both urban and rural settings. The project has devised a basic framework for schools in refugee camps and can be constructed with the labor of the refugees themselves. The contribution of refugees, including women, in assembling these very simple, quick, and intuitive structures will help them feel ownership of the building and control of the project.
The structure, which combines natural elements, such as sand, with traditional construction materials, such as scaffolding tubes, will provide a safe space for education as well as for other activities in the community. Syrian culture has played an important role in the development of the architectural design. The modular school design is created by arranging the classrooms around a courtyard for children to have their daytime activities. The construction process takes approximately three weeks, and the local materials (sand/earth) allow for easy disassembling without creating pollution. The design also makes it possible to move and reassemble the building in new locations as needed.
Pilosio is proud to announce the opening of a school in District Five of the Za'atari Camp that will accommodate 200 kids in a double shift. The educational program will officially start on August 24th.
Watch Look With My Eyes 2, a clip by Siba Shakib for Pilosio Building Peace Award 2015.
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Making a difference:
The Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) is a Jordanian non-profit organization that raises health awareness and encourages healthy lifestyles and behaviors. Established in 2005 under the direction of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, RHAS has worked with a diverse set of stakeholders to tackle issues as diverse as basic nutrition, hygiene, the benefits of exercise, the hazards of smoking, and other health issues.
In collaboration with the U.N. World Food Programme, RHAS has started a pilot project to provide school meals to around 2,300 students in 10 public schools in in central Jordan. The project also aims to improve health and nutritional awareness and boost healthier eating habits through comprehensive nutritional information and educational resources among the schools’ communities.
The RHAS Healthy Community Clinic (HCC) aims to build the capacity of participating Health Centers to provide better preventive services to empower patients to manage their NCDs and reduce future complications. HCC provides medical practitioners with the training and resources necessary to implement management and prevention-based care to patients in underserved communities (Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians in host communities alike).
The program has reached 550 Syrian refugees suffering from non-communicable diseases and more than 1000 Jordanian patients in host communities near the Syrian border.
Um Ma'en lost two of her sons in the Syrian war. As a Syrian refugee in Jordan, she suffered from high blood pressure and joined the HCC program in Al-Ramtha Comprehensive Health Center. After a few months of attending the educational sessions, Um Ma'en was able to lose the extra weight and get her blood pressure back to a normal range. "I make sure to walk everyday," Um Ma'en said, while explaining how she benefited from the group effect and psychological support. "The program was an opportunity for me to release away all the sorrow and pain I have inside, which helped me to dedicate time for my own health."
All content courtesy of Royal Health Awareness Society.
Making a difference:
Nearly 11 million people have been forced from their homes by the conflict in Syria. Over 3.5 million are children. SOS Children has helped more than 270,000 Syrians survive the hardships of war.
For those forced from home, we have provided food and shelter. For new mothers and their babies, we are supplying nourishment, milk and nappies. We have helped thousands of children return to school, and provided 60,000 meals for hungry families. Over the coming months, we will reach thousands more.
And as the war rages, we continue our ongoing work providing love, care and a healthy, happy childhood to the most vulnerable children of all.
So far, we have:
Provided shelter for the most vulnerable people, including unaccompanied children, as well as new mothers and their babies.
Brought warm clothes, bedding and blankets to families forced to live in cold temporary accommodation after being forced from their homes by war.
Provided 60,000 meals to hungry families displaced by the conflict.
The city of Homs is in ruins after years of war. For some children, these buildings are still home
Helped 16,000 children return to school in autumn 2013 by providing uniforms, equipment and help with tuition fees.
Provided nourishment and essential supplies to new mothers and their children, including milk and nappies for babies.
Created child-friendly spaces where children can find refuge from the horrors of war, be in a place of safety with others their own age, and benefit from the support of childcare experts.
Providing shelter for 1,000 unaccompanied children in Damascus and its surroundings, Aleppo, Homs and Tartous. We will also deliver educational support and skills training, healthcare and nutrition and psychological therapy to these children.
Continuing to offer safety in child-friendly spaces, providing education, therapy, advice, guidance and support to a further 10,000 children in four locations.
Distributing food to 5,000 families, reaching 25,000 people, of whom 15,000 will be children.
All content courtesy of SOS Children's Villages - USA.
Making a difference:
Save the Children has had programs in the Middle East for decades. Despite the danger inside Syria, the organization has reached over 1.2 million people, including over 835,000 children, with life-saving food baskets, education, health services, clean water, warm clothes and support for traumatized children. Across the region, over 2.7 million people, including over 1.7 million children, have benefited from Save the Children response programs to date.
Our integrated approach aims to prioritize education and child protection to ensure the future livelihoods of Syrian children will be secured in the region. Currently, Save the Children is:
Implementing “back to school” operations with provision of school materials, scholarships, school bags and uniforms, youth-friendly spaces, and alternative learning programs that conduct informal education in refugee camps and host communities.
Carrying out a large scale infant and young child feeding program, vaccination campaigns, anemia screening, and workshops on community-based health promotion for health facilitators and community members in refugee camps and host communities.
Running child-friendly spaces and carrying out a range of child protection programs including child resiliency activities, psychosocial support referral, as well as establishing Parent Child Centers and community child protection committees.
Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan
Story from the field:
Kadar’s family left their home in Northern Syria last year because it was too dangerous to stay. Kadar explains: “Everything was so expensive and there was so much shelling. There was no gas. I remember everything about the situation and used to be so afraid. I could not sleep for a very long time because of the loud noise made by the shelling.” The family crossed the border to Iraq, where they rented a house for eight months. But it became too expensive. And Kadar’s father, who had been shot in the arm in a previous conflict, was unable to work. The family settled in a refugee camp with other relatives.
At the camp, Kadar has found new hope by participating in Save the Children’s Youth-Friendly Space. These centers give children and young people living in the camp a safe place to play, learn, interact with other children, talk through their experiences and get back to some sense of normality. Through these spaces, we can also identify vulnerable children who need immediate help to cope with what they have witnessed or experienced in Syria and ensure they get the support they need. “I have been coming to the Youth-Friendly Space for two months. I love music and learned to play the piano back in Syria. I am learning a lot here. I have not been to school for one year and one month but have just registered for the new school in the camp. I am waiting for it to open so I can go back and learn. I want to be a music teacher in the future and I want to go back home to Syria after the war ends.”
Photo credit: Alessandro Pavone / Save the Children / Iraq
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Making a difference:
U.S. Fund for UNICEF has been on the ground since the conflict began, helping to mobilize the largest humanitarian operation in history and working closely with partners to provide education, physical protection, psychological support and clothing to Syrian refugee children in Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and other countries; immunize children against disease; and provide millions of people with access to safe drinking water. U.S. Fund for UNICEF is committed to being there before, during, and after this crisis.
In 2015, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and partners plan to ensure 2.3 million IDPs are provided access to appropriate toilet facilities, ensure 1.6 million children and adolescents can access self-learning and non-formal education through Community Learning Centres; bring 385,000 children access to psychosocial support services in communities, schools and mobile outreaches.
U.S. Fund for UNICEF works with governmental partners, NGO partners, and other key bodies to evaluate both the impact, functionality, process, and sustainability of all interventions.
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Making a difference:
World Vision has been responding to the needs of children and families affected by the Syria crisis since 2011. World Vision is currently working to serve those displaced within Syria and Iraq, as well as those who have sought refuge in neighboring Lebanon and Jordan. World Vision is assisting affected families with interventions like clean water, cash assistance for food, hygiene kits, basic household goods, clothing, Child-Friendly Spaces, and education. The organization has plans to work in the region long-term, meeting emergency needs and supporting refugees until they can return home.
Since the beginning of the Syria conflict, World Vision has reached over 1.8 million people with critical support and services. In Syria, World Vision’s work has helped at least 250,000 people, with water and sanitation, healthcare, basic relief supplies, and food. Healthcare workers in its clinics have conducted more than 100,000 consultations. Clean water is supplied to 70,000 people through a new pumping station, while more than 200,000 have benefited from improved sanitation. The organization has distributed thousands of kits containing hygiene products, baby supplies, and kitchen sets. In Lebanon, World Vision’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis started in 2011. The response has served about 300,000 people through programs in child protection, education, basic supplies, water and sanitation, and food assistance. An innovative e-card system, developed in partnership with the World Food Program enables refugee families to access food supplies with dignity. World Vision responds to the needs of both refugees and host communities, particularly in water and sanitation services, with a special focus on informal settlements. In Jordan, World Vision has responded to the refugee crisis since March 2013, reaching more than 180,000 Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians. In host communities, programming focuses on child protection, education, water and sanitation, and distributions of basic relief supplies. Child-Friendly Spaces help hundreds of children regain a sense of normalcy, while adolescent programming addresses specific needs of teens.
Syria and Lebanon
Story from the field:
A Syrian child’s life in a refugee camp:
Sedra’s story Sedra, 7, loves her pink plastic comb. She cherishes the cracked and dirty hair accessory; it reminds her of school days in Syria. A reminder of a past life: Little girls wore colorful barrettes and ribbons in their hair to school, she says. They wore combs, too, like the one Sedra scooped up from a pile of dirt at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, where she and her family now live. Sedra counts the row of tines — one, two, and three — in a game of math. She loves numbers, patterns, and most of all, her teachers and classmates. Sedra was among the top students in kindergarten, and math was her favorite subject, says her mother, Hanah. Sedra attends one of the three schools at the camp now, but her father says it is not enough to keep her motivated or educated. “I miss my friends,” Sedra says.
War uprooted Sedra’s family and forced them to flee their homeland more than a year ago. More than 1 million Syrian children like her have fled the country with their families, the United Nations says. Syria’s civil war has claimed at least 100,000 lives, including 7,000 children. Eight million people have been displaced within Syria, and thousands more are leaving Syria every day and heading to Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Jordan. Now, Sedra and her family face the daily hardships of life in a refugee camp. World Vision’s support for refugees: World Vision is increasing its presence in Za’atari, where Sedra’s younger sibling has benefited from a diaper distribution led by the organization. As winter settles on Za’atari, World Vision is working to rehabilitate older, unpaved parts of the camp to prevent flooding, and improve drainage and sanitation in case of heavy rainfall. World Vision has distributed more than 30,000 coats to children ages 2 to 12 in the camp.
Photo credit: Narges Ghafary / World Vision / Afghanistan
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Making a difference:
Zero Mass Labs has committed to develop, deploy, and monitor solar-powered personal water production systems that produce potable water for households. The Zero Mass Water (ZMW) Project will deploy water systems to Syrian refugees in Jordan and to Jordanian families, affecting 100,000 households by the end of 2017. ZMW will empower individual ownership of drinking water around the globe with the development of a water production appliance that can generate drinking water from humidity in the air, using self-contained solar power and air as the only inputs. This commitment is focused on freeing individuals from dependence on water-fetching, non-potable surface sources, or municipal water supplies by the refinement and deployment of ZMW systems.
The Zero Mass Water project, in partnership with Duke Energy International and the Jordanian government, aims to fundamentally change how people around the world view access to water and water security, and to reduce the risks associated with a lack of potable water.
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