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Since the beginning of the crisis in 2011, AMU has sustained the Syrian families on an ongoing basis, meeting the needs of the many emergencies born in the various cities. Immediately, the actions provided help with income support and support for health, heating and rent costs. These projects were subdivided according to the cities and managed by operators on the spot.

The “EFS” project – Syria Families Emergency – aims to improve the quality of life of displaced and non-displaced families living in Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Kafarbo, Banias and Tartous, through the protection of the right to food, health and housing.

Activities and beneficiaries:

Monthly disbursement of 130 family subsidies to supplement income, in order to sustain a decent standard of living;

Contribution for the medical expenses of 50 sick people;

Monthly support for rent / reconstruction costs for 20 families, so as to give the chance to live in healthy and safe places;

Periodic monitoring visits and support for the approximately 200 families assisted.


Maybe the toughest armed clashes have ended, but not the Syria Emergency. Today the city of Homs lacks human resources and sources of income due to many factors. The destruction of infrastructure, the migration of capital to foreign countries and the economic embargo on Syria have inevitably impoverished the city.

The displacement of many people from bombed neighbourhoods towards other considered “safer areas”, and the decrease in the number of teachers (migrated abroad) has led to the overcrowding of schools and therefore to the lack of adequate educational accompaniment for each student.

On the other hand, school expenses in private schools become difficult to face, especially due to the devaluation of the Syrian currency, the high cost of living and the low income of families.

The annual school fees for each child are equivalent to the monthly salary of a middle-aged employee.

The cost of one hour of private lessons has risen to an average of 1,000 Syrian Lira (2.00 USD), a very high price considering that the monthly basic salary in Homs is about 25,000 Syrian Liras (50.00 USD).

The project aims to offer greater care and attention to displaced children through an educational and academic support.

Activities and beneficiaries:

School support course, from the first to the sixth grade, for 100 children between 7 and 12 years of age, for 5 days a week, from Sunday to Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Recreational activities in conjunction with the courses

Peace education activities taking into account the specific religious affiliations of each child.

Additional academic support for two languages, French and English.

  The project activities guarantee a job and a monthly income to 12 people amongst operators and teachers.


The municipality of Bururi is made of 28 hills. Rukanda is situated on one of these hills, in a particularly difficult area to reach, where there is only one recently paved road, inaccessible during the rainy season. The approximately 8,000 people who live on the hill are practically isolated. Physical isolation has repercussions on the most important aspects of community life. The nearest medical centre, for example, is 5 km away and can only be reached on foot.
Agricultural production is scarce and not very diversified, food security is precarious and there is a very high rate of malnutrition among children.
Education of children and young people is highly precarious due to long distances (most children have to walk for more than 2 hours to get to school every day), the poor conditions of school buildings and lack of adequate nutrition.
Access to drinking water could help break this spiral. Currently, the families of Rukanda are forced to walk 2 km to reach the first source of drinking water, with direct consequences on hygiene and health.

Objectives of the project

1) Promote access to drinking water and improve the sanitary conditions of the entire population of Rukanda
2) Strengthen the capacity of the population of Rukanda to manage and maintain the drinking water infrastructure
3) Improve the economic conditions of Rukanda families through micro-credit

Activities to be carried out

The project involves the implementation of the following activities:
1. Channelling 2 water sources located at a high altitude and construction of a drinking water supply system (aqueduct) 23.3 km long. This system will bring drinking water directly to Rukanda where the population will be able to collect water from 32 distribution points;
2. Training activities on basic hygiene and prevention of major diseases;
3. Construction, and training for their use, of 20 ecological toilets, protecting groundwater and allowing the use of organic waste as fertilizer for agriculture;
4. Training activities on the management of common goods aimed at the project’s direct beneficiaries, members of the municipal water management committee and community leaders;
5. Organization of 32 water management committees composed of direct beneficiaries for the maintenance of constructed infrastructures;
6. Training activities on microcredit and creation and monitoring of at least 30 community microcredit groups for the improvement of the economic conditions of families so that they can have the resources to contribute to the functioning of the infrastructures, ensuring their maintenance.


Even though some services are resuming, water and electricity are partly available for example, as well as food and petrol, but the economic and social situation in Aleppo is catastrophic. The problem of children and teenagers, especially the displaced ones, remains dramatic.  They are forced to abandon their homes to reach areas or neighbourhoods considered more secure, but that now are too overcrowded.

AMU has decided to support the “Learn and produce” learning project of the Syrian Handicraft Centre Association. The course, designed for teenagers, aims at the rehabilitation and development of traditional crafts.

In particular, the course wants to transmit the techniques of the various traditional crafts such as: AJAMI art, the creation of decorative stalactites, the production of Aleppo soap (made with laurel), crafts made with copper and embroidery.

This project, in addition to give an opportunity of redemption to children who live in conditions of great suffering, it allows the training of new human resources, with artisan skills, able to collaborate in the reconstruction of the old part of the city of Aleppo.

Activities and beneficiaries

– Training course for 20 teenagers between 12 and 16 years of age to acquire professional skills in the production and sale of handicrafts

The institute’s activities guarantee a job and a monthly income to 4 professional trainers, 4 assistants, and 3 officials, for the development of the project and of the course.


The district of Hama is located in the middle of the northern part of the country. Its economy is mainly based on agriculture and livestock activities. Various Muslim communities, Sunnis, Shiites, Alawites and Isma’ilis, but also many Christians of various churches, especially Greek Orthodox of the Church of Antioch inhabit these fertile plains.

This district has not been subject to major battles or destruction. But this made the safe city of Hama, which had 700,000 inhabitants, the hosting centre to so many refugees. Due to this exodus its population reached up to 1 million and a half, creating a major crisis in housing, services and employment sectors.

In general, the population impoverishes because it has become more difficult to work in agriculture due to the lack of security in the countryside and the rationing of electricity, which is essential for field irrigation.

The decrease in household income has led to cuts in medical expenses, especially for diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and dialysis.

Activities and beneficiaries:

Access to medical treatment for cancer patients (chemotherapy and complementary medicines) – 35 patients every month

Economic support for patients suffering from kidney failure – 5 patients every month

Psychological support for the sick assisted through weekly visits, at the hospital or at home.