The Syrian crisis erupted on 15 March 2011 and was followed by years of war that have devasted the country with serious psychological, economic and social repercussions.
A lack of fuel and electricity which is rationed for a few hours during a day, is affecting transport, making many jobs impracticable and preventing houses from being heated in winter.
Public services, especially health and education, are collapsing and insufficient for a population that cannot afford private alternatives.
With no prospect of reconstruction or economic recovery, coupled with the consequences of the pandemic, the economic crisis in neighbouring Lebanon and international economic sanctions, families have seen their financial situation gradually get worse. Today, an estimated 90 per cent of the population is living below the poverty line and many Syrians are unable to meet even their basic needs.
The SYRIA EMERGENCY “Seeds of Hope” programme will stand by Syrian families providing financial assistance and help with interventions to meet their basic needs (food, support with rental payments, medical care and school fees), protecting health (by providing health care for patients suffering from cancer and other chronic diseases and/or in need of urgent surgery). It will also look to the future by continuing to support the after-school centre in Homs, Damascus and the “EHIS” school for the deaf.
The project is also financed by:
PRO.SA. Foundation who are contributing €17,314.29 (with part of the funding going to the project Seeds of Hope 2021 project)
AFN – Action for New Families contributing €45,000.00
– socio-economic assistance to families for basic necessities, housing, medical care and education, targetted at a total of 539 families;
– support to 180 primary and middle school children in the After-School School in Homs and 120 middle and high school children in Damascus – Priority will be given to pupils living in poverty, who have no access to support in the family with studies (parents are absent or illiterate, fathers have been abducted, orphans, etc.), or pupils whose housing conditions are unsuitable for study (e.g. large families living in a single space, etc.), or those suffering psychological trauma and learning difficulties.
– support for 130 children at the EHIS school for the deaf in Aleppo;
– health care for patients suffering from cancer and other chronic illnesses (such as those needing dialysis) and/or in need of urgent examinations and surgery, targeting 130 people each month;
-a functional physiotherapy service for patients mutilated by the war or with disabilities directly and indirectly linked to the conflict, for 400 patients.
– training of local staff and reinforcement of technical capacities. Psycho-social support is also being planned for those running the various projects.