Aleppo: Abd Al-Hadi learns to walk again
Aleppo: Abd Al-Hadi learns to walk again

Abd Al-Hadi, or ‘the hero’ as he likes to be called, is a 14 year old elementary school student from Aleppo, in northern Syria. Since conflict broke out in Syria in 2011, Abd Al-Hadi and his family have been forced to flee their home several times, seeking safer places to live within Aleppo Governorate. Devastatingly,...

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Responding to the crisis in Syria

Now entering its sixth year, the conflict in Syria has drastically rolled back the country’s human development achievements. By the end of 2014, Syria ranked 173rd out of 183 countries on the Human Development Index, down from 113 out of 189 in 2010 before the conflict.   More than 250,000 people have been killed,...

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Tartous: Growing mushrooms to enhance livelihoods

Since the start of the Syria crisis, Tartous has been one the most stable governorate and is thus a natural refuge for IDPs escaping nearby conflict areas. It is a home to approximately 452,000 IDPs who came mostly from Homs, Hama, Idleb, Aleppo, Ar-Raqqa, and Deir-Ez-Zor and reside in rented apartments and...

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Eid gather us

Syria is historically known for its diverse society and unique cohesion in its social fabric and high level of tolerance among its inhabitants of different religious affiliations and diverse ethnic backgrounds. However, the crisis has left its marks on the social harmony, causing an enormous challenge to find a position...

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Emergency employment for the displaced

Located on the Mediterranean coast, the governorate of Tartous is currently hosting 500,000 displaced persons from various neighboring governorates since the start of the crisis in Syria. While communities in Tartous have been welcoming, a significant burden on basic services has emerged leaving local hosts not...

Addressing HIV/AIDS in the midst of a crisis

At 450, the number of people living with HIV in Syria is small. But the stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDS is enormous. In an age of advanced medicine, including antiretroviral therapy, people living with HIV face greater difficulty coping with stigma and discrimination than they do maintaining their health, according to...

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Saving the Orontes River: A community effort to restore a city lifeline

With less rainfall, a dramatic rise in population due to the arrival of at least 60,589 displaced people from other governorates has stressed the Orontes River which runs across the city of Hama (North of Syria). Garbage alone has increased to over 750,000 tons most ends up in the river. The areas around...

The youth of Deir Ezzor make a change: Volunteers work together for a cleaner city

After three years of escalating conflict, Syria is witnessing a deepening economic crisis, loss of livelihoods, and deteriorating coping mechanisms. In addition to increasing poverty and economic disparity, there is a large proportion of youth who is unemployed. Many small businesses and large factories have closed and...

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Reviving tomato farming: livelihoods restored with the help of UNDP

(Tartous- Syria) -Syria is considered to be one of top producers of Tomatoes in the world. Sitting at the 19th place right after Tunisia and before Portugal, Syria was producing up to 1,163,300 tons in 2008 per year and up keeping livelihoods of thousands of farmers across the country. The Tomato which is...

Reaching TB Patients: UNDP fights Tuberculosis through the Global Fund

Tuberculosis is a disease that is characterized with public ignorance and high social stigma of TB-patients leading to possible infected people to turn away support and care. According to the World Health Organization, the TB incidence rate in Syria is 18 per 100.000 populations. In 2013 3600 people have been...

Restoring Roman Wells to bring relief: How an ancient artifact is revived for livelihoods

In Syria's rural areas, long-abandoned Roman wells have become more than a relic of a bygone civilization. For communities struggling to cope with the disastrous ongoing conflict, these ancient wells, dug more than 2,000 years ago, have now become a means of survival. Fighting is now entering its third year in Syria,...

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The resilient women of Syria: Plumbing project in Tartous Governorate

The region of Tartous has been relatively peaceful during the Syrian civil war. However, while a significant portion of the Governorate is not directly affected by major armed conflict, it has continued to register a huge inflow of families fleeing other parts of the country, mostly from Homs, Hama, Idleb, Aleppo,...

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A community effort to save the environment from the pollution caused by the accumulation of solid waste

As the crisis persists in its fourth year, causing further deterioration of socio-economic situation, Syria is now the world's leader in forced displacement, with 9 million people having fled their homes, 6.5 million of whom are displaced within the country. The Syrian governorates have overflowed with IDPs, which have...