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  • Hanan Al-Ghareeb: A Housewife effort to educate her children

    Hama was amongst the few governorates that were affected early by the crisis. Given its proximity to highly contested areas in the north and central regions, Hama received at least 60,589 IDPs seeking refuge from the conflict.

  • Homs: When there is a will, there is a way

    “I sweep the floor to help my family” said Ramez, a 24 year old young man who suffers from Down syndrome. He left his house in Bab Al-Sbaa’ neighborhood in Homs and moved to a shelter in Abdul-Muhaimen Abbas School.

  • Mohammad, from depression to a new life ambition

    Homs Governorate has experienced fierce hostilities since the beginning of the crisis, which resulted in massive damage to buildings and infrastructure, and significant reduction in the delivery of basic and social services. Approximately 699,000 people from host families, returnees, IDPs and local communities are in need for humanitarian assistance. Many of the local residents have suffered from significant losses in their livelihoods due to destruction and vandalism of factories and stores especially in the commercial center of Homs. This has further exacerbated unemployment rate.

  • Najwa, a mother effort to support her children

    Hama was amongst the few governorates that were affected early by the crisis. Given its proximity to highly contested areas in the north and central regions, Hama received at least 60,589 IDPs seeking refuge from the conflict. They are nonetheless adding significant pressure on limited available resources. This has led to an increase in unemployment and overstretching in the social services. UNDP in partnership with a local NGO initiated a project in Hama to provide job opportunities in the field of food preserving to a number of IDPs and host community members.

  • Resilience in spite of the tragedy, Homs

    “I can’t prevent myself from crying when I remember what we’ve been through. Life was not fair with me and our situation was very bad” Said Noha; a 52 years old mother who lost her husband and son during the crisis while wiping her tears.

  • Saving the Orantes River

    Named ‘Āsṣī (which means rebel in Arabic) because unlike other rivers in the region, it runs from south to north, the Orontes river flows through Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. The historical significance of this river is inordinate. The Orontes witnessed the Battle of Kadesh during the reign of Ramesses II (1279–1213 BC) and the Battle of Qarqar which was fought in 853 BC, when the army of Assyria, led by king Shalmaneser III, encountered an allied army of 12 kings led by Hadadezer of Damascus. Most importantly, the Orantes is home to 17 Norias (water wheels) which date back to the Byzantine era and renowned heritage sites.

  • Sewing for a better life
  • 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 shelters.

  • The Youth Of Deir Ezzor Collect Garbage
  • 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, Ar-Raqqa, and Deir Ezzor, with women and children accounting for the largest percentage.

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