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

Ramez during the interview, Homs UNDP

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


His family was among hundreds of other similar families who suffered from the fierce hostilities that occurred in Homs governorate during the crisis which resulted in massive damage to buildings and infrastructure, and significant reduction in the delivery of basic and social services. Tons of solid waste piles accumulated in the streets causing environmental pollution and spreading epidemics and diseases. This have only worsened the health situation of the displaced families who had minimum access to basic services.


As a response to their needs, UNDP implemented a solid waste removal initiative to provide job opportunities for IDPs and their host community members, including women and people with disabilities.


Ramez joined the project from its onset, working eight hours a day with his colleagues in cleaning streets and neighborhoods from piles of garbage.


I have six brothers and three sisters”, he said with a smile on his face. “My father is an old man, I love him so much. I am happy to work and support my family.”


Through working in this project Ramez became more social and beloved from people living in his community. “He’s funny and very sensitive” said his proud father.


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