Resilience in spite of the tragedy, Homs

Noha, Solid waste removal, Homs-UNDP

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.


Living in a small room in Homs governorate with six family members after displacement from Jaboreen in Rural Homs, Noha found herself the sole breadwinner of her family especially after the psychological disorder that affected her second son after the painful death of his brother and his father that prevented him from work.


Homs was one of the most affected governorates in Syria where it experienced fierce hostilities since the beginning of the crisis, resulting in massive damages to buildings and infrastructure, and weakening basic and social services. Approximately 699,000 people from host Families, returnees, IDPs and local community are in need for humanitarian assistance. The overstretched municipal facilities were unable to fulfil the demand in neighborhoods for basic services, such as municipal waste removal, which resulted in tons of solid waste piles accumulating on the streets causing pollution to the environment and spreading diseases.


As a response to this situation UNDP implemented a solid waste removal project in Homs to create job opportunities for IDPs and host community members. Noha joined this project from its onset, working eight hours per day and receiving wage that has significantly improved her living situation and helped her provide the basic needs of her family.


I have high blood pressure and rheumatism ” said Noha, adding “I used to take only one pill every few days because I was unable to buy the necessary medicine but thanks to this project I can afford medicine and I’m able to take few lab tests to monitor my health condition”.




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