Rural Damascus

Distributing food items in Ramadan


It is well known that family get together around the breakfast table in holy Ramadan month to have their Iftar meal.  Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers took the opportunity this Ramadan to support many families to prepare healthy and rich food. Since the beginning of April, the volunteers have distributed 95248 food parcels and canned food for 476240 beneficiaries in Rural Damascus areas. these items are provided by ICRC, WFP, BRC, IFRC.


PSS sessions for kids in Gezlania area


Through two months, Mohammad (9 years) and his twin brother Ahmad have attended awareness and support sessions and enjoyed a great time with other kids. “I’m no longer ashamed to communicate with people Now I have a lot of friends.” Said Mohammad . Here in Al Gezlania community center, SARC psychosocial support team concluded the awareness and psychosocial support sessions and organized an open day yesterday with 250 kids, who have joined the kinetic games, and drew Ramadan lantern, in addition to singing and getting varied gifts.  


New livelihood projects in Rural Damascus


It might be small projects to some but means a lot to people who lost their livelihoods and have no work now. In that line, SARC livelihood team managed to secure 200 grants for affected families in Qatana areas in Rural Damascus, each grant contains (hens and a rooster, fodder, vitamins) provided by COOPI to help people earn their money independently as much as possible. It is worth mentioning that the grant is one of many other projects launched by SARC livelihood team since the beginning of this year to cover all Rural Damascus areas.


Access to drinking water in Eastern Ghouta is facilitated by SARC


Within the framework of SARC-Water and Reconstruction team, access to drinking water in Eastern Ghouta have been eased through installing fixed water tanks in #Harasta and Rasem Zainab in April 2018. Currently, the team is installing more water tanks in Arbin, Zamalka, Hazza, Douma, Saqba, Kafer Batna and Ein Tarma towns. It is worth mentioning that the tanks (capacity of 2- 5 cubic meter) are provided by International Committee of the Red Cross.  


New course for psychosocial support volunteers


Through some cubes that simulate the reality, the SAR- PSS volunteers create a unique way to organize their response in affected areas. This is called “community-based support”, which aims to study the strengths and weaknesses of communities, so the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has trained 47 volunteers about these topics in Sehnaya and Ashrafia during the last week. The trainers also went through other topics such as the crisis and psychological support, psychological stress, loss and grief, primary psychological aid and supportive communication, children, and support of workers and volunteers.


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