Along the way to the makeshift camp, Um Foaad has a lot to tell about her displacement from Dara’a governorate to Swaida five years ago. As soon as we arrived in her tent, she started distributing the winter clothes, provided by SARC, to her grandchildren without forgetting to dedicate some for orphans. She believes that providing assistance is a humanitarian duty and kind of sharing-joy during hard times. Um Foa’ad and many other families currently live in a camp in Salkhad town, where the SARC volunteers visit them and provide relief materials supported by ICRC and UNHCR.
Similar to all Damascus Countryside, the situation in Sehnaya -Rural Damascus- is bad as displaced and affected families live under hard conditions. However, SARC volunteers seek always to help those families with critical support, as they distributed food parcels for more than 40 thousand people during 2017, provided by ICRC and WFP.
SARC health mobile clinic’s team made their way to Rassas village in Swaida accompanied with a team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in order to provide health services to the sick people there. Since the beginning of 2018, the team visited 8 districts in Swaida governorate and provided free checkup and medications for 501 persons. SARC mobile clinics’ services is an example the various health services provided by SARC that aim to reach sick people in remote areas.
200 Kg of barley seeds and 150 kg of fertilizers (superphosphate) are a portion for each beneficiary of the barley seeds and fertilizer project, which was launched by the livelihoods support team at SARC-Swaida Branch. The project is supported by ICRC and in cooperation with Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform. It targeted 1500 families in 22 villages and towns in Swaida governorate and aimed to support affected familiesو help them to generate an adequate income and turn to self-sufficiency. Livelihoods support team finished both, the assessment and the introduction of the project phases through field visits and direct meetings with beneficiaries during the last month.
a small house garden becomes a source of livelihood for many families in winter as SARC team supported them with vegetable seeds (spinach, parsley, cabbage, beans, peas) for agriculture. In addition, they distributed fertilizers and some agricultural tools to support the beneficiaries, improve their living conditions and enhance the agricultural sector in 65 areas in Rural Damascus including hard to reach areas like Jairoud and Rouhaiba in Qalamon. This project will help 27,000 people from the most vulnerable groups to have their own projects in agricultural products, and it’s supported by ICRC and IFRC.