UNICEF-supported teams travel to remote locations in Aleppo to serve children

With support from the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), Sweden and Germany

UNICEF
28 September 2021

Rayan village of Al-Safireh district in east rural Aleppo, located more than 30 kilometres east of Aleppo city, is one of several remote locations where UNICEF-supported mobile teams travel to provide children with various services, helping them reach their full potential. This summer in Rayan village, children have rushed three days a week to the local school building to participate in a number of UNICEF-supported educational and recreational activities.

UNICEF volunteer guiding a girl writing on whiteboard
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A child works on an exercise during a remedial class provided by UNICEF-supported mobile team volunteers in Rayan village, east rural Aleppo. To keep the children engaged, the team delivered the remedial classes by combining both theoretical learning and fun educational games.
little girl holding a drawing of colored alphabets
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“I learned here a part of the alphabet before even going to school,” says Rahaf, 6, who starts school with the beginning of the 2021-2022 academic year. This summer, she has attended UNICEF-supported early childhood education classes at the local school in Rayan village, east rural Aleppo, northwest Syria.
UNICEF volunteer in a classroom
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Children from Rayan village, east rural Aleppo, attend a UNICEF-supported awareness session about COVID-19 prevention measures. The session provided the children with information about the virus, its prevention and mitigation measures, and addressed common misinformation about the global pandemic; thus, empowering the children with positive behaviors required to fight COVID-19.
UNICEF volunteer showing a boy posters during a session
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A UNICEF-supported mobile team volunteer explains to a child the dangers of mines and war remnants during an awareness session held at a local school in Rayan village, east rural Aleppo.
Two UNICEF volunteers in action session with children in a classroom
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“There are a lot of heartwarming moments when working with children. That is what motivates me,” says Meriana, 22, a UNICEF-supported mobile team volunteer. “I know we are making a difference for these children. When a session comes to an end, most of them don’t want us to leave,” she adds. Meriana and the mobile team have provided children in Rayan village, east rural Aleppo, this summer, with COVID-19 awareness. Through interactive activities, the team demonstrated handwashing best practices and promoted personal hygiene, educating children on how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus
UNICEF volunteer
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“We were raised to help those in need, and now many people are in need,” says Nour, 24, a UNICEF-supported mobile team volunteer, during a session in Rayan village, east rural Aleppo. Since 2017, while still a student at the university, Nour has volunteered to work with children through a local NGO. He makes time and finds the energy to travel long distances to help the children in all ways possible.
children playing pull rope game with UNICEF volunteer
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A UNICEF-supported mobile team volunteer organizes a sports session for children at a local school in Rayan village, east rural Aleppo. To keep children active during the day and complement their learning, the mobile team has created outdoor games and activities for them.

With support from the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), Sweden and Germany, a mobile team, comprised of 42 members, has reached children in the village with explosive ordnance risk education and awareness-raising on child rights and COVID-19 precautionary measures as well as sessions on personal and respiratory hygiene best practices. Pre-school-aged children also benefitted from early childhood education activities.