UNICEF supports children in rural Damascus
Tens of thousands of children reached and benefitted from psychosocial support activities, mine-risk education, awareness raising sessions on child labour, early marriage and child rights.
UNICEF supports children in rural Damascus with protection activities and community initiatives Years of conflict have impacted children’s wellbeing in rural Damascus. Children have lived through siege, experienced displacement and suffered the loss of their family’s livelihoods. To support children in Al-Tal, north rural Damascus, UNICEF has reached thousands of children since 2017- many of them displaced from East Ghouta - with child protection and support services, helping them cope and reach their full potential. To help children make their voices heard, UNICEF and partners, has reached children through clubs in which children elected by their peers propose and implement community initiatives.
Many of the initiatives aim to address issues faced by the most vulnerable groups in the local community, like children themselves, women and the elderly by influencing and partnering with community actors. Taking the lead on community initiatives like improving local bus stops and creating pleasant playgrounds at local schools have left the children who took part in the activities feeling connected to their community. “Every day, I write down in my notebook one lesson that I have learned about life,” says Shaymaa, 14, who participated in the children clubs, in Al-Tal. “I love taking part in the activities we do at the children clubs because I learn a lot in each activity.”
“I love taking part in the activities we do at the children clubs because I learn a lot in each activity.”
“I was thrilled, when my initiative was selected for implementation,”
Thanks to generous contributions from the Office of the United States Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), the Syria Humanitarian Fund (SHF), Ireland and Canada, UNICEF has reached more than 10,000 children with psychosocial support activities and over 13,000 children and caregivers with mine-risk education. More than 16,000 children and caregivers have benefitted from awareness raising sessions on child labour, early marriage and child rights. And referrals to specialized services were made as well as cases of children managed, supporting children in need and their caregivers.