Youths takes initiative to protect themselves and their community against COVID-19

UNICEF-supported centre offers courses on life skills, vocational trainings and languages, Thanks to a generous contribution from Canada

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youths cleaning street
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23 September 2020

Recognizing the importance of their role in supporting their community, 70 boys and girls who frequent a UNICEF-supported centre for youth and adolescents in As-Sweida, southern Syria, launched a youth-led initiative to protect themselves and their community against COVID-19.

girls cleaning streer
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Siba, 19 and Line 15, volunteers from the UNICEF-supported youth center in As-Sweida, clean streets alongside their peers as part of a youth-led initiative aiming to raise awareness and protect the community against COVID-19. “I feel happy volunteering to help my community and make a positive impact,” says Line.
youth helping street cleaner in cleaning streets
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Chahine, 17, and Dima 17, volunteers from the UNICEF-supported youth center in As-Sweida, clean streets alongside their peers as part of a youth-led initiative aiming to raise awareness and protect the community against COVID-19. “We can’t give a good example and teach others good things if we don’t start with ourselves,” says Dima. “When people see us cleaning today and see the results, they will be motivated to do the same tomorrow.”

“Our young people were very enthusiastic to work side by side with the street cleaners, to raise awareness on the importance of keeping our streets clean, especially during the COVID 19 pandemic,”

Kinan Khaddaj, director of the UNICEF-supported youth centre
boy cleaning the street
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Ossama, 23, a volunteer from the UNICEF-supported youth center in As-Sweida, cleans streets alongside his peers as part of a youth-led initiative aiming to raise awareness and protect the community against COVID-19.

Young people put-up awareness-raising posters in key areas in the city of As-Sweida, conveying important information on precautionary measures against coronavirus. In cooperation with the city council, the group of youths also worked alongside street cleaners to sanitize and clean streets and parks and distributed protective gears to workers to protect them while on the job.

Two boys cleaning street
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Hakam, 19, a volunteer from the UNICEF-supported youth center in As-Sweida, cleans streets alongside his peers as part of a youth-led initiative aiming to raise awareness and protect the community against COVID-19. “Although it is a very hot day, we’ve been working hard since early morning as we want to encourage people to keep the streets and parks clean,” he says.
youths cleaning street
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Joman Morshed
Rana, 18, a volunteer from the UNICEF-supported youth center in As-Sweida, cleans streets alongside her peers as part of a youth-led initiative aiming to raise awareness and protect the community against COVID-19.
youths cleaning street
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Joman Morshed
Chahine, 17, and Dima 17, volunteers from the UNICEF-supported youth center in As-Sweida, clean streets alongside their peers as part of a youth-led initiative aiming to raise awareness and protect the community against COVID-19. “We can’t give a good example and teach others good things if we don’t start with ourselves,” says Dima. “When people see us cleaning today and see the results, they will be motivated to do the same tomorrow.”

Thanks to a generous contribution from Canada, the centre offers youth courses on life skills, vocational trainings and languages, while also supporting them to lead social initiatives to help their communities.

“The initiative aims to not only spread awareness about COVID-19, but also to encourage the community to keep neighborhoods clean,” says Kinan Khaddaj, the director of the UNICEF-supported youth centre.