Responding to community needs has always been at the forefront of the Trust’s approach to development. The outbreak of the crisis in 2011 ushered a period of unrivalled challenges to communities across Syria, which saw the Trust take on new commitments in critical areas. Central to this, was the urgent need to care for those most affected by the turmoil; the soldiers that have been injured, the families that have been displaced and the communities caught up in the violence. Programmes have been purposely developed to alleviate suffering and restore some semblance of hope and relief to individuals and families.
Programmes have been developed to respond to the immediate and long term needs of people injured during the crisis. Injured soldiers are given first priority for dedicated homecare and the provision of high quality prosthetic rehabilitation. Small grants are also made available to help the families of incapacitated soldiers to transition towards new sources of income. The Trust is also involved in upgrading training and medical services for healthcare professionals involved in treating the injured, as well as, introducing rehabilitation specific qualifications, previously unavailable in Syrian universities.
The Trust has created a team of qualified lawyers to facilitate dignified arrangements for displaced individuals and families across eight governorates. People who have fled their homes or were caught up for long periods in besieged areas, can access free legal assistance with the onus on prevention and early resolution; interventions in courts and other administrative bodies are also extended when necessary. .
The Trust prides itself on being able to access politically volatile, hard to reach areas, and provide urgently needed humanitarian aid supplies to people with no other source. We restore access to schools and channel educational materials to children unable to reach classrooms. Through its partnerships with international aid agencies, the Trust also provides shelter rehabilitation, as well as access to water and sanitation.
Our programmes focus on building up local capacity to stabilise and improve the mental health and emotional state of individuals and families affected by the crisis. Group and individual therapy sessions help families of missing persons, victims of sexual violence and others, alleviate the effects of the trauma they have had to endure. Together with local partners, we also create specially designed safe spaces that provide regular and structured catch-up education, as well as, psychosocial, and recreational activities for children.