OCHA's Syria Humanitarian Fund supports 28 projects, providing services to hard-to-reach and besieged areas
Since the beginning of this year, the Syria Humanitarian Fund has funded 28 projects. With more than half of the projects granted to national and international NGOs, 70% of these projects have been providing services in hard-to-reach and besieged areas. In Homs Governorate, six projects in the field of health, food, shelter and NFIs are being implemented by national NGOs.
The Al-Afia Fund is a national NGO that provides health services to vulnerable families in Homs Governorate as public health infrastructures throughout Homs City were completely damaged. In the past month, nearly 200 people in the city received free medical care through the project. Nearly 1 in 10 of the beneficiaries is medically evacuated from besieged and hard-to-reach locations to receive the healthcare and treatment needed, 64% are internally displaced and the remaining are from the host community.
Four-year-old Majd had to undergo an emergency operation after she fell off the stairs while playing with other children. She does not know her old home as her family was displaced five years ago.
Majd is now recovering well from the surgery and her family is grateful that all expenses were covered by the Syrian Al Bir and Social Services NGO project, which is funded by the Syria Humanitarian Fund. She is amongst the 90 people who have received free treatment and medical services through this project over the past month.
Targeting 1,915 patients in need of hospitalization and medical care, this project aims to treat the poor and the most vulnerable in Homs, including the most vulnerable IDPs and women. It also aims to provide primary health care to people in hard-to-reach and besieged areas.
Al Bir Association, a national NGO, is also providing health services to beneficiaries in locations that are not covered by public health centres or hospitals. Of the targeted beneficiaries, half are located in hard-to-reach and besieged areas, with a main focus on the neighbourhood of Al-Waer.
Abdul-Qader, 21 months, from Homs suffers from severe malnutrition coupled with frequent serious infections leading to further complications and stunting. His family is among the poorest and most vulnerable communities in Homs who have been receiving support for Abdul Qader’s medical treatment.
Al Insha’at Association, a national NGO, has been working on rehabilitating 200 houses to support returnees in the Old City and Al Qusour neighbourhoods of Homs City, where hundreds of thousand families are waiting to return to their homes.
Rashid, 12, is playing with his youngest sister Isra’a. Rashid and Isra’a have two other brothers who are doing well in school. They moved back to their home a month ago after several displacements in Homs and Damascus, living in rented apartments and collective shelters.
Their mother is relieved the family is home again, even though there are only four other households in the once busy neighbourhood of the old city. “There is no place like home,” she said, smiling.
Funded by the Syria Humanitarian Fund, the project has, since April, managed to rehabilitate 75 apartments and houses where 75 families are sheltered.
Mira is only 7 years old. She does not paint like her older sister Hanin but she loves to dance. She is taking Zumba lessons and is so happy she gets to play around before her school start next autumn. Full of life, she says she is looking forward to making new friends in her new schoolnext door.
Even on a hot summer day during Ramadan, work cannot stop. Workshops work around the clock to perform the basic repairs to gravely damaged houses so families can go to back to their homes in the vastly destroyed neighbourhoods of Homs.
Photos: OCHA/Ghalia Seifo