During the first three years of the Syrian revolution, the focus was placed on all sectors that contribute to the preservation of the lives and support of the people during the crisis. The protection sector was neglected, especially about providing psychological support to children, women and survivors of the gender-based violence.
The protection sector was noticed at the beginning of the fourth year of the Syrian revolution because of the worsening humanitarian situation in which citizens live. Unfortunately, however, many cases of mild psychological disorders have turned into tricky situations requiring intervention by psychological health professionals. Most humanitarian organizations are therefore beginning to take positive steps in the protection sector, but these steps are slow and insufficient.
The Contribution of the ACU in Improving the Protection Sector in Syria
The ACU is trying to coordinate projects that have a clear and direct impact on the target groups, and the continuity of these projects is highly considered.
The ACU allocated $ 106,000 to support the protection sector and provide rehabilitation projects for human resources and centers providing psychological support for children and women in addition to the academic and vocational rehabilitation courses for within the scope of empowering Syrian women and supporting them in the absence of the husband’s role for many reasons.
The orphan protection is one of the most important projects on which the ACU operates within the protection sector, as it provided financial adequacies for orphans in hard access areas such as the besieged Yarmouk camp and furnished a shelter for orphans, their mothers and women affected by the conflict.
One of the most important activities of the ACU during the past years was to provide the Karama bag for Syrian women in the camps, especially the liberated areas.
- Child-friendly spaces in Al-Rastan and Al-Hula where these areas provide psychosocial support for children through well-thought out activities that help children overcome the imposed siege. The cost of the two projects was $ 24905 and the number of beneficiaries reached 157.
- Training courses for primary and preparatory schools in Eastern Al Ghouta to compensate for the shortage of human cadres as well as a sewing course for women, both projects cost $ 9800 and the number of beneficiaries reached 320 women.
- Rehabilitation and furnishing of an orphanage in Daraa for $ 35,000 to host 150 children with their mothers and 80 women affected by the conflict.
- Educational courses for children are offered in addition to psychological support, literacy and vocational training courses for women.