Since 2012, ARI has been responding to the Syrian conflict which has displaced over 11 million people and subsequently created the worst refugee crisis witnessed since World War 2. To date, we have reached out to over 70,000 vulnerable people; providing cash assistance, non-food items and psychosocial support through a community based approach.
Unemployment, tensions with the host community and acute trauma are amongst just some of the problems people face in their new found life in refuge. People have fled their homes to a new country, in unfamiliar surroundings and are often nervous about integrating into a new and unknown community.
ActionAid is establishing safe and friendly community centers in Jordan and Lebanon to respond to community needs during the Syrian refugee crisis. The centers are managed on a voluntary basis by women and young people from the local community. Syrian refugees will also take part in managing the centers, ensuring that local communities work together to collectively respond to their own issues and needs.
With ActionAid’s support, the community has designed their own activities in the centers. They have been provided with education in how to fairly asses what the community wants and have undertaken specific training, such as how to deliver psychosocial support, in areas they feel relevant to the community.
The centers provide a safe space in which people from different backgrounds and nationalities; can access services such as education and recreation, in a positive and inclusive environment.