Syria

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Syria used to be a popular tourist destination, but since 2011, it has been dealing with an ongoing civil war, which has caused deaths of thousands of people. Millions of others have had to flee their homes, be it abroad or for other places in the country. Those who remained in Syria have difficulties finding medical assistance, livelihoods, and even basic food.

005292_05_112569Medical and Material Assistance

Caritas Czech Republic started operating in Syria in 2013. We help ease the impacts of the civil war in the country. We have repeatedly provided medical assistance, for example by operating a medical clinic in Idlib region, supplying medication, or supporting a clinic in Aleppo. We have provided clothing, sanitary items as well as school supplies for children, or food vouchers to the internally displaced. This way, we have helped more than 11,000 people in need.

Repairs of Homes and Water Sources

In the province of Idlib in northern Syria, we have provided decent housing to the locals. We have helped them repair houses destroyed by the war, and provided financial support to pay the rent. We have managed to repair houses for 155 families.

Due to the fighting, the water infrastructure of the country is often non-functional. We have helped equip a well in the city of Homs in western Syria, and repaired an old local water reservoir in the countryside near Damascus. Through this, more than 20,000 people have gained better access to clean drinking water.

005290_05_112519Restoration of Livelihood and Strengthening Civil Society

In Syria, we currently focus on employment of young people. We help them find a livelihood so that they can get on their own feet and provide not only for themselves and their families and, through new jobs, also for other members of the community. We also aim to strengthen Syrian civil society in Idlib and Azaz in the north of the country through local civil society organisations that support young people in the region to expand their skills and contacts.

Young Syrians are motivated to face the difficult situation, says lecturer Václav Šneberger
August 4, 2022 News

Young Syrians are motivated to face the difficult situation, says lecturer Václav Šneberger

The civil war in Syria has been going on for more than 11 years. As a result, young Syrians have spent a large part of their lives at war. Yet they have not lost hope for a better future. Local non-governmental organizations help them to become active members of society. Caritas Czech Republic supports the work of 30 local organizations that focus on youth thanks to the support of the European Commission. Our collaborator Václav Šneberger, who has been working as a lecturer and methodologist in the field of education and development, recently travelled to the Turkish-Syrian border.

Asma from Syria fulfills her childhood dream and opens her own café
June 20, 2022 News

Asma from Syria fulfills her childhood dream and opens her own café

Although Asma Bbakir lives in a country that has been torn by civil war for over 11 years, she has not given up on her childhood dreams. Thanks to an educational course from Caritas Czech Republic, the student of the College of Economics and Management has opened her own business - a small café that serves mainly as a quiet place for students or intellectuals to learn.

Stories of refugees who are getting back on their feet thanks to Caritas Czech Republic
June 8, 2022 News

Stories of refugees who are getting back on their feet thanks to Caritas Czech Republic

"Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamt of becoming a doctor. But my family could not afford the school," twenty-seven-year-old Sigiro, a refugee from Rwanda, tells us in a Zambian hospital. “Caritas Czech Republic helped me secure a scholarship and today I am a doctor," Sigiro continues happily. We support refugees like her to stand on their own two feet. Because often all it takes is a little support at the beginning for refugees to take their lives into their own hands Read the stories of the people we support.

6 ways Caritas Czech Republic helps people who had to flee their homes
June 7, 2022 News

6 ways Caritas Czech Republic helps people who had to flee their homes

The number of people who were forced to leave their homes has doubled in the last 10 years to 82.4 million refugees today. The most common reasons why people involuntarily leave their home country or region are protracted wars, political persecution and, more recently, problems related to climate change. Our assistance in 6 countries focuses not only on providing the basic necessities to live but also on sustainable solutions that give refugees a chance for a better future.