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  • Writer's pictureMoustafa Osman

Shelter and Settlement Programming: Syria,2021

Updated: May 24, 2021

Since the war began in 2010, Syrians have been exposed to ongoing difficulties, including poor infrastructure, and restricted access to food, water, healthcare and education, resulting in one of the world's largest displacement crises.

About 6.5 million people have been displaced, including over 1.5 million in the first half of 2020. Many more people live in homes that have been partly destroyed or severely damaged, with collapsed and unsafe walls, and frequently no doors or windows. Not only do families live at risk of their homes collapsing, but they are also exposed to the freezing winter temperatures and have no right to privacy, putting women and children in particular danger.

Following the success of the first Rehabilitation project (click here for further information), OC operated another rehabilitation project to improve the living conditions for disadvataged families in Nahlaya.

The rehabilitation process involved repairing and replacing broken doors and windows, rebuilding interior and external walls, and painting the main living quarters to prevent mould during the winter, improving the safety and dignity of the residents.

In this phase, 18 houses were restored, benefiting 122 people. Looking to the future, OC hopes to continue implementing rehabilitation projects on an ongoing basis.

This rehabilitation not only provided residents with the emergency relief they needed, such as a warm place to stay throughout the winter months, but they also helped them move closer to stabilization. With a safe and secure place to live, people are better equipped to return to their livelihoods and send children to school.

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