Help for Refugees

by Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.
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Help for Refugees
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The Syrian conflict, now well into its sixth year, has given rise to a protracted humanitarian crisis often described as one of the worst since the end of the Cold War.

Since 2013, our member organization CARE International has been working inside Syria to meet the pressing needs of the most vulnerable conflict-affected populations in Northern Syria, with a focus on non-food items, food assisteance and healthcare support. Furthermore, it is expected that displaced people, especially those living in informal settlements (e.g. tents, unfinished houses, barns, basements etc.) will be particularly affected by the upcoming harsh Syrian winter. Due to that condition CARE distributed commodity vouchers. Commodity vouchers will allow beneficiaries to choose appropriate winter items, like clothes, bed sheets and mattresses. This will also contribute to stimulate the local market.

In addition to the winterization kits our member organization has distributed food baskets, hygiene kits, medicines and drugs, medical consumables and medical equipment. Most of the staff consists of Syrians who lived and worked in Syria prior to the conflict. They are familiar with the proposed project areas and have their own networks enabling ongoing and consistent access despite the complex operational environment. They have been working in the various regions and understand the dynamics of the conflict.

Thank you very much for your support of the Syrian families and individuals affected by the conflict, in and around Syria.

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Our member organization World Vision implemented the project “Let us learn” in two refugee camps in Northiraq. During the last weeks World Vision established two child friendly spaces and new playgrounds. These playgrounds can be used for sport games, football and volleyball competition as well as rhythmic and aerobic exercises. Despite providing for the children their right to play, we believe that games are also a way of learning and developing for children. They learn and practice new skills such as group work, communication, collaboration, team spirit etc. In addition to the sports space, the project team has been working on establishing a garden area based on stakeholder consultations with the children. A consultant has been hired to help the community members and staff to design and build the garden in a manner, that it’s potential for integration into the learning and psychosocial activities targeting children can be maximized. The gardening activities will be an integrated part in this curriculum. They will supplement the education, children get in formal schools as well as serve as a therapeutic activity that is designed to provide psychosocial support to children through stress reduction.

Through a better infrastructure of learning spaces and facilities, World Vision assured a safe and protective learning environment for internally displaced children. These children are pictured here, using their new sports equipment.

We will keep you updated as this project progresses. Thank you for your support!

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Children in Bersive Camp
Children in Bersive Camp

As an alliance of 13 German relief organizations, Aktion Deutschland Hilft focuses on humanitarian aid as well as desaster risk reduction programmes. With our members of international families (such as CARE, World Vision, Handicap International) as well as huge German welfare organizations with an international branch for humanitarian aid and development aid, we have shown for 15 years by now, that we are able to reach people in need. Independend of the background of organizations (be it christian, jewish, islamic or secular) all our organizations adhere to the Sphere Project Standards of humanitarian aid as well as to standards of transparency and good governance.

Eleven of our members are working with the people in need which are staying inside of Syria or with Syrian refugees in the neighboring countries. According to the focus of every organization, our coalition is offering for example medical supply, hospital facilities, trauma and resilience programmes, shelter, non-food items, hygiene products, cash, education programmes according to the different necessities in the given circumstances to the people in need.

We are very grateful that you support the work of our coalition!

The project of our biggest member organization, World Vision Germany, is called “let us learn”. It aims to educate and protect internally displaced children at Bersive I and II camp in Zakho district, Dohuk Governorate, Northiraq.

With regards to the long term objective of the project, it aims at support refugee children and youth which are not able to go to school. They shall get the opportunity to access educational opportunities. At the same time, their resilience shall be strengthened, but also the local capacities for child protection at Bersive I and II camps shall be strengthend in Zakho district, Duhok governorate, Northiraq.

The activites for achieving the long term objective derive from two major sub-results:

As a first result children affected by displacement are supposed to have equitable access to quality basic education and psychosocial support in a protective learning environment.

In order to achive the first result, safe and protective learning envrironment are established and functional through increased infrastructure in learning spaces and facilities. Furthermore the capacity of the project team, Child Friendly Spaces personnel, Community Education Councils and other community members is enhanced to enable quality education. Additionally, children and youth affected by displacement benefit from non-formal education and recreational activities. Finally, child protection activities for children and youth are in place.

The second expected result is as strengthening of the caregivers' and community involvement and capacity to promote education and child protection. Therefore, parents, communities, and other stakeholders are involved in the education of their children. Furthermore, child protection mechanism and referral systems are identified and strengthened. Finally, quality service delivery are promoted.

Please understand that this project report is only an example to show you how we work and how your grant is being used to help Syrian refugees at all ages. We are more than grateful about your contribution, it enabled us to increase our support to refugees. As the war in Syria is still going on, humanitarian aid is the only possibilty to support the people suffering in Syria and the neighboring countries.

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Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is today’s the largest hosting country of the Syria and Iraqi crises with over 2 and a half million people displaced across the country with 62% of refugees assessed in Duhok being under 18 years old. 16 refugee camps are currently operational in Duhok Governorate in KRI where the greatest displacement has occurred with the majority of the displaced being the persecuted Yazidi community.

Education and protection needs of displaced children have been among the most under-addressed. As of December 2014, only 3% of children were receiving any form of education.

Let us learn: Emergency Education and Protection for Children project has intervened in 2 of the 16 refugee camps, in Bersive 1 and 2. In each Berseve camp there are around 11,800 individuals (approx. 2000 households) living in tents. The project aims at providing a comprehensive education and protection intervention for refugee children in the camps (Bersive I and II) and non-camp through partners in Zakho district of Duhok region. In addition, education personnel and parents and community members are targeted.

Status Quo of the project:

  • Output 1: Safe and protective learning environment established and functional (camp and non-camp) through increased infrastructure in learning spaces and facilities

The 2 Child Friendly Spaces have been established. Some additional furniture such as carpets for all classrooms and vacuum cleaners have been purchased to make the classroom as friendly and warm as possible for children. Carpets are a very contextual practice and in some classes children like to sit in circles on the carpet instead of chairs. In addition, as per children’s request, we have started the construction of the play/sports area. It contains one concrete layer and a rubber layer on top to protect children from injuries while playing. Two different lining and two different baskets/nets will enable the sports are for football and volleyball sports competition as well as games and rhythmic and aerobic exercises. Despite providing for the children their right to play, we believe that games are also a way of learning and developing for children. They learn and practice new skills such as group work, communication, collaboration, team spirit etc.

  • Output 2: Children and youth affected by displacement benefit from non-formal education (NFE) and recreational activities through their participation in the CFS

Non Formal Education (NFE) and Recreational activities have taken place with an average participation of 600 children per month. Subjects of English, Kurdish, Mathematics, and Science have been running in continuity of the previous programme.

Several parallel meetings with School Principals and Camp management took place to ease the registration procedures for children who did not have registration documents. 3 Lobby and advocacy meetings with Governorate Office, Directory of Education, Camp Managers and school principals were conducted reconcerning the registration of students in formal schools. The campaign was very successful. Out of 233 children out of formal school, 160 cases were successfully registered in Bersive 1 camp and 147 in Bersive 2 camp. Only 26 most difficult cases are still in process because of total lack of birth registration documentation. These cases have been referred to Harikar Center lawyer and are being followed up from CoWs and CP officer.

Recreational activities are amongst the most preferred from students, as they get to learn new artistic skills, practice their hobbies and talents. Around 700 children have participated in recreation activities in monthly bases. Painting in A4 and flipchart peppers, recycling materials to produce different artistic and decorative objects, theatre and role plays as well as music and musicality exercises have taken place every week. Recreational activities have helped children not only develop artistic skills but ease the distress and hardship they have gone through.

The project interventions have been flexible, adapting to the continuous changing circumstances and needs of refugees and this is one of the added values of the project and donor approach. Having now formal schools who can provide teaching of most of the curricula subjects (even though 3 times per week) leads “let us Learn” project to revise the NFE curricula in order to not duplicate but compliment the School curricula. More than 3 consultations meeting have taken place and will continue to revise and reshape the programme activities within CFLS so that all we do is complimentary to the school programme, children’s needs and school shifts.

The girls and boys classes have started the Life Skills and Resilience curricula and their number in Bersive 1 has increased from 25 to 29.

Two consultation sessions were conducted with them on the programme and they highlighted the desire to have English classes. We revised the programme and will combine weekly classes of Life Skills and Resilience and English classes for them.

The Adult Literacy component has been running and the first target group of 58 students finished their 3 month cycle, receiving graduation certificates.

Given the facts, we will keep one class open for the interested in Literacy and keep employed one teacher with the necessary skills on this. English and Arabic classes will have the highest number of students and for this reason 3 teachers should have the right profile to meet the respective learner level and needs.

Sports and outdoor games will be part of the programme schedule of the project implementation as per children’s request. Construction of 2 outdoor sports play areas are started for each Bersive camp (160m2 space each). Through sport, games and competition we will aim to bring together boys and girls in joint activities to nurture gender equality concepts and behaviour.

During this period the project team took time to develop and purchase all Mobile Reading Room (MRR) intervention framework and materials. Motorcycle, books, books holders, consultant to develop and deliver the necessary training for the facilitators and activities have been provided during this period. Challenges were faced in finding enough book titles and copies for children in Duhok or Erbil, as the reading culture for children is not much developed.

Result: Children affected by displacement have equitable access to quality basic education and psychosocial support in a protective learning environment.


Long-term objectives of the project:

The project aims at supporting out of school refugee children and youth in accessing educational opportunities, at strengthening their resilience, and at strengthening local capacities for child protection at Bersive I and II refugee camps in Zakho district of Duhok governorate.


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Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.

Location: Bonn - Germany
Project Leader:
Theresa Aengenheyster
Bonn, NRW Germany
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