Help Syrian Refugees to Help Themselves

by Near East Foundation (NEF) Vetted since 2008 Site Visit Verified


With over four million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries and continued cuts in humanitarian aid, NEF is helping refugee women and adolescent girls in Lebanon and Jordan achieve self-reliance through urban agriculture, skills training to improve economic opportunity, financial literacy, group savings, conflict management, and social networking.

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As the Syrian refugee crisis enters into its fifth year, millions of refugees continue to seek safety and dignified lives in Jordan and Lebanon. Most refugees have little to no source of sustainable income and many struggle to support themselves and their families. Their savings have been depleted, pushing them into increasingly impoverished neighborhoods and risky coping strategies, incurring debt and engaging in exploitative work.


NEF will help Syrian and Iraqi refugees and vulnerable members of their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon to build their economic resilience through skills trainings , financial literacy, conflict management, and social networking. With a focus on women and adolescent girls, NEF's aim over the next two years is to help at least 5,000 Syrian, Lebanese, and Jordanian families restore their livelihoods and achieve some degree of economic stability to meet their own needs with dignity.

Long-Term Impact

Our approach ensures long-term sustainability by building the ability to adopt positive coping strategies through the: (1) creation of economic opportunity to generate a sustainable income over the long-term; (2) development of networks to expand social resources and provide peer-to-peer support for women and adolescents; (3) development of financial literacy and transferable life skills and (4) creation of savings and saving habits to protect against shocks and stabilize cash flow.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Near East Foundation (NEF)

Location: Syracuse, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
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Project Leader:
Crowley Andrea
Syracuse, NY United States
$24,953 raised of $100,000 goal
127 donations
$75,047 to go
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