World Vision and our local partners are reaching an average of 400,000 displaced people per month in Northwest Syria with WASH assistance. We provide emergency water, rehabilitate water and sewage facilities, collect solid waste, and maintain water pumping stations.
In education, World Vision and local partners helped 94,704 children and teachers in Northwest Syria in FY21 through our remedial and catch-up program, psychosocial support, back-to-learning campaign, and learning supplies distribution. We also raised their awareness about risks to child protection, including early marriage, child labor, and domestic violence.
Our team launched a multifaceted response to help mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19, including reorganizing operations at our health facilities to minimize infection and establishing isolation units in communities. We provided personal protective equipment to frontline workers and the general population, conducted trainings on infection control, mobilized the community, and raised awareness about hygiene, social distancing, mask wearing, and vaccination.
World Vision’s response also featured WASH UP!, a behavior-change program that teaches children not only how to practice healthy hygiene, but also empowers them to encourage their friends, families, and communities to do the same. We adapted WASH UP! to support the socio-emotional needs of Syrian refugee children, many of whom have experienced significant trauma.
Lebanon continued to endure multiple crises in FY21. The country dealt not only with Syrian refugees, COVID-19, and massive economic collapse, but also the lingering aftermath of the Beirut blast in August 2020. People face both drastic increases in prices and dire shortages of food, medicine, and fuel. To respond more directly to urgent needs, World Vision has created a separate Lebanon crisis response. Reporting for that response will start in FY22.
In FY21, we worked with partners to support nearly 484,000 Syrian refugees within Lebanon with food security, child protection, WASH, and education.
To help meet basic needs, World Vision provided multipurpose cash grants to 29,215 of the most vulnerable refugees in the Bekaa Valley. Their ability to earn income diminishes in the winter because of lack of agricultural or construction work. Without support, they cannot afford the warm clothes, blankets, and fuel needed to live in an area with frequent snowfall and subzero temperatures.
We reached 3,158 children with basic education and psychosocial support, conducted remotely because of COVID-19 concerns. This included early childhood education and teaching in Arabic, other foreign languages, and math, along with mental health activities.
In FY21, World Vision reached 16,882 refugee children, youth, and caregivers in Jordan through our programs in early childhood, school feeding, youth empowerment, alternative education, and remedial education. We taught new and less qualified teachers to build basic competencies in remedial and catch-up education programs, and created a practical handbook with best practices.
We rehabilitated WASH facilities in schools, in part to help promote retention of children most at risk. In the past year, we targeted nine schools in the northern governates of Jordan by installing wastewater treatment systems to reduce environmental hazards and introducing best environmental and health practices for children and teachers. We also facilitated WASH UP! to promote proper hygiene for children and raise their awareness of water conservation.
World Vision supported a livelihoods project in Turkey in FY21, training aspiring entrepreneurs to plan and successfully operate a small business. Trainees submitted their business proposals for evaluation by a committee of experienced businesspeople.
The committee provided 60 trainees—70% Syrian refugees and 30% Turkish citizens—with in-kind grants of $3,800 apiece to help them start and register small businesses, such as sewing. Those chosen had developed proposals with the greatest potential to lead to profitable microenterprises.
Life as a refugee in the Syria region can be overwhelming. Your generous support enables World Vision to help meet basic needs, improve bleak conditions, and reflect the love of God. Thank you for joining us in our work to transform lives and bring hope to vulnerable children and their families.Attachments: