What we are doing
Action Against Hunger has been present in Syria since 2008, when our teams priority was to improve access to food and income for Iraqi refugees and Syrian residents alike. These projects included professional training, tool kit distributions, agricultural programmes, and pastoral and livestock management.
Since then, our team's focus has shifted to focus more on those impacted by the outbreak of conflict in Syria itself. Our teams major challenge has been trying to gain access to the most vulnerable regions due to difficult security conditions and the authorities' strict controls. Despite these barriers, among other things in 2017 we managed to enter Aleppo at the start of the year, and to commence an emergency response in the Al Areesha camps and in zones under Kurdish control such as Hasakeh. We currently have bases in Damascus, Hassakeh and Aleppo.
Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, our teams have scaled up programmes to include:
- Food distribution
- Tool kit distribution
- Agricultural and livestock projects
- Installation of water supplies and latrines
- Piloting a project using solar power to power water pumps
- Hygiene programmes – education on the spread of diseases
Action against Hunger also runs projects such as the waste management programme in Irbid, which employs 1,200 refugees to collect and sort waste from the streets, empowering communities to provide for themselves. You can read more about this project on Reuters and the BBC.