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Projects | Community Empowerment

As a charity operating in Syria, we are acutely aware that beyond the emergency needs of those caught in the conflict, their hopes and future livelihoods within whole communities have been torn apart. When looking at how to help Syria, we recognise that many have been forced to abandon their studies or careers. Millions of children have been forced out of education since the start of the conflict and a generation is growing up illiterate.

We are working to empower and rebuild lives. This not only means ensuring access to clean water, food and healthcare to those who need it most, but also it equally means restoring hope, creating opportunities and fostering an environment that will help re-establish communities. Working in Syria, we want to restore the dignity of the Syrian individual, as a human being and as a person with potential.


Since September 2017, we have formalised midwifery studies within Atmeh hospital and developed a structured and academic training program to empower women from across north west Syria to gain qualifications and learn a vital role within medicine. Currently, we have 74 trainees, 41 in their second year and 34 in their first. They have the option to live on site, making it far safer for them to attend classes, and cutting out the time and risk in commuting back to their villages and towns.

Students take 6 subjects per year and have 12 hours of theoretical teaching and 4 hours of practicals per week, ranging from anatomy, physiology and embryology to adult nursing practices, maternal health and communication skills. We are incredibly proud of our students and staff for committing to their studies whilst still living in war-torn conditions, and we hope that with this programme more women will be safe and supported throughout their pregnancy and labour.

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