Protecting the most vulnerable

 People with disabilities. Survivors with war-related injuries. Children without guardians. Female-headed households. Displaced populations. These are our most marginalised groups, and they are all at the heart of our protection programme.

Reaching out across Syria

HIHFAD is leading humanitarian efforts in Northwest Syria to address the vulnerability of persons with disabilities. Besides providing direct services targeting persons with disabilities such as physical rehabilitation and prosthetics support, HIHFAD conducted a series of inclusion awareness sessions in communities inside Syria and completed inclusion mainstream- ing among the humanitarian actors.

Since 2016, HIHFAD scaled up its supports to people with disabilities through an innovative approach by uniquely delivering comprehensive support, including psychosocial support (PSS), physical therapy (PT), peer support, child reliance, speech therapy, distributing assistive devices, case management and inclusive employment, and referrals to WASH, FSL, health etc. services.

HIHFAD expanded its case management activities that address the acute vulnerability of people with disabilities through a multipurpose protection assistance approach. Linking up with other existing life-saving interventions, the activity demonstrated high complementarity to serve the urgent needs. Long-term supports people with disabilities and their families in Northwest Syria. 

As an expansion of the inclusive employment programme HIHFAD started an apprenticeship project to promote inclusive employment among other humanitarian agencies through a pilot project. HIHFAD recruited and trained survivors. Apprentices trained in protection-related topics and one primary skill set before conducting on-the-job training in Syria with supportin partners. HIHFAD covered the costs of the training and salaries of the apprentices.

Enhancing self-confidence

Our teams organise sporting activities for injured civilians under the banner of ‘I Can’, advocating the value of peer support in improving individuals’ psychosocial states. This helps people discover their potential, exchange experiences, and share successful positive motivational examples.