Child Protection

About The Program :

For the sake of creating a safe and positive environment for children who experienced the catastrophic effects of war, Jafra Foundation has been organizing child protection program which includes psychosocial support sessions, recreational and education support activities on a daily basis, as well as organizing special occasions and celebrations.

A Included in the activities at the Jafra Foundation CFS locations are hygiene awareness and risk awareness sessions, informing young children about UXE (unidentified exploding objects) and additional risks in their communities as well as ways to prevent contracting disease through proper hygienic practices, in addition to supporting the parents of children participating in psycho-social support sessions, by holding focus groups, parent meetings, and inviting families to the center to witness the progress of their children.

Child Friendly Spaces serve as a safe and open place for children to play and learn. As it is dangerous for children to play outside, Jafra Foundation and its volunteers have organized many special events, dance, music, arts and craft sessions for children in 5 locations. Open Days celebrate child learning, inviting the community to enjoy a positive, creative and lively atmosphere organized by the children and Jafra volunteers. Children showcase their new skills and art work, performing in front of large audiences.

Jafra Foundation has also supported students to continue their learning. Jafra supported in exam preparation, providing tutors and Back-to-School kits for 175 students permitted to leave besieged areas to sit for final yearly exams in Damascus. These students were also supported with hygiene kits and food baskets for their stay in Damascus..

CHILD PROTECTION SUB-PROGRAMS

Psycho-social support

In order to assist children who have experienced the catastrophic effects of war, Jafra Foundation provides psycho-social support inside Child Friendly Spaces in all locations. By creating a safe and positive environment for children, Jafra Foundation volunteers are able to give children proper and useful guidance to develop new positive coping mechanisms to deal with their daily struggles.

Jafra Foundation has organized psycho-social support trainings for facilitators in the field. After receiving this training volunteers develop suitable activities tailored to each location in order to support children’s psychological well-being. These trainings include a psycho-social support curriculum tailored to children between the ages of 6 and 18.

These activities include:

  • psycho-social support sessions,
  • educational support sessions,
  • recreational activities – dance clubs, theater and drawing, music lessons and art-recycling activities,
  • special occasions and celebrations

In addition, Jafra supports the parents of children participating in psycho-social support sessions, by holding focus groups, parent meetings, and inviting families to the center to witness the progress of their children. Parents are invited to participate in special occasions and celebrations to watch children perform dancing, music and theater shows.

Awareness Raising

Included in activities at Jafra Foundation’s Child Friendly Spaces are hygiene awareness sessions. Hygiene awareness provides children with information to better prevent contraction of disease during times of war, by utilizing proper hygienic practices. Session take place in each center at least twice weekly – providing young children with the knowledge to take back home to their families.

Content includes handwashing practices, tooth and nail care, proper use of bathroom facilities, washing vegetables and fruits, and earlier warning signs of lice and scabies.

Education Support

In the midst of the ongoing crisis, many schools have closed as they shelter internally displaced persons, as teachers travel abroad seeking safety, and as schooling has become a second priority for families without food or homes.

In this light, Jafra Foundation has also prioritized students return to school to continue their studies. Jafra has supported students return to and continuation of their schooling by:

  • provision of Back-to-School kits for more than 2,000 students
  • hiring of tutors for exam preparation
  • financial support for teachers without salaries
  • supplying schools with firewood, stationary and water trucking services
  • providing teachers with psychosocial support and child safety training
  • special education support for students with autism or other learning disabilities
  • handicap accessibility for injured students

In May 2015, 175 students were permitted to leave besieged areas to sit for their final yearly exams in Damascus. These students, with Jafra’s assistance, received hygiene kits and food baskets for their stay in Damascus.

Relief

As many families have been forced to leave their homes to seek safety in other locations around Syria, the high cost of rent and food have created poverty amongst many internally displaced families.

During the winter of 2015, Jafra secured funding to provide 1,000 most vulnerable students attending education support sessions in Jafra centers across Syria with new jackets and shoes. Another 5,000 Back-to-School kits have been delivered to children across all Jafra locations.

In addition to clothing, students and their families have received bread, sweets during Eid holidays, and handicap devices (including wheelchairs and crutches) for transport to and from school.

CHILD PROTECTION PROGRAM LOCATIONS

SOUTHERN DAMASCUS

QUDSAYA GATHERING

JARAMANA CAMP

KHAN ESHIEH CAMP

HOMS CAMP

DEIR ALI

Statistics of Child Protection Program 2014-2015 :

Southern Damascus
Sub-programNumber of Beneficiaries
Education 1600
Psychosocial Support 1800
Awareness Raising 6000
Recreational Activities 2400
Relief 800
Qudsaya Gathering
Sub-Program Number of Beneficiaries
Education 1,400
Psychosocial Support 3,300
Awareness Raising 13,500
Recreational Activities 4,200
Relief Jackets&shoes 250
Jaramana Camp
Sub-Program Number of Beneficiaries
Education 900
Psychosocial Support 2,600
Awareness Raising 16,000
Recreational Activities 4,000
Relief 250
Khan Eshieh Camp
Sub-Program Number of Beneficiaries
Education 600
Psychosocial Support 900
Awareness Raising 2155
Recreational Activities 900
Homs Camp
Sub-Program Number of Beneficiaries
Education 700
Psychosocial Support 2000
Awareness Raising 4000
Recreational Activities 1500
Relief 2400