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 Includedin 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 FriendlySpaces 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
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.
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.
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.
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 kitshave 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.