A dear friend of mine living in Damascus countryside, started a project to produce biogas to compensate the shortage in fuel in the area. The environment friendly project works by recycling garbage and manure to produce the biogas that is now able to provide the residents in the area with water 3 hours every day.
This project is one local effort among many in the war torn Syria to make Syrians’ lives a more durable. This week I met Dr. Burhan Galioun, a French Syrian Professor of Sociology at the University of Sorbonne, and the former president of Syrian National Council. Dr. Galioun told me something I already realized, which is that the large amount of donation money spent as bureaucracy expenses. Helping local communities and groups is much better for immediate and effective relief, mainly in areas like development and training. Here is a list of Syrian Civil Relief Groups helping Syrians inside Syria and refugees in neighboring countries. These organizations work on the micro level. I prefer to call them Micro-Local-Organisms. Here are a few of these organisms/organizations:
1- Molham Volunteering Team: I came across this group via Twitter calling its followers for a monthly support to an old Syrian woman living alone in Lebanon. This is a small group work to provide aid for refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. They also carry out campaigns to help Syrians inside Syria. The team tries to secure house rents and food, connect people in need with supporters, pay medical bills and secure medication, provide children with school needs.
2- The National Syrian Project for Prosthetic Limbs: Established in 2012 and based in Turkey near the Syrian-Turkish borders, this organization has its own workshop to build prosthetic limbs for Syrians who lost their legs and sell them with affordable prices to Syrians. This group provides social therapy and rehabilitation. In their own words, “The project is the result of a vigorous effort and cooperation between a group of Syrian doctors, some independent and some belong to prestigious medical bodies.”
3- Syrian Eyes: They mainly work in Lebanon to provide aid for Syrian refugees, it is a non-profit initiative started by a group of volunteers and they do not belong to any party. One of their initiatives is distributing wood for heating to refugees. They aim to improve the living conditions of the camps as much as possible.
4- Najda Now International: This non-profit organization is based in Germany. It provides treatment for the injured and wounded who are denied medical care, design aid programs for children and mothers, develop curricula for schools in cooperation with international educational institution and supporting the culture of reconciliation and cooperation.
5- Bokra Ahla Team (A Better Tomorrow): They are simply a group of youths trying to help Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp in Jordan. During the last snowstorm in Middle East, they started a campaign called: Your Warmth is ours; the campaign aims to gather blankets and means for heat to Refugees living in tents. They also started The Snow Challenge campaign where the youths buried themselves in snow to spread awareness of the suffering of refugees in this merciless winter.
Phone No. 00962786378946
6- For Syria: A non-governmental organization works in providing relief, development and aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey and Syrian displaced north Syria. They also work in helping families to start their own projects to support themselves and start training courses for youths.
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/ForSyriaorg
Phone No. 00971-556336308
7- Basmeh And Zaitooneh: One of my favorite groups. This is a non-profit initiative started by Syrians based in Lebanon with their Lebanese friends. Their goal is ‘to assess the needs and to fill in the gaps of humanitarian assistance. After the initial assessment phase, efforts have been concentrated in areas where the needs appeared to be most urgent.” Part of their wonderful work is creating a sewing workshop where Syrian women can make and sell their handmade products online and during organized showcases.
9- Bihar Relief Organization: A non-profit organization works to provide aid to refugees in Syria mainly Kurdish populated areas. One of their main goals is working for peacebuilding. One of their latest activities with UNICEF is distributing hygiene kit baskets in the city of Aleppo north Syria.
This list will be updated whenever I search more micro-local-organism.