Food Security and Livelihood
Food scarcity is one of the most common problems victims face during a crisis. At IHR, we pride ourselves on finding the best methods for nutritional provision to deprived communities. Through the distribution of food parcels and the initiation of sustainable projects, we try to assure that those in besieged areas can still receive the sustenance they need to survive. IHR’s role is to improve derelict zones by reviving agricultural lands, building small factories and creating bakeries. These projects provide job opportunities for local residents and thus boost morale while enhancing the quality of life.
Supporting livestock in rural Hamah and Idleb
Location
Syria – North Rural Hamah – South Rural Idleb
Date
from 01/01/2018 to 30/11/2018
Numbers Of Beneficiaries
Granting fodder vouchers, vet care, consultation and raising the awareness to 400 HH’s for 10 months
Vet care, consultaion and raising the awareness sessoins to 100 HH’s for 10 months

The project consists of two mobile vet clinics to cover the rural of Idleb and Hama and to provide vet care, consultation, and awareness raising sessions, as  well as 4 vaccination campaigns all over the project period, also the project provides fodder vouchers with a quantity of 30KG per shep for 10 months on a monthly basis to a maximum number of 7 sheep per each beneficiary to reach 400 of vulnerable breeders

Winter agriculture voucher
Location
Syria: North Rural Aleppo
Date
01/01/2018 to 15/05/2018
Beneficiaries
Agriculture vouchers: 800 HH
Dairy food production: 400 HH

The project provides support to the resident families from the local communities, via providing the agricultural input to empower the family from farming half Dunum of winter agriculture harvests chosen by the beneficiaries themselves, as well as supporting with Complementary irrigation, fertilizers, and equipment, also there is another component which about providing support to the displaced families with dairy food processing items, after attending the necessary training as well as technical support one need

supporting livestock owners
Location
Syria – North Rural Hamah – South Rural Idleb
Date
from 01/01/2018 to 31/03/2018
Numbers Of Beneficiaries
250 benefiiaries’ granted sheep
8000 beneficiaries from vaccination

250 HH’s will directly be benefited from this project via providing two sheep to each one with needed fodder, vet care, and vaccinations to increase the number of sheep they own, moreover IHR provides vet care to tens of thousands of animals owned by the residents via the vet center and mobile clinic

For Ghouta
Location
Syria : Rural Damascus – Eastern Ghouta – Douma
Date
01/02/2018 to 30/04/2018
Beneficiaries
1,650 HH direct beneficiaries

Distribution of 1650 breads on all underground shelters in Duma city

Milk Value Chain
Location
Syria – Rural Damascus – Eastern Ghouta
Date
from 01/10/2017 to 31/03/2018
Numbers Of Beneficiaries
113 HH direct beneficiaries
300 HH indirect beneficiaries will be served from the vet centre established in the targeted areas and
200 HH case will be invited to attend the awareness session and another
113 HH are going to be provided with a job opportunity for a monthly salary. “

This project aims to provide technical support to cattle breeders specifically milking cows’ and ewes’ breeders as an attempt to preserve the livestock size in all besieged areas of Rural Damascus particularly Eastern Ghouta. Considering that the livestock size is decrementing day by day affected by the imposed besiegement. Therefore, this project will focus on targeting 79 milking cows’ breeders and 34 milking ewes’ breeders and will provide them with a sufficient quantity of fodder that suffices their heifers for a period of time, considering that the availability of fodder is very rare. Additionally, through this project breeders are going to be invited to attend a series of awareness sessions to increase their awareness and preparedness in terms of the different ways of breeding to follow and how to increase and develop their personal livestock size. Not to forget that a series of market linking events are going to be provided to all selected breeders and interns. These events will help targeted beneficiaries identify all possible gaps milk production is facing and work on proposing all possible solutions. Moreover, this project is going to provide a job opportunity for 113 young breeders who will be recruited to support the direct beneficiaries for a monthly salary. Finally, through this project we are going to be supporting two peasants’ federations by establishing one training room for each federation to be used to serve all farmers.

Livelihood and livestock project
Location
Syria : Rural Damascus – Eastern Ghouta
Date
01/09/2017 to 31/01/2018
Beneficiaries
117 HH direct beneficiaries
450 indirect beneficiaries will be served from the vet center established in the targeted areas and 150 cases will be invited to attend the awareness session

This project aims to provide technical support to cattle breeders specifically heifers’ breeders as an attempt to preserve the livestock size in all besieged areas of Rural Damascus particularly Eastern Ghouta. Considering that the livestock size is decrementing day by day affected by the imposed besiegement. Therefore, this project will focus on targeting 117 heifers’ breeders and will provide them with a sufficient quantity of fodder that suffices their heifers for a period of time, considering that the availability of fodder is very rare. Additionally, through this project breeders are going to be invited to attend a series of awareness sessions to increase their awareness and preparedness in terms of the different ways of breeding to follow and how to increase and develop their personal livestock size.

Livestock Support
Location
Syria – North Rural Homs – Houla
Date
from 01/11/2016 to 31/10/2017
Numbers Of Beneficiaries
54 Householder


Supporting 54 heifer keepers in Al-Houla area through providing them with Fodder, veterinary care and awareness sessions and such session will discuss different topics related to cow raising and breeding techniques

Contingency Plan Project 2 – Mesraba
Location
Syria : Rural Damascus – Eastern Ghouta – Mesraba and Douma
Date
01/12/2016 to 31/08/2017
Beneficiaries
3,150 HH which equals to 15,750 persons from the different areas of Mesraba and Douma

Pre-position 3,150 FB in the besieged areas of Eastern Ghouta (Douma). This project aims to respond to the increasing humanitarian needs resulting from intensified shelling, IDP’s movement, closure of access, interruption of FIs in the local market and other factors currently the besieged areas of EG are passing through, and that require immediate release of food items to the most affected families once the indicators and triggers are identified

Ready To Eat Hot Meal
Location
Syria – Rural Damascus – Eastern Ghouta – Douma
Date
from 01/12/2016 to 30/11/2017
Numbers Of Beneficiaries
639 HH which equals to 3,195 persons from Douma area

Preparation and cooking of 639 hot meals to be distributed on 639 families from the besieged Douma city in Eastern Ghouta (the meal consists of cooked rice and cooked meat weighing 3,300 grams) daily for ten days in a row. Where the region is currently experiencing very difficult security conditions, including the closure of all crossings through which local traders can supply the region with various supplies of food and non-food, non-availability of all kinds of food and non-food goods and the very high prices of those available ones. Thus, the idea of ​​this project was to cook and distribute hot meals to families that have not yet received any kind of assistance from any party in the besieged Douma city as an attempt to address the negative consequences of this brutal siege.

Contingency Plan Project 1 – Saqba
Location
Syria : Rural Damascus – Eastern Ghouta – Saqba
Date
01/12/2016 to 30/11/2017
Beneficiaries
3,982 HH which equals to 19,910 persons from the different areas of Saqba, Jisrine, Hamoura, Zamalka and Arbein

Pre-position 3,982 FB in the besieged areas of Eastern Ghouta (Saqba, Jisrine, Zamalka, Hamoura and Arbein). This project aims to respond to the increasing humanitarian needs resulting from intensified shelling, IDP’s movement, closure of access, interruption of FIs in the local market and other factors currently the besieged areas of EG are passing through, and that require immediate release of food items to the most affected families once the indicators and triggers are identified

LIVELIHOOD AND LIVESTOCK PROJECT - PHASE 3
Location
Syria – “Eastern Ghouta”
Date
from 01/01/2017 to 31/03/2017
Numbers Of Beneficiaries
•86 beneficiaries profited from Fodder distribution two times throughout the project.
•Approximately 1, 827 beneficiaries profited from the mobile clinic.
•68 beneficiaries participated in four private awareness sessions.
•570 Beneficiaries will benefit from public awareness sessions.

LIVELIHOOD AND LIVESTOCK PROJECT – PHASE 3, concentrated on maintaining and
improving the livestock situation in Eastern Ghouta by providing the livestock keepers who
received cows to raise from the previous phase of the project (86 livestock keepers received
cows in phase 2) with fodder to feed the cows. The folder was distributed twice throughout the
project’s timeframe. Additionally, another major component of the project was a mobile
veterinary clinic which conducted rounds in several areas in Eastern ghost in order to provide
veterinary services for all kinds of livestock to around 1,827 beneficiaries. Furthermore, the
project included private and public awareness session for livestock keepers which addressed
different topics related to livestock rearing and associated skills.

Aoun and Sanad
Location
Lebanon : North Bekaa – Arsal
Date
01/06/2016
Beneficiaries
2.232 Families

This project aimed to provide some of the nutritional needs of displaced Syrian families for
nearly one month. A total of 2,232 food baskets were distributed to camps located in Arsal, a
hard-to-reach area that has attracted thousands of Syrian refugees since the beginning of the
conflict.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Location
Syria – North Rural Homs “Rastan-Talbeesa and Hola”
Date
from 01/03/2016 to 31/10/2016
Numbers of beneficiaries
2100 Households in the North Rural Homs Areas.

This project aimed to help vulnerable households without a main financial provider. Such
households included mainly single mothers with multiple children. The Food For thought
Projected included the distribution of two food baskets twice per month during the duration of
the project.

TOOL KIT PROJECT
Location
Lebanon : Different areas in eastern and western Bekaa and northern Akkar
Date
01/01/2016-31/01/2016
Beneficiaries
43 beneficiary

The Toolkit project aims to transform Syrian Refugees into positive roles models for generations to come by providing them with job opportunities and enabling to earn their own salary.

Moreover, this project helps those beneficiaries by providing them with a stable financial source that insure their ability in procuring their basic needs. IHR received 318 applications, 43 of which were provided with technical, managerial or accounting training courses and the proper tools to help them launch their own businesses.

Mounat Shitaa Lebanon
Location
Lebanon – Different areas in eastern and western Bekaa and northern Akkar
Date
from 11/01/2016 till 31/01/2016
Numbers of Beneficiaries
1,500 families in Bekaa different areas (7,050 pax)

1,000 families in Akkar different areas (4,700 pax)

149 Food Baskets were distributed to the educational staff in Al Amal schools

This project aims to provide those Syrian families with food items. Essentially minimizing the daily sufferance that the Syrian refugees in Lebanon are facing. So far IHR has been able to distribute 2,649-Food Baskets to 2,649 Syrian families in Bekaa and Akkar which will suffice them for a whole month.

My Project
Location
Syria : The districts of Al-Rihan and Al-Shifoniyyeh in Eastern Ghouta
Date
01/01/2016-31/05/2016
Beneficiaries
79 female-headed households

The Project supports sustainable livelihoods through improved incomes and food security for the poorest segments of Rural Damascus, notably displaced widows.

IHR has provided these widows with 3 pregnant ewes each, along with a 2 months’ supply of fodder. This Project also includes regular veterinary care as well as a Vet Centre set up for constant and convenient assistance access to beneficiaries.

Last but not least, the Al-Rihan Centre for Women Dairy Farmers (مركز الريحان للنساء المنتجات) was set up to serve as a women’s community centre where locals from both districts can feel free to gather and discuss their experiences and achievements. The Al-Rihan Centre for Women Dairy Farmers also serves as a hall for various training seminars on milk production techniques, sheep rearing and money management skills. By introducing them to an occupation they can utilize (i.e. sheep farming), this Project offers many benefits to women: reducing their economic dependency, and strengthening their own (and their children’s) food security. This will contribute to women’s empowerment and in the long term will help expand sheep and lamb markets in the targeted areas.

Winter Provisions Syria
Location
Syria – Eastern Ghouta
Date
from 01/03/2016 till 31/03/2016
Numbers of beneficiaries
2,250 households

Contributing to providing minimum standards of food security to the inhabitants of Eastern Ghouta by distributing comprehensive food rations to them, alleviating their financial burden.

Breeding Heifers Project
Location
Syria : Eastern Ghouta
Date
1/11/2015 until 31/10/2016
Beneficiaries
10 households

As a result of the ongoing war and the siege of many areas, the loss of livestock has been huge. This project involves establishing and equipping a centre for breeding and vaccinating  heifers in Eastern Ghouta with the aim of contributing to the preservation of livestock in the area and stimulating the livestock market there, as well as ensuring food security for the locals. Such intiative would encourage people to restore part of their pre-war livelihoods

Breeding cows
Location
Syria – Douma city and its surroundings in Eastern Ghouta
Date
from 01/11/2015 to 29/02/2016
Numbers of beneficiaries
120 direct beneficiaries (families of cattle farmers) and at least 900 families a month buying quality milk with a reduced price

The project aims to counter the decrease in cattle population in Eastern Ghouta by providing cattle farmers with one cow each –along with a 3 month supply of fodder– and selling their milk product at an IHR-run center in the town of Misraba. This, in addition to regular veterinary care – a Vet Center open for consultations and awareness sessions open to the public. This ensures a sustainable source of income for the direct beneficiaries (31 selected farmers) all the while providing low-cost quality milk to the indirect beneficiaries (the residents of Misraba).

Bread and food basket Project
Location
Lebanon : Arsal
Date
Permanent project
Beneficiaries
776 beneficial

Given the great needs of families living in the Aarsal region, International Humanitarian Relief took it upon itself to sponsor the Syrian families living in Aaidoun camp where 1039 Food baskets and more than 29000 Bread packs were distributed and still are…

Food baskets project
Location
Syria – Homs countryside – Talbiseh
Date
7 months
Numbers of beneficiaries
54,600 persons

For more than 3 years, the people of Talbiseh have been living under siege deprived from essential food & living supplies. Therefore, IHR team alleviated the needs of the people by distributing food baskets that included meals and products.

Food baskets distribution
Location
Idleb northern rural
Date
From 22/7/2015 to 31/12/2015
Beneficiaries
2500 new IDP Families

The project aimed to provide food to IDPs as they reached safer places by distributing 5000 food basket to 2500 new family.

Agricultural Grants project
Location
Syria – Damascus countryside – eastern Ghouta
Date
From 1/06/2015 to 31/12/2015
Numbers of beneficiaries
1,120 persons

Eastern Ghouta lacks all essential living dietary materials as it has been under siege for a long time. As part of its long-term local projects strategy, our team started working on a ‘Harvest (corn and eggplants) for Farmers’ project. This consisted of providing seeds and seedlings for farmers and offering technical support in order to till the soil and make the land arable. In addition, our team supplied farmers with fuel for water pumps and secured experts to supervise the project from the very beginning until crop production.

Cooked meals distribution
Location
Idleb city and Saraqib rural.
Date
From 20/4/2015 to 19/6/2015
Beneficiaries
10526 IDPs from Idleb city and rural Saraqib.

The project aimed to provide food to IDPs by distributing 10526 daily personal cooked meals to IDPs in Idleb city and Saraqib rural.

Food Baskets Distribution
Location
Qaser Bin Wardan
Date
From 20/2/2015 to 27/2/2015
Beneficiaries
500 new IDP familes
Our team distributed 500 emergency food basket to 500 new IDP families in need in Qaser Bin Wardan.
Food Baskets Distribution
Location
Saraqib – Jarjanaz – Sahl Al-Ghab – Ma’arat Alnuman rural – On Turkish borders camps
Date
From 1/2/2015 to 1/8/2015
Beneficiaries
21100 family of IDPs and peopel in need.

Our team distributed 10000 Food Baskets in camps located on the border. IHR coordinated with Human Appeal and another 11100 Food Baskets were given out to families in rural Saraqib – Jarjanaz – Sahl Al-Ghab – rural Ma’arat Alnuman every month. This results in food security for the families and decreased health deterioration as a result of malnutrition.

Update: the contract was extended until the end of 2015, adding Idbel city and rural to the targeted locations.

Food Baskets and Bread project
Location
Syria – Homs countryside – Al-Rastan and Al-Houla
Date
from 1/12/2014 to 30/11/2015
Numbers of beneficiaries
41,420 beneficiaries from food baskets distribution
49,280 beneficiaries from daily bread distribution

We determined the deterioration of food security was dire and the the needs of people in the north countryside of Homs were not being met.  IHR  implemented a 3-stage project to distribute Food Baskets among displaced families in addition to distributing bread at Al-Rastan area.

Food Baskets
Location
Syria – Damascus countryside – eastern Gota
Date
from 21/1/2015 to 5/2/2015
Number of beneficiaries
28.280 persons

Improving the situation in besieged areas suffering from severe food shortages has always been a priority to International Humanitarian relief.

Flour support to bakeries
Location
Hama eastern rural – Idleb rural
Date
From 1/1/2015 to 31/6/2015
Beneficiaries
50000 Beneficiary

Providing flour to Sahl Al-Ghab and Hama eastern rural bakeries:

Each bakery cooks 1 ton/day of flour which means around 1000 bread loaves – an average of 50 tons per month for the two bakeries. Our team distributed 2000 bread loaves daily to people at a price of 35 Syrian Pounds/per loaves.

Update: the contract was extended and 75 tons of flour was produced per month.

Wheat Planting Support
Location
Aleppo rural
Date
From 1/12/2014 to 10/7/2015
Beneficiaries
108 farmer

The project aims to keep farmers in their lands and preserve local wheat types. As all people of rural Aleppo benefit from this project, the projects plants 287 hectares of land. From the lands wheat was cultivated, providing flour and bread resulting in bread loaves being sold for less.

Raising Rabbits project
Location
Syria – Damascus countryside – Douma
Date
from 1/4/2015 to 30/9/2015
Numbers of beneficiaries
5,040 persons

The Raising Rabbits project provided a dietary protein source as a replacement for  the protein usually provided from sheep and beef.
The project was divided into stages:
1) rabbit’s health care                                        3) breeding and production

2) insemination and mating                               4) Selling rabbits for a cheap price.

These steps allowed families to buy rabbits, raise them, then eat them. This project was one of the most significant projects carried out by IHR as the rabbits, unlike other animals, have short pregnancy durations and large births number.