The EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis provides access for refugee children to formal education and schooling, non-formal education schemes, accelerated learning and catch-up classes, as well as remedial and homework support activities. Through this priority sector, the Trust Fund supports more than 470,000 children in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and the Western Balkans.
The European Union Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis’ exhibition "Faces of Resilience: From Syria and the Region" by photographer Johanna de Tessières displays portraits and personal stories of those whose lives have been irrevocably impacted by the Syria crisis. Johanna’s photos document a selection of the many projects supported by the European Union through the Trust Fund. They shed light on the individual lives behind the unimaginable numbers, which have been irrevocably changed by the Syria crisis. These photos also showcase how the EU’s support has enabled many Syrians, Iraqis, Jordanian and Lebanese people to start rebuilding their lives and to turn desperation into hope. Despite trauma and personal losses, the protagonists of these stories reveal their extraordinary resilience and determination to carry on, care for their children and dream of a better future.
Life is not easy for Sabah and her children. Ever since she fled Syria for what she thought would be a short stay away, she has benefited from the services offered by UNRWA in Jordan, with the support of the EU Trust Fund. Sabah and her children have access to cash assistance, education, healthcare and protection. Living in the Zarqa camp is their only chance to survive. Palestine refugees from Syria like Sabah can benefit from the financial support and services offered to them so they can live with dignity even if they are far from home.
The Dom community is one of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in Jordan. Meet Farid, a bright kid who loves going to school and wants to become a policeman. Thanks to projects implemented by UNICEF with the support of the EU Regional Trust Fund, the Makani Centers help communities like Farid’s understand how important education is for children and offer them other important services.
Nader is a widowed father of 2 boys. He left his house in Saan al Aswad village in the suburbs of Homs because of the war in 2013 and has been in Lebanon since. His wife passed away in April 2019, and since then he is raising his children alone.
Having to cope with his newfound reality has been a challenge, the toughest he has ever faced: “It’s hard, I can tell you that; especially when raising two young boys. When you are at that age, you need your mother”, he says.
Nader’s two children, Abdalraheem and Abdulrahman, attend the community...
Amina is a 13 year old Palestine refugee living with her family in Beddawi camp, Lebanon. She is a grade seven student and goes to Mazar school in the camp. Due to the difficult socio-economic situation in Lebanon and the COVID-19 outbreak, the schools were forced to shut down many times since the end of last year. Amina and her 2 siblings can no longer go to school and have to study from home, however they only have one mobile phone and therefore cannot all have access to the Self Learning Programme (SLP) put in place by UNRWA.
Alaa el Dine and Shaeela live in Al Zarqa and are originally from Aleppo. They have 7 children, 4 of which go to a Back to the Future school in al Ghouwariyya, Jordan. Despite the fact of not having been able to complete their education, they were adamant on sending their kids to school to secure their future. “I think getting an education is very important if not the most important thing there is. Why would you want to stay blind and not know how to read?” says Shaeela.
School had a positive effect on the girls’ academic performances: “my...