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EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis

The EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis supports activities that promote social cohesion, such as peace building activities, peer information, outreach, information campaigns, and awareness sessions on various topics. Social cohesion, as another priority sector of the Trust Fund, is closely linked to the protection sector, and both aim at improving the wellbeing of Syrian and host community children, women and adults. The EU Regional Trust Fund reaches more than 1,000,000 vulnerable refugees and local beneficiaries in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Armenia, and the Western Balkans.


W is 17 and he is one of the 130 inmates detained at the Juvenile Detention Centre in Duhok, Iraq. He was sentenced to a 6 months detention after fighting with another student. Because many young people live in the centre, sports facilities and a library are available. Inmates follow classes and practice sports so that when they have served their sentences, they can return to their communities and contribute positively. Thanks to the European Union via the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, and GIZ, the centre's football pitch has been rehabilitated. Watch W’s story and learn more about the work the European Union does in the region here:

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.

Over the summer, 11-year-old Syrian schoolgirl Esraa - decorated the school walls with beautiful murals together with her Syrian and Jordanian classmates. The ‘Happy Walls’ project showcases stories of resilience and successful integration between Syrian refugees and local community children. This initiative is one of many other QUDRA project initiatives. Funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund, it helps some 600,000 Syrian and local communities in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey become more resilient and secure a better future. More stories:


“Everything falls on me”

Lai is a 40-year-old Syrian from Deraa, who moved to the north of Jordan with his wife and 4 children. They left everything behind in 2013 due to the war in their home country and built a new life from scratch. In a patriarchal society where men are seen as the sole breadwinners for their families, Lai felt that the survival of his loved ones was dependent on him.

They were stable and happy in Syria: Lai owned a home and goats and sheep,...


Unique life perspectives captured through the lens of community reporters

Muntadhar Salem Alhoreshawi, 25, from Missan in Iraq is one of eighty youth, including internally displaced, host community members and Syrian refugees, to have become Community Reporters after completing a training on broadcast and photojournalism. “I am excited to finally receive my certificate in broadcast journalism. It was a valuable, memorable experience during which I broadened my skill set and was able to reflect real stories of the people of my province as a community reporter and journalist.” 

It was also an opportunity for the youth to learn a profession and find jobs. “I was inspired by the Community Reporters...


Shaping the leaders of tomorrow

"I was able to establish this organisation, because indeed there weren’t any organisations that took care of youth or women issues."

Jihane Mourjan had been volunteering with the Sadiq programme - an initiative that aims to protect youth, adolescents and children from the problems they face - in Jordan before deciding to establish her own organisation, the Bushra center in Zarqa in 2016: “I really loved volunteer work and that’s why I decided that I need to do something for the community and to help the marginalised segments of society”. The main idea behind the center was to help...


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