Mr. Filippo Grandi's Visit to the Jibreen CS
During his tour in the city of Aleppo on Feb 2, 2017, Mr. #Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner of the United Nations for Refugees, with an accompanying delegation from the Commission #UNHCR, visited the Syrian Society for Social Development #SSSD office at the temporary collective shelter of #Jebreen. The tour included a briefing on SSSD activities provided for IDPs, including children, women and persons with special needs, which aim to alleviate the suffering of people affected by the Syrian crisis and create a space for future hope, as part of the cooperation agreement between SSSD and UNHCR. Mr. Grandi visited one of the children (10-12 years) sessions, which was about “Children pledge to work together.” He sat down next to them and spoke with them. Later on, he expressed his impressions saying: “The impact of the sessions is clear on children in the way they welcome visitors, in their openness to them, their satisfaction, and signs of delight obvious on their faces.” He also visited three families, who have persons with special needs and are accompanied by SSSD, and listened to their stories, learned about their urgent needs and what is provided to them. He was deeply impressed by the women’s determination and felt pained by their hardships, suffering and many needs. “The reason for my visit is to remind the world of the need to pay attention to the humanitarian needs of the Syrians,” he said.
"Damascus , A Creative City" Event
As one of the events pertaining to the nomination of Damascus as on of the UNESCO Creative Cities network, under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Affairs and in cooperation with UNHCR, the Syrian Society for Social Development organized at the Opera House a special event entitled A Journey to Empowerment. Mr. Roy Moussalli, broadly reviewed programs, projects, activities, accomplishments and events provided by SSSD and highlighted its management of the Khalid bin al-Walid Institute for the rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents, as well as its active role in the rehabilitation of the affected population and persons exposed to violence and their social reintegration. “Marginalized groups must not remain in the margin,” he emphasized, “and we must deliver a powerful message to the effect that the most marginalized people in society are people at its core.” He further focused on calling government agencies and NGOs to actively take part in the response to risk and risk prevention in order to mainstream protection. In her speech, the Minister of Social Affairs, Ms. Rima al-Kadri, emphasized the active role of NGOs in deploying energies, exerting efforts, and contributing to the community’s advocacy for risk mitigation and the promotion of nonviolence. She also focused on the role of voluntary work for the advancement of Syria’s current situation. The event included several video presentations, ballet dancing, drama sketches highlighting cases of unaccompanied and separated children, early marriage, child labor, school dropouts, domestic violence, etc., as well as songs presented by a group of SSSD volunteers and a group of IDP children, PSN and juvenile delinquents