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Child protection: Family Friendly Space - Shams community center – Aleppo.

"I have been working all my life, and through all the years I have never pictured myself attending one of these session. I used to always think this is women’s stuff only. But I am very happy that I decided to come with my family today. I feel like it’s a day out with the people I love and I’m enjoying it. I’m also meeting people who live near me.

 I have learned today how impactful our words can be on our children.” This is what one of the fathers expressed while attending a series of "Family Friendly Space" sessions held by the Syrian Society for Social Development in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at Shams Community Center in Aleppo

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The series aimed to enhance the role of the family in the child's life and build his personality in a healthy manner, and clarified the importance of joint work between the parents of the children and the association to ensure the protection of the child from dangers and strengthened communication between the children of the same family.

The series also demonstrated the methods of nonviolent communication with practical application over a period of five weeks and concluded with an extended day full of purposeful recreational activities.

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Some of the parents’ feedback after the sessions:

“This is the best type of activities I have ever attended, mainly because I got to be together with my entire family.”

“I appreciate the fact that you care about parents and children and what each of them is going through, and that you have decided to share the best methods of upbringing with us here today.”

“Since the very first session when we started on-ground application, I felt a noticeable difference with my kids, my wife and all my family members.”

“I anticipated the activities to be quite boring to be honest, since we’re men and have a different mood and style that we somehow can’t be pleased with what pleases women. But the activities were really nice and rich and it managed to change how we think and behave when it comes to approaching our kids.”


Child Protection: Meeting with members of the Child Protection Club and Committee – Shams Community Center, Aleppo

Because the society, with its various categories and segments, has a lot of capabilities and is able to overcome the difficulties it faces, the Child Protection Team carried out a lengthy meeting that included members of the Child Protection Club and Committee at Shams Community Center.

The objective of the meeting is to build individuals' capacities, enhance their role in developing and raise awareness of their communities, and propose future plans to work with the idea of sustainable development.

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The meeting included a reminder of the importance of their role in empowering their communities, in addition to an open dialogue about future plans that will help activate their role more, and some games that help focus on the values of cooperation and listening.


Among the outputs that resulted in the meeting was a proposal to conduct awareness sessions in a house that the neighborhood mayor presents to the association free of charge to help the people of the area of Tarik Al Bab


This meeting took place in cooperation between the Syrian Society for Social Development and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The participants in the meeting expressed their enthusiasm to help the people of their


area in various ways. They said:

"Today was a new step in our journey to accomplish out big because of which we are all here gathered."

"I am very satisfied with the plans we proposed, and I will try to implement them because I am convinced they can be really useful."

"Such meetings are great as they really help us to remember how important our role is in our regions"



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