6 years of war have left the Syrian people trapped in a country mired in war and an in an environment of utter despair. In the town of Saraqib, Aimar, a 16 y.o. man and his family are witnessing the devastation of their country as well as their lives. Repeated bombings and attacks, have destroyed the infrastructure, disrupting access to basic needs and preventing Aimar and his family from moving. If not shattered, schools have become shelters, depriving Aimar and his friends from education. Continuous Internet disruptions have made it difficult to access information needed in daily life. However, in the summer 2016, Mr. Mahmoud Al Helal, an engineer from Saraqib created, with the support of Akillica, the Center for Vocational and Professional Training in Saraqib. "The idea of the center came as a result of the closure of industrial high schools that were giving professional training, before the popular uprisings” Mr Al Helal explains. Aimar was among the 32 first beneficiaries of this project. During the 3-month training, Aimar has not only learned to design and produce economically and ecologically relevant power supplies, but more importantly, to build community resilience and resist the conflict. The power he has gained and the one he can generate with his windmills will enable his community to manufacture the goods they have been lacking since the beginning of the war, paving the way for the community to rebuild.
Following the success of this pilot project, Akillica wishes to implement a sustainable training center and continue the program by training the next pool of 60 young men.
Thanks to your generous donation, Akillica will give the youths of Saraqib the opportunity to bring power back to their community and be agents of change.
Through this project, 60 youth males from 16 to 23 y.o. will learn a skilled trade that will enable them to become self-sufficient. During the three-month training, they will learn how to design and produce economically and ecologically relevant power supplies through the production of wind turbines as well as electric inverters, a complimentary product. At the end of the project, these young people will have the skills to be hired immediately in the factory, now being implemented/built by the partners of the project.
At the end of the project, the partners will seek the creation of a production unit or factory to employ the trained young people and to respond to the community’s needs for sustainable power supply.
When the Syrian people rose up against the dictatorship in 2011, no one would have imagined that the repression of the regime would trigger an already long war of 6 years, along with the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. More than 4.9 million Syrians are registered as refugees and 6.3 million are internally displaced.
A bleeding dry country...
Theater of a multidimensional war/conflict, Syria is today a battered country with collapsing infrastructures and a destroyed economy. 13.5 million people need assistance, among them 2.7 million youths aged 15 to 24 years old. With a 55% unemployment rate and 85% of the population living in poverty, Syrians lack every basic need. Water scarcity and absence of power up to 18 hours a day greatly hamper the development of alternative livelihood opportunities. With one out of three schools destroyed or inoperable, education is a major casualty, leaving one third of the children deprived of school.
No foreseeable future...
The disappearance of socio-economic infrastructures and social fabric weakens the coping mechanisms of the population. Broken families with barely no means for survival and the loss of years of schooling leave youths to fend for themselves. 90% of survey locations by the UN have reported child recruitment by armed factions proliferating into Syria, making the youth -especially youth males- easy target.
However, Syrian youths can build a peaceful future, if they are given the opportunity. Ensuring youths, their right to live, grow, and develop fully, as well as creating conditions for a peaceful sustainable future, is the mission of Akillica.