Support for children with disabilities in Homs
The effects of the civil war raging for years in Syria can be seen and felt across the country. The economic and humanitarian situation deteriorated significantly once again for many people in 2020. In addition to the loss of income opportunities, COVID-19 prevention measures have had a drastic social impact, affecting the weak and vulnerable sections of the population in particular. This includes those families caring for disabled children.
Since the middle of 2017, families have been returning to war-torn Homs where life had been hard for children and young people with intellectual disabilities even before the war. In a day centre for the disabled run by the Sacred Heart Sisters, efforts are being made to support their integration.
In response to the huge demand, the Sisters have extended this support to accommodate additional children in the afternoon, as well as restart the workshops providing vocational training for young adults. These efforts have been supported by Caritas international since 2019. Since 2020, Caritas Luxembourg has also been involved in supporting the centre.
The Redel Foundation is supporting these efforts with €50,000.