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EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis

Providing women with Psychosocial support and helping them build connections

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This training helps us identify the international non-governmental organisations which we can turn to for support, as well as encounter women who share the same concerns and problems

Hanaa Slibi is a mother of three from Aleppo in Syria. She is a graduate in Education and Business from a technical school in Aleppo and she worked as a teacher in her country before she came to Lebanon in 2011, with the onset of the war in Syria. “Our life is not easy. We have to deal with all kinds of unexpected events” she explains.

She opened the doors of her home for CARE International's mobile unit in order for her and the neighbours to take part in the awareness session provided by the social workers. Over the past months, CARE mobile units provided several sessions in Mount Lebanon on various themes, notably legal assistance, early marriage, violence against women and psychological health. This type of activities assists the participating women by providing them with useful skills and helping them build trust, ultimately improving their mental health.

Women from the neighbourhood met at Hana’s house in Antélias, Mount Lebanon. The day went well as Hanaa was able to receive and bond with women she did not know.

“This training helps us identify the international non-governmental organisations which we can turn to for support, as well as encounter women who share the same concerns and problems.” She says .

“We no longer have any family or friends. My family, for example, is scattered between Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Syria and Germany. Such activities help us build support networks where we know and feel we're not alone,” Hanaa explains.

The mobile unit is part of the activities of CARE International under a regional programme funded by the European Union, via the Trust Fund, and implemented by a consortium led by EuroMed Feminist Initiative (IFE-EFI). Thanks to the financial support of the EU via the Trust Fund, IFE-EFI works to promote gender equality and empower women on the national level through a wide variety of services that reach almost 45,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), Iraqi, Jordanian, Lebanese and Syrian refugee women and girls.