Who We Are

in 2011 ,due to the crisis in our country Syria, and its disastrous consequences with the displacement of hundreds of thousands of and the movement to the capital Damascus, which was affected by economic and social conditions, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas (†21.03.2014) gave his blessings to form a committee. This committee is specifically concerned with the affairs of development and relief  by providing the assistance for those who are directly or indirectly affected by the crisis, starting from the patriarchate location in Bab Touma (old Damascus)  to reach by 2015 to all the Syrian ground  .



St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee ‘EPDC’ is a non-governmental organization ,operating under the supervision of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and the entire East, and directly subordinated to His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem II.

The Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch has started its Project  on the humanitarian field since the beginning of the crisis in Iraq, when people started to flee from Iraq to Syria in 2003 and the following years.

Our Values



We believe

That Human being is the highest value in life, the fundamental cornerstone in the development of a society.

Helping him is our duty to build a strong solid community.


Our constitution

  • Love without Borders.
  • Humanity is our work engine.
  • Respecting every human being .
  • Joy in service, Attention to development, Transparency and non-discrimination.

We strive to make peace a part of everything we do. Responding to disasters, we work to distribute resources in ways that minimize conflict. We aim to meet the needs of our community. In addition, we advocate for all activities that will lead to a more peaceful world.

What We Do

Programs & Projects


Urgent financial aid projects

04/11/2015

The urgent financial aid through distribution cash is offered to the families that are directly affected by the terrorist attacks and to families of martyrs. The committee defines a specific account to help those families throughout the year, in addition to the aid paid for the liberation of the abducted individuals, particularly girls and children

In Kind Parcels projects

Humanitarian response programs Humanitarian response programs //

Food and nonfood parcels such as :Food parcels – baby hygiene kits - basic household items for displaced families

blankets, heaters, sanitary products and other daily necessities

In 2014, EPDC distributed 50000 quotas for the families that are in need

 

Cash distribution projects

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providing Cash money aids to families who are classified below poverty line

Cache for rent

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Helping the displaced families with cash for temporary rent subsidies.

In 2014, EPDC helped more than 1000 families within this project

Urgent financial aid projects

Humanitarian response programs Humanitarian response programs //

The urgent financial aid through distribution cash is offered to the families that are directly affected by the terrorist

attacks and to families of martyrs. The committee defines a specific account to help those families throughout the year,

in addition to the aid paid for the liberation of the abducted individuals, particularly girls and children

Keep it Clean

Early recovery projects Early recovery projects //

This project aims to create job opportunities for IDPs, collection and deportation of waste inside and around the shelters, and Deployment of volunteering culture in the local community

My Career is My Life

Early recovery projects Early recovery projects //

The Project Objectives are to create job opportunities for IDPs, train IDPs in several career such as  Crochet, Candles, and Quilts crafts in order to enable them to make their own career, and contribute to easing the burden of living for IDPs

Vocational Training

Capacity Building projects Capacity Building projects //

Vocational training is addressing a different target groups:

  •  Vocational training for women: the committee organizes special courses in sewing


           and crochet and various household skills especially for mother in order to help them earn money.

  •  Special courses for youth and fresh graduates: build their skills to enable them to


start a career such as hairdressing and cosmetics, maintenance of computers,

electronics and household electrical appliances.

  • Special courses for youth: the committee is interested in investing in the youth by

          helping them to develop their skills in the field of computer, languages and administrative work.


Remedial courses

Capacity Building projects Capacity Building projects //

Remedial education courses in the various stages of middle and high school, the committee is keen to help students finish their studies, which may be affected by the  security situations and military operations

People with the special needs

Special Programs Special Programs //

Assistance to people with special needs (such as private associations like Faith and Light, ship, love)

Orphans

Special Programs Special Programs //

Direct cache assistant for orphans with regular visites Special aids to children in the orphanage

Psychological support programs

Special Programs Special Programs //

 

  • EPDC focusing mostly on the psychological support for children as they are the most


        affected by the repercussions of the crisis, the committee also organizes several

        activities to train volunteers to do their part and provide psychosocial support to childre


       In 2014, EPDC has participated and organize many courses such as

 

  •  Summer peace building institute (SPI)
  •  International work and study camp
  •  Capacity building
  •  Let us grow up together
  •  Trauma sensitive
  •  SPHERE
  •  PT theater

 

School and University scholarship

Students Programs Students Programs //

Financial aids for displaced students

Students Programs Students Programs //

Health care Programs

Health care programs Health care programs //

We provide medical services through a network of doctors and covers the expenses of surgeries, X-rays and medicine.

More than 6000 persons were helped by EPDC during 2014 in this program.

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لمحة عن قسم المشاريع

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وعليه اهتمت الهيئة بتنفيذ العديد من المشاريع ضمن إطار التعافي المبكر واستعادة سبيل العيش والذي يعتبر جزءاً لا يتجزأ من خطة الاستجابة الإنسانية للأزمة السور.

في عام 2015 تم تنفيذ عدد من مشاريع العمالة مؤقتة والعمالة الدائمة والتي ساهمت بتوفير ما يقارب 450 فرصة عمل.

ومن هذه المشاريع مشروع "بلدنا نضيفة... أحلى 2" مشروع جمع وترحيل النفايات في مناطق من ريف دمشق وهدف المشروع الى تحسين الوضع المعيشي والصحي والبيئي للأسر الوافدة لمراكز السكن المؤقت والمتضررين في محافظة ريف دمشق، حيث تسببت الزيادة في أعداد النازحين في مختلف المحافظات في زيادة العبء على الخدمات الاجتماعية، مما زاد الضغط على البلديات نتيجة الزيادة الهائلة في النفايات الصلبة، الأمر الذي شكل خطراً على الصحة العامة وهدد بزيادة الإصابة بأمراض.

 مشاريع الورشات المنتجة

انشاء ورشات لإنتاج اللحف الديكرون وحياكة الصوف وأعمال خدمية مختلفة من مشاريع وفعاليات تؤمن فرص عمل.

ينقسم المشروع الى ورشتين مهنيتين الأولى لإنتاج اللحف والوسائد والبطانيات والأخرى لمنتوجات الصوف المتنوعة من البسة ومستلزمات شتاء.
وتنوّعت المبادرات نوعاً وكمّاً بحسب مقدار الضرر اللاحق بالمنطقة وعدد وحجم احتياجات السكان فيها بما في ذلك النازحين وأفراد المجتمع المضيف.

  في نفس الإطار قيام العديد من المبادرات: البازار (السوق الخيري)، أضافة إلى مبادرة "دفا وعفا" الصوف في المناطق (جرمانا ـ الدويلعة ـ الكباس ـ بلودان) التي حوت عائلات أجبرتهم الأزمة على ترك بيوتهم ليلتجئوا إليهم، فما كان من هذه المناطق إلا وأن تفتح أبواها لتستقبل جميع الأطياف السورية، لهذا السبب تم اختيار هذه المناطق لتجتمع عن طريق هذه الفعالية هؤلاء السيدات لفعالة "دفا وعفا".

استطاع قسم المشاريع تحسين مستوى معيشة ما مجموعه شخص متضرر من الأزمة سواء بشكل مباشر او غير مباشر. كذلك تم إيلاء اهتمام خاص للتمكين الاقتصادي للنساء المعيلات، كونهن من أكثر الفئات هشاشةً في أوقات الأزمات.

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