The Food Security and Livelihoods Program focuses on implementation to break the cycle of poverty and meet emergency needs. Projects are used to promote economic and social development. It also aims to help secure the resources needed to generate income, as well as to provide sustainable livelihoods for the current and future generations and to enhance their well-being.

Program Mission

Ensure food security and sustainable development by improving the lives of the most vulnerable through promoting the sustainable use of available resources, including equitable sharing and sharing of benefits arising from the project. Focus on people who aren't able to produce enough food and income or do not have the means to obtain the minimum family requirements for an active and healthy life.

Areas of Expertise

1. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security: Increase beneficiary options through economic focus on strategic crops, livestock assets and social and environmental standpoints by designing and implementing the distribution of agricultural inputs, irrigation systems, rehabilitation and provision of extension services. In addition, Watan is working on the formulation, activation and operation of relevant local institutions to resume its functions after appropriate delivery at the end of our long-term programs.

2. Emergency Food Security & Livelihoods: Mitigating new risks and challenges arising from the Syrian crisis, responding by emergency food kits distribution, and promoting positive coping strategies in the scarcity of emergencies feeding access.

3. Financial Services: Contribute to self-reliance and strengthen the capacity of Governments, local communities and regional organizations by integrating capacity development through income-generating activities ranging from micro grants and small business management training to start business again.

WATAN Program Philosophy and Differentiators

The immediate urgent response is at the cornerstone of food security and livelihood programs planning. With partners on the ground inside Syria, are readily available to access various hard-to-access areas with security in mind, in order to reach the most vulnerable.

WATAN aims to develop its program achievements to activities that involve increasing skill levels and empowering communities to acquire diverse skills for more sustainability. WATAN also looks forward to expanding its role in providing assistance to small businesses and business partnerships, as well as offering micro grants, internships and scholarships. WATAN also wants to expand its capacity in the area of agriculture and livestock through expansion in its scope and the numbers of beneficiaries.

WATAN’s work in the FSL program stands out for various reasons:

• People: Their dedicated staff, volunteers and partners are working to provide nutritious food in hard-to-reach areas and promote lasting solutions under difficult security conditions.

• Presence: present in all provinces, and access to all areas affected by the Syrian crisis. WATAN has an unrivalled network, deep field presence, local knowledge and great relationships, inside and outside Syria.

• Long-term sustainable interventions: responding with impactful interventions, such as micro grants and livestock exchange schemes, to achieve sustainable long-term outcomes that will continue to be a major focus of society. Seeing the success of others in society will build awareness. Small horticulture is an example, where achievement is the effect and motivate others to follow.

The protection program works to achieve safety, dignity and people's rights. It aims to reduce exposure to further harm or humiliation and allows for impartial assistance without discrimination or fear of physical or psychological harm. Activities provide support for issues ranging from psychologically affected children and women to gender-based violence to mental health referrals.

Program Mission

Protect the rights and well-being of those affected by conflict by ensuring access to the basics of survival - from food, protection from violence, fear of being forced to leave their homes or being denied access to relief. Also by creating an environment to expand their chances of reaching their full potential.

Areas of Expertise

1. Awareness-raising: Building awareness of human rights themes and support available through a comprehensive referral service.

2. Strengthening protection practices: Working to reduce risks and support vulnerable groups.

3. Mainstreaming protection: Improved key implementation of protection and monitoring in all programs.

4. Enhancing community cohesion: WATAN's two national centers within Syria for use in community integration and psychosocial and social support.

The program of philosophy and differentiation:

WATAN's mobile protection teams are available to provide psycho-social support in emergency situations. The mapping tool for health and education services is also used for situations requiring rapid response, to inform internally displaced persons and refugees in terms of the closest service to their new location, with further follow-up of some cases.

WATAN's protection program aims to protect as many people as possible from the Syrian crisis. The program strives to respond quickly, but has a sustainable impact. The empowerment of girls and women is key to achieving these long-term goals of the protection program, by providing access to resources that encourage and empower women with the skills and confidence necessary to create a healthy living environment and to restore income to their families.

Protection program:

• Strives to empower girls and women.

• It integrates programs through workshops and business development that focus on information exchange, linking technical teams and piloting innovative integration strategies.

• Speed and timing are the key, with major program preparedness plans for any changes in context, as WATAN has strong plans in place, trained staff and established systems.

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