It has been a year since Dr Rouba Mhaissen, Founder and Director of SAWA for Development and Aid, was presented with a Marsh Award for Peacemaking and Peacekeeping. In this short video, Rouba gives an update on her work in Beirut helping to provide relief, education, medical assistance and livelihoods for Syrians displaced by the civil war.
The award, made at Wilton Park by Karen Pierce, then Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director General Political, has helped to publicise the organisation’s work, and has brought to light ”the sacrifices, pain, and the tragedy happening in Syria over the last six years”.
According to Human Rights Watch, approximately half of school-aged Syrian refugee children are not in school, and many are at risk of abuse, trafficking and child labour. In 2017, SAWA launched new Retention Support Centres, doubling the number of students it previously supported. They provide a holistic approach to education for children, youth and adults, equipping them with basic literacy and numeracy skills, as well as alternative ways of education and psycho-social support. Their work has earned them other prestigious awards, including the Global Centre for Pluralism Award inspired by their commitment and dedication to building a more inclusive society.
Wilton Park is very proud to support SAWA and wishes Rouba and the organisation continued success in their efforts to facilitate access for formal education to Syrian children.