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Syrian Civil Society: A closing door report

This report seeks to give a truer view of Syrian civil society, giving a voice to people who have often been mentioned only as a footnote to atrocities, as aid workers killed in a shelling, or vilified as terrorists in the narratives of the government and its allies. Since March 2011, Syria has experienced one of the bloodiest and cruellest conflicts of recent times. Hundreds of thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands more injured.  But while these grim figures have been repeated in the western media frequently, less often told is the story of the Syrians who did everything in their power to counter this.  Against the backdrop of conflict arose an active Syrian civil society – Syrians on the ground who, more often than not, had no previous experience in this sector. Syrians who came from a society whose government allowed no space for civil society to grow: and yet it did. But as civil society’s space is being squeezed worldwide, to grasp the potential for Syrian civil society we must act now. The door is already closing and it will slam shut, returning the country to the pre-2011 hostile environment where civil society groups faced being shut down and their members and volunteers risked being arrested or imprisoned if they were perceived to challenge the state. This report is an appeal and a challenge. Will the international community support the Syrians who recognise the difficulty of the task they face?

Cyclone Idai Appeal presentation

Share this with your church to raise awareness.

Prayer for those affected by Cyclone Idai

A prayer for all communities affected.

Harvest church magazine article

Use this in your church magazine or Diocesan newsletter.

Harvest toolkit: assembly PowerPoint - Welsh

A slideshow to accompany the Harvest assembly.

Harvest toolkit: assembly - Welsh

Use this to introduce your pupils to Agar in Ethiopia - whose family is using solar power for the good of their health and the climate.

Harvest toolkit: collective worship ideas - Welsh

A few ideas to explore during whole school or class collective worship – including sunflower templates to cut out and colour in!

Harvest toolkit: assembly PowerPoint - English

A slideshow to accompany the Harvest assembly.

Harvest toolkit: assembly - English

Use this to introduce your pupils to Agar in Ethiopia - whose family is using solar power for the good of their health and the climate.

Harvest film

Aster and some powerful women in Ethiopia are using solar energy to lift themselves out of poverty. Find out how your church can stand by their side.

Harvest all-age talk

Use these fun ideas when leading sessions in your church.

From Traditional Birth Attendants to "Mother Companions"

Case studies from Christian Aid's UK Aid Match (UKAM) project in Malawi. How traditional birth attendants (TBAs) are being retrained to ensure mother's can access skilled care.

Stories of change from Karonga District

Christian Aid and our partners in Malawi are implementing a three year UK Aid Match (UKAM) project to improve maternal, neonatal and child health outcomes.

Enhancing Communites' Resilience (ECRP) in Malawi - final report

An report from the ECRP programme in Malawi - it's impact, opportunities for improvement, barriers to success and guidance for future resilience programmes.