Vocational Training and Infrastructure Rehabilitation in Azaz

As an active member of the Early Recovery Cluster, Roia in partnership with other local NGOs, namely Bonyan, URC and Sons of War is responsible to facilitate two pilot projects in Azaz. The project is part of the UN Syria Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). The innovation dimension introduced by UNDP is to prioritise data collection and analysis. The aim is to provide solid data and information to the Cluster member NGOs to design better livelihood and early recovery projects in the future humanitarian response.

Responding to local needs as defined in a pre-treatment market assessment, this pilot project consists of the design and delivery of locally requested vocational services.

Together with a local training institution, Roia is providing vocational training sessions in sewing and tailoring for local beneficiaries in Azaz. Tailoring was mentioned as main gap in the local market most by consumers, with women consumers in particular complaining about tailoring products being low quality.

With this vocational training, Roia aims to increase competition between firms in Azaz’s tailoring sector and generate increases in product quality.

Responding to a dire need for rehabilitation of basic (social and economic) infrastructure, this pilot project consists of the rehabilitation of two centres. Our project design involves furnishing these buildings and equipping them with solar power facilities and laptops.

Roia is rehabilitating two buildings and turn them into functioning community centres: one that was previously a cultural centre located near the city centre; and one located within the Aleppo University campus. The main objective of this rehabilitation project is to improve the capacity of civil society by providing a space for training sessions and workshops. Rehabilitation efforts enable the conference rooms in the buildings to become usable for civil society organisations and the wider community.

The costs of the rehabilitation are planned to be covered by the subsequent renting of the facilities, with additional subsequent rent being accrued to the Planning Commission of the Interim Government.