CASH Assistance

Within its participation in the national campaign for emergency humanitarian response due to COVID-19 pandemic, and based on its national and social responsibility in providing the necessary assistance to the community, St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC) provided 400 families with cash assistance in Damascus and Rural Damascus. The distribution of the cash assistance was conducted according to the health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including regular sterilization of distribution site, social distancing, wearing facemasks, and hand sanitizers.


Health Care Services in Patriarchal Zakka ǀ Aiwas clinic

Patriarchal Zakka ǀ Awas clinic continues to treat kidney disease and kidney failure by providing health care services from washing sessions – almost free medicine programs Food programs and psychological care,in cooperation with Aramaic Relief International , the authority was able to add a new specialized device to the clinic to increase the capacity and develop the service for patients.

With the support of partners, the EPDC is keen continuous expansion in the field of health care, especially in light of the health crisis the world is going through today.



Vocational training – First Step Center-Bloudan

As part of the ongoing work to support the Syrian society and people, and within its programs of early recovery and livelihood (ER&L)/ vocational training, St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC) conducted a closing ceremony for the women participating in hair-dressing training. The ceremony took place at the First Step Center-Bloudan and included distributing hairdressing tool kits to the women as a start to launch their professions.


English language Course – first step Center – Bloudan

starting on the correlation that the most job opportunities are related to mastering the English language, the first step Center in Bloudan continues to raise the capabilities of young people and adolescents to use the English language either verbally or in writing and reading, by following the latest Educational series in addition to encouraging students to participate in various activities such as writing their questions on cards or presentation .. And other interactive activities based on training and conclusion in order to increase the interaction between them and the teacher and consolidate their ideas and information.


Rehabilitating Wells and Water Resources

In Daraa governorate, a lot  of residents buy water tanks because the amount of water through the network is insufficient to meet their needs. Therefore, the sanitation and water teams in St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee worked on rehabilitating a number of wells to access  water to the population through pumping stations And water networks. The total number of beneficiaries is 27,700 people.




Open day at the “First Step Center – Bloudan”

With the aim of introducing interactive educational technologies and employing them in building up micro-projects and service applications, the “First Step Center – Bloudan” in cooperation with the Syrian Information Society organized an open day event that included many activities aimed at teaching children and young people on how to install an electronic circuit in a way commensurate with their age group, the basic concepts of programing and logic, how to use the Ordino Panel and the build     ing of applications and technical projects in addition to the presentation of basic concepts in computer science without the need to use the computer itself in a funny and wonderful dialogue way.

A project to rehabilitate drinking water sources

In order to secure the access of drinking water from the boreholes to the affected families houses through the drinking water network in different areas of Daraa governorate, EPDC has launched a project to rehabilitate drinking water sources from boreholes and pumping station in Daraa, in the villages of : (Inkhil , Jasim , Bouser Al Harir, Tarek Al Sadd).
By suppling and installing of all required electrical and mechanical equipment’s for the operation of the boreholes to ensure the pumping of drinking water through the networks to 60,000 Beneficiaries approximately in the targeted villages.




Opening of the “child friendly space “

“We aim is to make each child feel safe” his holiness Mor Ignatius Ephrem ii.

His speech has taken place at the opening of the “child friendly space ” of St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC) in the sector of peace building and social initiates.

The opening was attended by His holiness Bishop Timothaous Mattah Alkhoury, the vice Patriarch in Damascus and the general manager of EPDC , and Mr. Shadi Sarweh the Executive Director of the committee, with the participation of the employees and volunteers.

His holiness also added: “The center work to help the children to heal from the negative effects of the crisis, focusing on Education as one of the most important right that they lost during the war”.

Bishop Mattah Alkhoury talked about the importance of the CFS that is a continuation of EPDC work in the development sector, targeting children this time by offering the psychological support and education for them.

This project comes as one of the development projects by EPDC that aims to help Syrians to recover from the crisis effect, where the center will work within main sectors (psychosocial support, informal Education and creative activities).



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EPDC hosted a member of the European Parliament

St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee hosted Mr. Lars Adaktusson a member of the European Parliament and the Swedish Christian Democrats Party on the sidelines of his visit to his Holiness Mor Ignatius Ephrem II.

The General Manager of the committee the Patriarchal Visor Mor Themothy Matta Al Khoury welcomed Mr. Lars and the entourage in the committee’s headquarter in Damascus – Babsharki.

Mr. Shadi Sarweh, the Executive Director, introduced the guests to EPDC programs and projects, then accompanied the guests on field visits to the EPDC Early recovery and Livelihoods projects in Jaramana, Damascus Rural.



Opening of the workshops of “My profession is My life” Project

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II stated: “It is better to teach someone how to fish than to give him a fish.”

His Holiness’ statement came during the opening of the workshops of “My profession is My life” Project in Jaramana. This is one of many ‘early recovery’ and ‘restoration of livelihood’ projects which is executed by EPDC and St. Jacob Baradeus Church in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). It aims at providing new job opportunities to 65 families that are gravely affected by the crisis in Syria. The project is divided into two workshops: the first produces quilts, pillows and blankets while the other is for diverse wool products used for winter clothes and accessories.

The opening was attended by their Eminences Archbishops Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Assistant and General Manager of EPDC, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Secretary and Financial Manager of EPDC, along with Very Rev. Raban Cyril Babi, Very Rev. Raban Barsom Kando, Parish priest of St. Jacob Baradeus Church and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, as well as Mr. Shady Sarweh, Executive Director of EPDC and other staff, volunteers and a number of families of the area.

His Holiness was given a tour of the premises and was introduced to the different stages of production. He met with the workers and assured them that the project is their own and it is a new beginning for them that allows them to rely on themselves. He added that the production of this workshop will be distributed to families affected by the crisis and to the needy families.

It is worth mentioning that this project is part of a series of projects undertaken by EPDC about ‘early recovery’ and ‘restoration of livelihood’ programs. The first project was: “Keep it clean” which provided 100 job opportunities and aimed at improving health and hygiene conditions in the suburbs of Damascus.

As part of its plans to expand the framework of its humanitarian response and its relief work which include the majority of Syrian areas, EPDC took the initiative of distributing food parcels to families in Bludan, in collaboration with local civil society.

This project is among several projects executed by EPDC to promote the Syrian citizen’s ability to respond to the crisis and to support their efforts to stay in their country Syria.