Several times a week, volunteers in Damascus join the volunteers of the Syrian association Saiyar founded four years ago. Here, French and Syrian have the common goal of offering these child-beggars an fleeting escape thanks to playful and sporting activities. Pottery, civic activities, some informal lessons, quiet ball games, dance and crafts, the program has been tailor-made specifically to meet the needs for these street children who seek to carve out an existence in a violent world, which they are not old enough to choose of their own accord, it has been thrust upon them by years of war.
"We are here to give back to these street children a little of the childhood innocence which they never had. We play with them and offer them an alternative to the street through games, education, tenderness, and we try through playful activities to awaken their conscience and hearts to life. Sometimes some of them stop coming because they are needed elsewhere...to work. Sometimes the police take them. We have to wait a few days before seeing them reappear again. For us, volunteers, it’s something we just deal with it."
Testify Pierre-Antoine, volunteer of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient.
By making a donation, you will allow the volunteers of the association in Syria to ensure a permanent presence with children on the streets of Damascus.