The destruction Raqqa province was exposed to over the past years has significantly impacted its infrastructure and the basic services in the city, leading local and international organizations as well as local government bodies to intensify efforts to restore these services.
To support those efforts, the Support Center launched a small grant program with the name of Father Paolo Community Grant, aiming to support small-scale community projects that help to rehabilitate the infrastructure and provide better services for the local community. The Center helped the organizations it incubates to develop and implement a number of small-scale community projects under the supervision of the Center staff and a group of experts in the different domains.
During the previous years of 2018 – 2019 – 2020 – 2022, those small grants represented an opportunity for the partner organizations to apply the skills and knowledge they gained during the incubation program, as those organizations implemented more than 35 service and humanitarian projects that included campaigns to raise awareness of thalassemia and diabetes in children, a campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer and kidney failure, a project to raise awareness about early marriage, and another one to apply modern teaching methodologies in schools, not to mention other small projects that had a great impact on the lives and well-being of the people of Raqqa.
Those projects created jobs for hundreds of men and women, in addition to their sustainable impact in promoting civic participation and volunteering among the people of Raqqa.
The projects were selected based on the needs of the local community, the work field of the organization, and the location of its operations. The organizations selected their projects and developed the proposals with the support of the Center trainers and implemented them according to plan.