ZOA currently works with crisis affected communities in Quneitra, Rural Damascus, Dara’a, Latakia, Aleppo and Al Hasakeh. Our activities are targeted at internally displaced persons (IDPs), host communities and returnees. ZOA always seeks to reach the most vulnerable groups, which are often women, children, elderly, female headed households, persons with disabilities and IDPs. We focus on WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), food security & livelihoods, shelter/NFI and education.
ZOA has been active in Syria since 2015. Before establishing an office in-country, ZOA worked through local partners to reach people in need. ZOA Syria was registered in Syria in 2019 with an office located in Damascus. Since then we have been reaching out to the most vulnerable people through direct implementation as well as working with international and local partners. ZOA gives priority to three specific themes i.e. conflict sensitivity, gender and protection.
After the violent earthquakes in Syria, ZOA's emergency relief team came into action immediately. In the disaster area, our aid workers help with the most urgent items, such as shelter and warm clothing. Victims are often best helped with cash assistance. This way they can buy what they need most. As soon as the situation allows for it, ZOA also supports in building back basic services, such as water networks and schools.