Three months ago, the People's Municipality of Raqqa launched a community support program, including the "Fund of People Good", which aims to provide monthly salaries for poor families, according to the number of family members.
The lowest salary earned by poor families amounts to 25,000 Syrian pounds, in addition to providing food aid, clothing, milk for children and fuel for heating, providing the necessary medical expenses for the sick, and providing free travel for those who need treatment outside of Raqqa.
The number of families benefiting from the Community Support Program in Raqqa up to the time of preparing the report reached more than 300 families, while the program's administrators overlook the existence of personal proofs for those in need of assistance taking into account the circumstances of the displaced families or the residents of Raqqa due to the loss of such credentials.
Mustafa Bozan, the head of the Supply and Bakery Department in the People's Municipality in Raqqa explained to North-Press that among the assistance provided within the Community Support Program is bread, which is distributed to the people in need for free, according to the number of family members via special cards.
He added that they are providing assistance for poor people, needy and the families who have no breadwinner in Raqqa that have suffered greatly as a result of the war.
The administration at the Women’s Office in People's Municipality in Raqqa, Awatef al-Essa said that the Community Support Program was launched because the Municipality is a service institution and in direct contact with all social groups in Raqqa.
Al-Essa added that they noticed the presence of many poor families in the city of Raqqa as a result of the war, noting that they had coordinated with the offices of Public Relations and Women in the People's Municipality in Raqqa and with many donors, mainly the owners of amperes generators to collect money and donations and give them to those in need.
A committee has been formed from the owners of amperes generators and from the offices of Public Relations and Women to allocate an office within the municipality, where the citizen who needs help registers his name and address in the municipality so that the committee visits his house and assesses his financial and living status.
In this context, the administration in the Women’s Office in the People's Municipality in Raqqa indicated that they make periodic visits to these families for two days each week, and they have coordinated with the bus station in Raqqa to secure travel expenses for those who cannot be treated in Raqqa.
Meanwhile, a person in Raqqa donated 400 thousand Syrian pounds, where the committee coordinated with SADCOP Company and purchased fuel for more than fifty families after the Company cooperated with them by granting the fuel at a low costs, according to al-Essa.
Al-Essa said: "As a result of the poverty caused by the war, we found many children of these families who have become beggars, out of school, or they are working in professions that are not appropriate for their age, in order to secure the livelihood for their families.”
She also explained that the goal of the Community Support Program is to protect members of society from begging, poverty and backwardness, noting that at the beginning of their work in the Community Support Program the amounts of money they collected from donors were very simple.
After the Community Support Program received credibility and became well-known in Raqqa, good amounts of money were donated through which the municipality was able to secure winter requirements for many families, some of them had no bed to sleep on, or windows or doors to protect them from the cold of winter.
According to al-Essa, many poor families in Raqqa did not benefit from the aid provided by civil society organizations in Raqqa because their mechanism of work is based on the need for personal proofs, which deprived many of the poor from the assistance, while the Community Support Program does not require the presence of personal credentials for those in need, and it provides assistance regardless whether the needy are from Raqqa or from other IDPs families.