Euphrates Initiative Exhibition of heritage tools and handicrafts was concluded today on Thursday, which was launched by the project ‘Seeds of Love’ and the project ‘Safe Spaces and Girls’ at Mar Asia al-Hakim Center in the city of Raqqa.
The exhibition started its activities at the beginning of this week, by displaying and marketing hand-made products and traditional tools, such as collections of Raqqa old houses belongings and tools for preparing Arabic coffee, in addition to displaying a show for raptors that were living in the wilds of Raqqa.
Samer al-Hamoud, a volunteer at Asia al-Hakim Center, told North-Press that the project Seeds of Love, which lasted for seven months, included training for 18 women in dairy and cheese manufacturing, and 60 trainees in beekeeping, in addition to the distribution of sheep, poultry and white barley seeds to beneficiaries from Raqqa and Tabqah countryside.
‘Seeds of Love’ is a project that was implemented in cooperation between Mar Asia al-Hakim Center and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), while the project ‘Safe Spaces and Girls’ was implemented by Syria Al-Yamama Association with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Mahmoud Abdul Ibrahim, one of the participants in the exhibition, said that he came to the exhibition as a volunteer to equip the heritage section in it, which included a display of the traditional dress for men in Raqqa, in addition to tools for preparing Arabic coffee.
Omar Aloush, a guest who was invited to the exhibition and interested in raising raptors, pointed out that raising raptors is an old Arabic habit, as breeders used to tame and train raptors in hunting rabbits, pigeons, and pterocles.
While Khadija Mohamed, a fitness instructor at Syria Al-Yamama Association, said that the Euphrates initiative exhibition has an excellent success and turnout.
The city of Raqqa witnessed the activities of many relief and humanitarian organizations and societies after the expulsion of the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) in the summer of 2017 in the field of supporting people with small projects, aiming at supporting and helping them to integrate into the society.