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Christmas Gifts or Christmas Trees… Could a Childhood's Dream Come True after 50 Years…

He returned to Syria his homeland after 50 years of living abroad only to plant a few trees in his childhood garden, and ended by establishing a League called "Friends of Sebki Park League". Syriatimes met this remarkable person, Mr. Tahseen El Fakir, a Syrian expatriate, who has lived in Sweden for 50 years, and has returned back to his homeland to realize his childhood dream. This is a special time and these are holy days when all the trees are decorated for the Christmas season, but as well as a representation of the tree of life and resurrection and birth of Jesus Christ, the prophet of peace and compassion, whose cradle was the Levantine. Yes, in those days dreams came true here in the cradle of the religion of peace.

Bazaar (You have the right to talk) markets handicrafts

Damascus, (ST) - Bazaar (You have the right to talk) which aims at promoting  awareness of gender discrimination  held by Nada Development Association in Khan Asaad Pasha in Damascus finished its activities.

The two-day bazaar, which gathered more than 75 people from Damascus, its countryside, Tartous, and As-Suwayda, who  were mostly women, featured a set of handicrafts, including crochet, embroidery, accessories, and the manufacture of sweets with the aim of giving the participants an opportunity to market their goods.


Deputy Chairman of the Association’s Board of Directors, Mai Al-Abrash, explained that the association provides support to those who wish to enter the labor market through vocational training courses within its centers in the Mazzeh, Ghazlaniyyah, Saburah and Zabadani areas, as well as providing financial grants to implement small projects within a program launched in cooperation with the High Commissioner for Refugees since 2013.

Najah Kharita said that bazaar gave her a chance to do a training course in her house in sewing and remodeling of old clothes.

A training course entitled "the basics of child protection"

Protecting children from danger is a social and a humanitarian duty. So, Humanitarian Support Project in Syrian Arab Red Crescent Lattakia branch implemented an activity entitled "social committee sessions."

Through the training, the participants knew about SARC work, the services of the Community Center and its departments in general, the definition of "the Convention of the Rights of the Child", the meaning of the word "protection" as precaution and response, as well as the dangers that face children.

Everyone on the social committee presented projects which focused on what they have learnt throughout the training, and they were very informative. All this was expressed by the committee through a big mural decorated by drawings and writings related to the training.

Lama Razzouk

Christmas in Syria …. The Land of Peace and Love

Christmas time is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year in Syria. Though Syria is home to a population of different sects and it’s a wonderful thing to see the Christmas spirit alive and well in homes across the country.

“Life Makers” Library for Children with Cancer in Lattakia

 Children with cancer, wherever they live in the world , should have equal access to the best possible treatment and care because children with cancer face unique challenges and adjustment.

The opening of the “ Life Makers" library at the Oncology department in Tishreen University Hospital in Lattakia province is the second and final stage of the “Mena and Fina “ project that was launched by the Junior Chamber International JCI in Latakia last September in cooperation with a large number of NGOs and state establishments.

The humanitarian initiative, which is the first of its kind in the province, forms a glimmer of hope that alleviates the pain of children with cancer and supports their treatment process in general.

Damascene rose ... a tale of perfume and heritage

In its inclusion on the list of intangible human heritage ... the Damascene rose ...is  a tale of perfume and heritage.

The Damascene rose was found in the Middle East, thousands of years ago, where it dates back to before BC, and Ibn Sina was the first to discover the aromatic benefit of the rose and the first to start extracting essential oil from the Damascene rose since the eleventh century AD.

Its oil is the most expensive in the world.

Christmas in Homs

This Christmas tree is not in Europe or in America, but in a country that has been ravaged by terrorism for 10 years. Al- Hawash – Al- Nadarah Valley-Homs

Amal Farhat