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Continuous Efforts to Integrate Kids with Autism and Down Syndrome into Society

LATTAKIA, (ST) - Better understanding of Down syndrome and autism and early intervention can greatly increase the quality of life for children and adults with this disorder and help them live fulfilling lives.

Civil society associations, which are specialized in taking care of children with autism and Down syndrome in different Syrian provinces, are working hard on ground to be a key partner of the Syrian government as to actively integrate these children into society and meet their special needs.

"Bashaer Al-Nour” civil society in Lattakia province is one of the different non government organizations working in Syria to provide vital therapeutic and psychological services to children with autism and Down syndrome. It was established in 2006 with the approval of Labor and Social Affairs Ministry as a non-profit civil society.

A New Government Gift for the War-Wounded in Homs

Homs, (ST)- A free dental clinic for the war wounded was recently opened by the Syrian Dentists’ Association at the headquarters of the “Steadfast Despite Wounds” Society.

The opening ceremony was attended by Head of Dentists’ Union in Syria Dr. Fadia Deeb, Director of Labor and Social Affairs Directorate in Homs, the head of Dentists’ Union in Homs, the wife of Homs Governor, a large number of dentists in Homs and a number of the wounded.

Dr. Deeb confirmed that this clinic will provide free medical services to the wounded with the presence of specialized dentists and volunteers under the supervision of the Association of Dentists.

On behalf of all the wounded in the governorate, the head and members of the “Steadfast Despite Wounds” Society expressed thanks to the Association of Dentists represented by Dr. Deeb for their great efforts to provide all the necessary medical services in the field of dentistry for the wounded who have offered great sacrifices for the sake of Syria's glory.


Amal Farhat - Homs

Honored Martyrs' Mothers: The Homeland's Peace and Stability Are More Precious than Our Sons' Blood

Marking Mother’s Day, the “Saedaat Souria Al-Kheer” Goup in Lattakia province recently held a ceremony to honor mothers of some Syrian Arab Army martyrs’ from different governorates.

Highlighting the event, the Syriatimes e-newspaper interviewed some of the honored mothers and other participants who all underscored  that the Syrian women have been the symbol of steadfastness, patience and hope, stressing their determination to continue and complete the victories achieved thanks to the martyrs’ sacrifices in defense of the homeland.

Exhibition Showcasing Syrian Women's Creative Skills Held in Lattakia Marking International Women’s Day

Marking International  Woman’s Day, the Modernizing and Activating Women’s Role in Economic Development (MAWRED) Society recently held an exhibition in Lattakia province for handicrafts and traditional industries with the participation of different economic activities from several Syrian provinces.

MAWRED Society, whose headquarter is in Damascus, was established in 2003 with the aim of "developing and reactivating Syrian women’s role in the country's economic development, creating job opportunities for them and empowering them to play an active role in pushing the economic process forward," Mrs. Yasmina Azhari, Head of "MAWRED" said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

Lecture on Syrian Women’s Role in Political Life and Decision-Making Held Marking International Women's Day

 Syrian women, in the past and present, have been considered as the symbol of the homeland and as an example to follow in commitment to principles and values”, Eng. Ghada Al-Assad, a social activist and a former member of the Lattakia Ba’ath Arab Socialist Party branch leadership, said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper on the sidelines of a lecture she recently delivered on “the Importance of Syrian Women’s Role in Political Life and Decision-Making".

Eng. al-Assad, who is also Head of the Technical Office of Water Resources Directorate in Lattakia, delivered the lecture at “The Syrian Rassemblement for Reform and Civil Society Participation” (Tasama) in Lattakia province marking International Women's Day.

The lecturer reviewed the Syrian woman's position in history including in the legends and tales as goddess of war, love and fertility and as a creative spirit over thousands of years. In a later era in history, Eng. al-Assad said, the Syrian woman occupied a glorious position by becoming a queen. For example, Zenobia, the queen of Syria's Palmyra, was example of an ambitious and very brave queen with a strong personality.  Old kingdoms in Syria were also named after some women such as Ebla, Mary, Ugharit and Apamea, and even in religion there was a woman besides every prophet, the lecturer said, pointing out that the Syrian women enjoyed such a significant and respectable status while women in the then Arab Gulf were infanticide.

Home-Based Manufacturing Units Project in Lattakia Aims at Empowering Syrian Rural Women

Syrian rural women play key role in their communities and they are one of the pillars of the Syrian agricultural economy because of their ability to manufacture and produce.

Within the framework of the government's plan to empower Syrian rural women, the Directorate of Agriculture in Lattakia has recently launched the home-based manufacturing units project in province countryside

“This project, which is the first of its kind in Syria, aims at empowering rural women through providing job opportunities, developing their capacities in food production, expanding their knowledge and information on product quality standards. It also aims at helping the women increase their income, by selling competitive products, and at enhancing their ability to market traditional food,” eng. Rabab Wardeh, Head of the Rural Women’s Development Department at the Directorate of Agriculture in Lattakia told the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

Great Efforts Exerted to Support Syrian Youths' Creative Projects

Starting from their believe in the Syrian youths' influential role in society, several  Syrian civil society organizations and scientific parties have spared no effort to strengthen the capacities of creative Syrian youths through embracing a range of their distinguished thoughts, programs and projects to engage effectively in and contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in the country.

These civil and scientific sides continue empowering the Syrian youths and work to turn their  dreams and visions into reality through providing  financial and administrative support as well as training as to guarantee the continuity and positive impacts of these projects.

Within this context,” the Syrian computer society(SCS) in Damascus works hard on ground to help a number of Syrian youths’ projects  come into reality and have developmental impact on ground. Last year, it succeeded in supporting seven projects and is expected to support the same number of projects this year”,  according to eng. Fadwa Murad , Head of the Communication and Information Technology (IT) incubator at the SCS.