Local Community Empowerment
The Local Development and Small-Projects Support (LDSPS) office was founded in August 2013 by a group of LCC (Local Coordination Committees) activists.
LDSPS started in a pilot region of Syria, Eastern Ghouta (the Eastern part of Rural Damascus), with the objective of helping the local population in the areas free of regime control into taking charge of their future and restoring their livelihood while continuing their struggle for Freedom, Dignity and Justice.
Four months after the creation of LDSPS, four of its founding members, Razan Zeitouneh, Samira Al-Khalil, Wael Hamadeh and Nazem Hamady were abducted from their home office in Douma by an unidentified armed group. Douma is the major city of Eastern Ghouta.
While the fate of our four colleagues is still unknown, our team, with the important contribution of members of the Syrian Non-Violence Movement, has taken a vow to continue the action that we launched together and to develop LDSPS to the level of performance that would make them proud at their liberation.
This first activity report, which comes 24 months after the creation of LDSPS and 20 months after the abduction of our colleagues, summarizes our teamwork and explains our vision and mission.
In these 24 months, LDSPS has received more than 100 projects for a total value of more than $10M. The LDSPS team chose to support 59 projects amounting to $4M, 36 of which are already funded (with a total value of $2.1M).
LDSPS is now in its second phase of development and seeks to become a local community foundation supporting the grassroots values of the Syrian Revolution (Freedom, Dignity and Justice) through the effective work with the local population. After the pilot region of Eastern Ghouta, LDSPS intends to expand to other regions in Syria with its vision and two years experience in one of the hardest-to-reach areas of Syria, which has been under siege by the regime forces for more than two years.
To read the full report Here