In March 2023, thanks to your unwavering support, Action For Humanity proudly welcomed 500 Syrian families into a brand-new village located in the al-Baab district of Northwest Syria.

This village was named in memory of 10-year-old Massa al-Najjar, who tragically lost her life in the February earthquake. Massa was the niece of Yarub al-Asfari, Action For Humanity's Deputy Country Director for Syria, making this village a heartfelt tribute to her memory.

Massa Village has  become a refuge for countless displaced families, offering them secure and comfortable homes. For many who had been forced to endure life in tents, both due to the recent earthquakes and the ongoing conflict, this village represents a significant improvement in their living conditions.

To date, we have already constructed 500 homes as part of this development. As we look ahead, our ambition is to build an additional 1,000 homes, providing shelter for an additional 6,000 people in the upcoming phase, all thanks to your invaluable support.

Join us in our commitment to rebuild Syria, one village and one home at a time. With a donation of £2,500 per family, you can make a profound impact by providing families with a new home. These homes will include two bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, access to electricity, clean water, and all other essential utilities, offering a fresh start and a brighter future for those in need.

The homes constructed in the housing project consist of transitional shelter units designed to provide dignified and durable living conditions for displaced families. While the specific design may vary, these housing units typically include the following features:

Living Space: The housing units provide a designated living space for families, offering protection from the elements and ensuring a sense of privacy and security.

Climate-Resilient Construction: These houses are built to withstand the region's climate challenges, providing insulation against extreme temperatures and weather conditions.

Durable Materials: The construction materials used are selected for their durability and longevity, ensuring that the shelters can withstand wear and tear over an extended period.

Sanitary Facilities and kitchen: Each housing unit comes equipped with washing facilities, toilets, showers, laundry facilities, and a kitchen with electricity so that residents can cook their meals comfortably.

Community Infrastructure: Our villages include communal facilities such as a mosque, a primary healthcare center, a school, and recreational areas to meet the needs of the community.

We have taken the lead in creating sustainable, environmentally-friendly homes for conflict-affected families. The cost of a dignified shelter is equivalent to that of two tents, with a life expectancy of 5-10 years, as per the shelter cluster report. These shelters can be modified and improved, potentially extending their lifespan.

In contrast, standard tents in overcrowded IDP sites of Northwest Syria cost an average of $500–600 USD and require replacement every 6 months. Even higher-quality tents procured by other NGOs for approximately USD $850 are unsuitable for long-term displacement and need replacement after one year. These costs do not account for water and sanitation facilities or site-level infrastructure improvements.

Through our housing project, we have constructed an additional 500 transitional shelter units in al-Bab, Aleppo. The aim is to transfer 500 families from informal camps and plastic shelters to dignified and durable homes. Additionally, the intervention includes:

  • A Mosque capable of accommodating 1,200 worshippers, along with a silo and dome.
  • A Primary Healthcare Centre comprising of 6 consultation rooms, a corridor, and water closet facilities.
  • A School, featuring 10 classrooms, WC facilities, an administration area, and a total capacity of 700 students.
  • A Park and Playground
  • A Market 

If you're interested in donating to projects outside of Syria, our parent charity, Action for Humanity, operates across the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa: