Syria’s economic situation has deteriorated. The deterioration of social service infrastructure, depletion of markets, and rise in poverty and unemployment have greatly minimized income-generating opportunities. More than 50% of Syrians live in extreme poverty, on less than $1.90 a day. WFP estimates that 12 million Syrians are now grappling with food insecurity. That is more than half the population and 51 percent more than in 2019.

To help people support their livelihoods, SRD developed a capacity-building project. The restoration of wells in Southern Syria will help meet the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) demands of locals and farmers. Farmers are provided with seeds, equipment, and administrative support in order to assist them in generating a more steady income. Families in need receive help in creating gardens so they can grow their own food, and building relationships with local markets where they could sell their produce. 

SRD also fixes damaged water irrigation systems and conducts workshops on budgeting, finance, and irrigation management for members of the neighborhood community council.