Non-food Items (NFI)

Since SRD was founded in 2011, NFI programming has been a staple programmatic sector of aid distribution for SRD, whether through a stand-alone project or, more often, integrated in projects that also implement programming from other sectors such as Health, Protection and Shelter. Here are some of the various NFI distributions SRD has conducted over the years:

Include items that will promote good health and hygiene, such as soap, detergent, shampoo, toothbrush/toothpaste, diapers and dignity kits (i.e. sanitary napkins)

Include items—such as blankets, mattresses, thermal clothing, coats, rugs, heating fuel, charcoal/firewood and heating units (sobas/space heaters)—that will promote warmth during the cold winter months.

Include household items such as plates and cooking utensils

These are used as a renewable energy source for homes as well as at SRD’s operational facilities in Syria; the panels provide energy during frequent power outages and training local communities of their safe usage and maintenance is part of the project’s successful outcome

These may be specific or multipurpose for beneficiaries to receive food or NFI during programming where items may be purchased, using the vouchers, from designated vendors or distributors

Toward the end of 2016 and early part of 2017, SRD responded to the escalated humanitarian crisis in Aleppo City due to increased conflict. As part of our response, we provided 50,000 vulnerable IDPs in Idleb—many of whom had fled Aleppo for safety—with NFI including baby diapers, blankets, mattresses, towels, kitchen utensils, cookware, solar lamps and plastic tarps.

In the winter months of early 2016, we conducted an emergency distribution of hygiene kits, blankets and mattresses to benefit nearly 9,000 newly-displaced families affected by aerial strikes in Idleb and Aleppo who are living in temporary shelters or accommodations. Additionally, our staff distributed 450 space heaters and over 32,000 liters of heating fuel to address morbidity and mortality rates among 1,624 conflict-affected Syrian IDP households residing in an IDP camp in Idleb.