Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, has also been the worst-hit since the beginning of the Syrian civil war. Subject to constant bombing, Aleppo’s civilians are living under a blockade and suffering severely from a shortage of medical staff, water, electricity and food.

An EIB Institute grant of EUR 3 000 through Coup de Pouce is supporting the Blue Marist Brothers of Aleppo which is helping 75 youngsters to maintain and develop their skills through monthly vocational training sessions.

The grant has also enabled the Brothers to open their gardens five times a week to displaced families so that children can play away from the rubbles on a playground inaugurated in June.

The Marist Brothers is a religious order created in the XIXth century with the goal of educating young people, especially those most neglected. The Blue Marist Brothers of Aleppo were recently awarded the “Premio Internacional Navarra de la Solidaridad” for their work in a zone of armed conflict where they risk their lives to attend to people affected by the war.