“I have been able to re-establish the children’s centre I had dreamt of. We call it ‘Home of Hope’ and we offer educational, recreational and psychosocial support for children. “We have trained over 250 teachers and hired psychotherapists to offer psychosocial support to hundreds of children affected by poverty, depression, and fear. We have a small playground, called the ‘happiness corner’ but the facilities are indoors to keep our children safe from bombing,” says Nadya. Nadya painted bright pictures all over the walls. “I want the centre to be an inspiring place for children to learn.
A place where they can heal and forget what is happening outside. You have to understand that we are under siege and have suffered immensely. “Life has become so difficult because even the basic necessities are scarce or too expensive. The price of a kilo of sugar has increased more than 10 times. People are so poor they search for food in the rubble,” she says pointing beyond the centre’s gates. Nadya has been deeply affected by the devastation that has unfolded in her country. But she is determined to stay and give the next generation a brighter future. We must not forget Nadya and the millions like her trying to stabilise Syria. It is the one investment no one can dispute.
Nadya is a former headmistress turned activist from rural Damascus. She started her own education centre for war affected children from Mleha.