A Challenge to Survive

An incredible story of true resilience and resourcefulness.


The incredible resilience and resourcefulness of our local humanitarian partners in Syria never ceases to amaze us — they can achieve a lot with very little. So, when the farming communities of the rural Damascus Governorate of Eastern Ghouta needed an alternative food source, our partners found a solution.

Ghiras Al Nahda developed a way to grow oyster mushrooms under siege, and provide local people with the tools and training needed to cultivate this crop. We then called on the CanDo community to crowdfund a humble £11,508.

These results show how collaborating as a global community has made a real difference to people’s lives in a war zone. A big thanks goes to everyone who got involved!

About Dina Prior

Dina has worked in 28 countries across the globe, often at the front lines of conflicts. Dedicated to supporting first responders, her career has focused on assisting people and communities in most need by providing the ability to become self-reliant.