Partner: Ghiras Al Nahda

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Ghiras Al Nahda

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    Project in progress

    The local humanitarian organisation is now using the funds it has raised to provide crucial on-the-ground support to local communities.

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    Another successful project

    Thanks! Your kind support has helped this local humanitarian organisation to reduce suffering and save lives in a war-torn community.

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A challenge to survive

In the rural areas near Damascus people are starving. Help give these communities the tools to ensure their own food security one mushroom at a time. When they can grow their own food, they can grow their own future.
  • goal of

    £11,508

  • Expired on

    04/09/2017

funds raised

    • 130%

    • (£14,941)

Yes! We did it! Thank you.

for the community of

Eastern Ghouta, Syria

Story

معلومات الحملة بالغة العربية إضغط هنا

We are Ghiras Al Nahda, a group of Syrian humanitarians working to educate people living in besieged Eastern Ghouta region of rural Damascus to grow edible mushrooms at home as a lifesaving source of food.

Under siege since 2013, the area has been subject to continuous shelling with locals unable to leave the area. Limited supplies of food is able to reach inhabitants, and there is no access to fresh produce or sources of protein. As a result people are suffering from severe malnutrition and starvation.

A group of young friends living in the area felt that they had to take action and find edible fresh food themselves. One of the young men, Ahmad had seen some mushrooms randomly growing in the area and remembering the old Syrian saying “mushrooms are a poor man's meat” they decided to bring the idea forward to us to grow mushrooms. 

Mushrooms contain the highest amount of protein of all vegetables, with dried mushrooms containing as much as veal. They are a good source of vitamin B and complex carbohydrates for energy. Growing mushrooms is also low maintenance and quick.

However, the region is not traditionally associated with mushroom growing, so in order to ensure the success of the programme, together with Nwat Centre for Scientific Studies, we spent three years researching and developing a growing kit and optimised for the region. Our programme has provided vital sustenance to 1200 people since 2015.

Why we need funding?

To build on the success of our research and spread our self-sustainable model in which a wider proportion of the community has access to mushrooms in their daily diet.

To enable our trained staff of mycologists, biologists and technicians to deliver 3-day mushroom growing workshops to 75 school teachers and 60 unemployed men and women so they can provide food for their family and neighbours. Each trainee will leave with a mushroom-growing toolkit which includes the mushroom spawns for them to grow in the homes and 1 kg of edible mushrooms as a gift.

Our team will also provide ongoing support to the trainees via face to face visits and over WhatsApp to ensure the success of each individual's’ crop.

This project will support 135 families and help feed over 800 of the most vulnerable people in Syria.

 

Furthermore we will educate growers in ways to market and sell mushrooms in the event that surplus crop is production beyond what is needed for local consumption. This will provide the local community with a way to generate income.

We need your support to help make this project a success, please contribute to our campaign.

As an organisation we do not have any other access to direct funding, that is why crowdfunding is incredibly important for us in order to raise money quickly for essential health projects. Because of this lack of direct funding, if we do not reach our fundraising target the project cannot go ahead - we simply do not have any other method to ‘top-up’ to the budget required. For more info on this - please see CanDo’s FAQs ‘What is all-or-nothing crowdfunding?’ and ‘What happens if a campaign doesn’t reach its target?’ 

Please support us however you can.

Thank you. 

 

#Survive_challenge

 

Learn more about Ghiras Al Nahda

 

 

قصة

كان مشروعنا حُلماً ..... مع الإيمان و العزيمة صار الحُلم واقعاً...

 

بدأنا العمل بمشروعنا أوائل العام 2014 في الغوطة الشرقية، حين تواصل معنا مجموعة من الشباب الأكادميين يطلبون أن نقف إلى جانبهم ليحققوا حلمهم في استنبات بذور الفطر لكي يساهموا في تخفيف آثار الحصار المفروض على أهل الغوطة

 

"الفطر هو لحم الفقراء" يردد أحمد (المدير العلمي لمركز نواة للدراسات العلمية) هذه العبارة في كل مرة نتحدث فيها عن ضرورة إيجاد وسيلة لتعويض النقص الحاصل في مصادر البروتين من اللحوم و غيرها بسبب الحصار

 

جهود جبارة بُذلت؛ و تحديات كثيرة تعرض لها المشروع، كان أبرزها

 

*                 رحلات استكشافية في غابات الغوطة للبحث عن سلالات من الفطر لإجراء الدراسات عليها في المختبر

*                 السهر لساعات طوال في المختبر لدراسة العيّنات و المحاولة استنبات البذور

*                 احتراق المختبر عدة مرات ومن ثم إعادة ترميمه

*                 اخفاقات متكررة في الأبحاث

*                 نزوح كادر المختبر من منطقة لأخرى بسبب اشتداد القصف و اضطرارهم لنقل معداتهم معهم ليتابعوا أبحاثهم

*                 شح في الموارد و غلاء في أسعارها

*                 قلّة من المتبرعين من كان يؤمن أن دعم الأبحاث العلمية لا تقل أهمية عن دعم الاحتياجات الطارئة للمتضررين من الحرب السورية

 

أخيراً... بعد عام و نصف من الأبحاث المستمرة استطاع هؤلاء الشباب أن يستنبتوا بذور الفطر فانتقلوا إلى مرحلة زراعته ضمن ظروف مناسبة في أقبية الغوطة الشرقية لتنجح الزراعة أيضاً بعد عدة حالات من الإخفاق يتعلمون من كل حالة إخفاق درساً جديداً يطورون به تجربتهم

 

 

بعد نجاح زراعة الفطر في الأقبية، رغبنا أن نطور العمل بالتنسيق مع هؤلاء الشباب إلى أن ننقل الزراعة إلى بيوت الأهالي في الغوطة الشرقية، لكي يزرع كل بيت من الفطر ما يكون له مصدر اكتفاءٍ ذاتي و من ثم أن يكون مصدراً للدخل. و بحمد الله نجحنا بهمة منقطعة النظير من شباب مركز نواة للدراسات أن ننقل ثقافة زراعة الفطر إلى 500 بيت من بيوت الغوطة. زرعوا بأيديهم بدعم علمي من المركز و بدعم مادي من غراس النهضة

 

مشروعنا اليوم هو استمرار للحُلم الذي غدا حقيقةً. فمن خلال مشروع "تحدي البقاء" نهدف إلى إقامة ورشات عمل نظرية تطبيقية مستهدفين شريحة جديدة من العائلات المتضررة في الغوطة الشرقية نعلمهم من خلالها أفضل الممارسات لزراعة الفطر، و ما هي الشروط المناسبة لزراعته، ما هي الامراض التي قد تصيبه و كيفية الوقاية منها و علاجها، يقوم على الإشراف على هذه الورشات متخصصون من مركز نواة للدراسات العلمية ممن عايشوا التجربة من بدايتها. سيحصل كل مشارك عند نهاية الورشات على مجموعة من مستلزمات زراعة الفطر بالاضافة إلى بذور جاهزة للزراعة مع كتيب للارشادات. عدد المستهدفين من الورشات التعليمية 165 أسرة في المرحلة الأولى

 

بإمكانك أن تكون شريكاً معنا في هذه النجاح من خلال مساهمتك بالتبرع

 بدعمكم نأمل أن نصل إلى هدفنا

 

Our budget

 

£5,727

Project field staff

 

£1,858

IT equipment

 

£426

Stationary & training material

 

£348

Transportation

 

£940

Mushroom spawns

 

£157

Trainee gift - Edible Mushroom

 

£1,107

Exchange rate & transfer fees

 

£946

Core costs

 

£11,508

Grand Total

Updates

17/10/2018

29/01/2018

Finally, our project has been successfully completed!

Thanks to the great contributions of the CanDo community, our project has been successfully completed! We worked with 160 trainees - 18% women 82% men, including some elderly participants. Although the security situation during the project implementation phase was horrible including an extreme escalation by Syrian regime forces in Eastern Ghouta, our field team managed to achieve the campaign goals helping to provide people with food with high protein value (the mushroom) in the most dangerous place to live in the world.

09/10/2017

Project implementation has started

To our valuable supporters, we are pleased to share that our project to train our community in mushroom growing has now started in Eastern Ghouta. We are starting the theoretical and practical training course for 180 people in our community on how to grow mushrooms as a sustainable fresh source of food. Thank you for making this project possible. We will update you throughout the project.

21/08/2017

**good news, match funding opportnity**

To our valuable supporters We just want to notify you that we have agreed with CanDo team to extend the deadline of our campaign for two weeks; until Sept 4th, 2017 whilst we explore the match funding opportunity. It is really a great chance for us to be able to get the campaign fully funded. This is the only way we will be able to implement our unique project and help our people produce food themselves. We still need your support by sharing the campaign as widely as you can. THANK YOU

08/08/2017

Let's reach the goal!

Let's reach the goal!

28/07/2017

Keep going. You are doing

Keep going. You are doing great work

10/07/2017

Campaign Started

Comments

Comments

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 29/01/2018 - 10:39

Thanks to the great contributions of the CanDo community, our project has been successfully completed!
We worked with 160 trainees - 18% women 82% men, including some elderly participants.
Although the security situation during the project implementation phase was horrible including an extreme escalation by Syrian regime forces in Eastern Ghouta, our field team managed to achieve the campaign goals helping to provide people with food with high protein value (the mushroom) in the most dangerous place to live in the world.

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 09/10/2017 - 11:05

To our valuable supporters, we are pleased to share that our project to train our community in mushroom growing has now started in Eastern Ghouta. We are starting the theoretical and practical training course for 180 people in our community on how to grow mushrooms as a sustainable fresh source of food.
Thank you for making this project possible. We will update you throughout the project.

Thu, 31/08/2017 - 16:29

Thank you!

Dina Newton-Edwards's picture
Wed, 30/08/2017 - 23:35

Pleased to be able to offer help to the people to grow food.

Yasmyn Rybak-Rajewski's picture
Tue, 29/08/2017 - 13:39

Genius campaign :)

Tue, 29/08/2017 - 01:41

May Allah help you to achieve your target and reward your efforts.

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 04:13

I saw Rola Hallam on the Daily Show and was inspired to help.

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 03:43

God bless you all

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 04:28

May God be with you and help each of you in this difficult situation.

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 10:18

Food security is a basic human right.

Tue, 22/08/2017 - 18:58

What a wonderful idea and such perseverance! Love that it's vegan, supports those needing food and is empowering!

Tue, 22/08/2017 - 09:08

What a fantastic idea.

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 21/08/2017 - 17:08

To our valuable supporters
We just want to notify you that we have agreed with CanDo team to extend the deadline of our campaign for two weeks; until Sept 4th, 2017 whilst we explore the match funding opportunity.

It is really a great chance for us to be able to get the campaign fully funded. This is the only way we will be able to implement our unique project and help our people produce food themselves.
We still need your support by sharing the campaign as widely as you can. THANK YOU

Mon, 21/08/2017 - 15:14

I think this is a smart & sustainable project to provide for our most important need--food security.

Mon, 21/08/2017 - 07:57

Happy world humanitarian day :)

Mon, 21/08/2017 - 02:54

Great initiative!

Judith Emanuel's picture
Thu, 17/08/2017 - 15:53

Because I like the hope involved with growing things even in such a difficult situation

Tue, 15/08/2017 - 21:43

Food is a basic human right!

Sun, 13/08/2017 - 22:12

I support you all and am so proud to send money to this what you are doing. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Fri, 11/08/2017 - 19:38

I love this innovative Spirit. God bless you all

Wed, 09/08/2017 - 08:45

A very innovative way to secure food and ensure the community is sustainable - really admire your hard work and dedication despite all the obstacles!

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Fri, 11/08/2017 - 11:55

Thank you Masa indeed.

Wed, 09/08/2017 - 00:56

Food security can change lives, not simply in the terms of survival, but in the terms of self-worth and psychological health, problems I have faced.

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Fri, 11/08/2017 - 12:01

Thank you for your valuable notice and your support. Actually one of our aims in this campaign is to achieve self-worth.

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 23:26

Let's reach the goal!

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Fri, 11/08/2017 - 12:01

Hopefully yes.

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 18:28

This is the worst ongoing humanitarian crisis for the 21st Century. Those kids deserve better future

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 01:24

I saw Dr Hallam on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and was deeply moved by her determination in the face of such a daunting situation in Syria.

Sun, 06/08/2017 - 17:26

I'm supporting because I don't know what else to do.

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 21:08

Your support means a lot to the besieged people. Thank you too much

Sat, 05/08/2017 - 15:30

i believe

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 21:10

We also believe in your support.

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 04:53

I love and grow mushrooms and wish you all the best with this great source of nutrition.

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 21:13

Thank you indeed. We need your help to share the initiative with as much candoers as you can.

Thu, 03/08/2017 - 17:11

Brilliant solution! Thank you for your work!

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 21:24

Thank you very much for your support!
Salah from Ghiras AL Nahda

Thu, 03/08/2017 - 02:15

great project to fight hunger

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 21:27

Our greatest aim is to help people starving from hunger how to still survive. Thank you for your support.
Salah from Ghiras Al Nahda team.

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 21:30

What you're doing is amazing.

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 21:32

Thank you for encouraging us!

Tue, 01/08/2017 - 15:44

Thank you, CanDo, for your life-saving efforts and for this opportunity to contribute.

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 21:52

Thank you for your support!

Tue, 01/08/2017 - 07:30

This is an incredible campaign, please continue to think creatively to help the people of Syria.

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 21:57

We need your support to share the campaign with as much people as you can. Thank you indeed!

Sat, 29/07/2017 - 15:07

Because it is the right thing to do and because we need to help

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 21:58

We appreciate your contribution!

Sat, 29/07/2017 - 13:22

great idea!

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 21:59

Thank you!

Sat, 29/07/2017 - 07:13

Mushrooms are a great food, thank you for helping people learn to grow them.

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 22:01

Thank you too!

Sat, 29/07/2017 - 03:24

I try to do as much good as i can in this world. but with so much happening a lot of times it feels as if there is no impact. But i still keep trying.

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 22:04

I believe that we have to keep trying. Thank you for your honest words!

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Fri, 28/07/2017 - 11:26

Keep going. You are doing great work

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 00:40

This gift is in honor of Senna (a Syrian American), a friend of my daughters while growing up in Tulsa, OK, Thank you for your friendship.

Salah Aldeen Ibraheem's picture
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 22:05

it is too kind from you. Thanks a lot!

Thu, 27/07/2017 - 21:00

Thanks for what you're doing. The world needs you!

Thu, 27/07/2017 - 16:53

I feel so badly for the Syrian people. Helping them grow mushrooms sounds like a wonderful plan!

Thu, 27/07/2017 - 14:29

Food is essential for life I have grown oyster mushrooms myself and always marvel when they erupt

Thu, 27/07/2017 - 06:45

Nobody should starve.

Thu, 27/07/2017 - 03:05

I love food and I can't imagine ever going without it. I think this is such a simple yet intelligent way to get food to people.

Thu, 27/07/2017 - 02:28

This is an incredible program. No one should have to go hungry

Wed, 26/07/2017 - 21:19

I like that this is locally controlled and goes directly to the people. Inspired by courage and determination of the Syrian people in the face of such hardship.

Wed, 26/07/2017 - 20:55

I saw Dr. Rola Hallam on the Daily Show and was impressed by these brilliant solutions, so I am taking her suggestion for how to help in a way that is impactful

Wed, 26/07/2017 - 19:05

I saw your presentation on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah and wanted to contribute.

Alexandra Nichitean's picture
Wed, 26/07/2017 - 17:25

Thank you for the great work you do!

Lubna Omar's picture
Wed, 26/07/2017 - 14:35

I am from Syria!

Wed, 26/07/2017 - 09:31

I spent two years as a volunteer and know that getting locals involved is the best way of succeeding. Good luck and may your god go with you.

Wed, 26/07/2017 - 08:34

You are in our prayers.

Brigitte Reed's picture
Wed, 26/07/2017 - 05:26

Heard about this through The Daily Show. It sounds like a wonderful idea! I wish you the best of luck.

Majd Bayyaa's picture
Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:07

I believe in sustainable growth in war devastated zones - its the way of life and people need to learn more on how to rely on growing their own food to survive

Mon, 10/07/2017 - 21:50

As a keen cook, nutrition is important to me

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