The Core Program


Local Councils’ Capacity Building Project

Local Councils (LCs) are the central nervous system which serves Syrians on a daily bases and organizes their lives. They are local governments for Syrian cities and villages. In the cities in which they exist, LCs are the main hubs and executors for development and humanitarian projects. LCs are generators of Syria’s future local leaders and expert managers.

The legitimacy of LCs increases as local people get efficient and fair services and order is restored. Eventually, LCs will turn cities and villages in Syria into livable places that will attract refugees back to their home land.

Building the human resource capacity of an LC is at the core of its development. This is a job SEO has decided to undertake. It will involve;

– building the managerial and leadership capacity of an LC,

– developing specialized expertise, and

– promoting democratic governance

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To achieve this goal, we signed agreements with two distinguished specialized Syrian organizations. We are managing this project with our partners: Marifa and Afaq Academy. Our “Beneficiaries” are the Local Councils in Eastern and Western Ghouta and Aleppo, in addition to some civic organizations in these provinces. 


Telemedicine Project

Goal: Improve health care delivery in field hospitals in areas under siege. Doctors in the US are engaged in daily rounds with on call doctors at the intensive care units in field hospitals. They are providing direct patient care, teaching and training.

This project began in February 2015. It has achieved improved patient care and increased levels of education and experience among medical staff.

Currently, SEO is supporting the provision of care to the sickest patients in intensive care units in areas under siege. In addition to direct patient care, one of the major goals of this project is to increase the capacity of local hospitals to deliver better health care.

As a result of the significant improvement in the level of medical training and the establishment of patient management guidelines, the quality of health care delivery has improved remarkably.

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