Shelter and Food Emergency Response II & III


Relieving food insecurity, meeting shelter needs, and promoting agency for displaced populations






USAID, Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance

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The Shelter and Food Emergency Response Phase II & III (SAFER II & III) program works to improve the quality of life of people affected by conflict living in the Al-Hasakeh, Ar-Raqqa, and Deir ez-Zor governorates in northeast Syria. SAFER II activities bridge work from the SAFER program (2021-2022), Syria Emergency Food Security Program (SEFSP, 2014-2021), and the Supporting Internally Displaced Persons Settlements (SIS, 2018-2021) program.

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Strengthening Food Security

SAFER II activities promote household- and community-level food security. We provide high-quality, locally or regionally sourced flour to local bakeries to make fresh bread daily. This bread is distributed at camps and informal shelters, free of charge, and sold to host communities at subsidized prices.

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We provide monthly supplementary vouchers for food-insecure households in host communities to improve access to diverse, nutritious foods. Vouchers help families save money for other essential needs, such as healthcare, and contribute to the local economy.

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Addressing Humanitarian Needs

Since 2018, we provide emergency humanitarian support for conflict-affected internally displaced people and refugees living in formal and informal settlements in northeast Syria. Teams coordinate with camp administrators, local authorities, and other humanitarian actors to address urgent needs and respond to gaps, ensuring an equitable provision of services.

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Prioritizing dignified living spaces, we maintain sewage and solid waste systems while following disaster risk reduction guidelines and promoting hygiene awareness. To support maintenance and repair activities, Blumont hires daily laborers from the camp population, creating economic opportunities for residents. Our team also distributes heaters, cooking fuel, and other household items in formal and informal settlements in response to emerging needs.

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Engaging Communities and Building Cohesion

Our teams help residents build connections amidst displacement. We engage communities in decision-making and participation to promote accountability and representation. Committees and inclusive activities provide opportunities for residents to learn, develop leadership skills, and have a voice in their community. Efforts focus on improving the representation of the most vulnerable, including youth, women, people with disabilities, minority groups, and the elderly.