Providing a safety 'net' for Syrian women in Lebanon
A Syrian woman adds a float to a fishing net, as part of a project to help refugees earn an income in Lebanon.
Learning how to knit fishing nets might not seem the most urgent priority for refugees who fled Syria’s civil war, yet the International Rescue Committee believes that providing the essential tools to help people to find work is a vital way to help them support themselves.
The women also learn how to finish nets by sewing weights and floats to them. The nets are then ready for sale to local fishermen. There’s certainly an art to the craft; it takes months of practice to become expert. Once fully trained it is possible for one woman to knit a 100-meter or 300 foot long fishing net in just three hours.
The UK has now committed over £1.1 billion to help those affected by the conflict in Syria - our largest ever response to a humanitarian crisis.
In addition to livelihoods projects like this one, UK funding is providing support including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people - people who have been affected by the fighting but are still inside Syria and those who have fled the country and become refugees in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
Picture: Russell Watkins/DFID