Protection Program


The protection program works to achieve safety, dignity and peoples' rights.

It aims to reduce exposure to further harm or humiliation and allows for impartial assistance without discrimination or fear of physical or psychological harm.

Activities provide support for issues ranging from psychologically affected children and women, to gender-based violence relief, to mental health referrals.


Protect the human rights and well-being of those affected by conflict by ensuring access to the basics of survival, including food and protection from violence, especially for those in fear of being forced to leave their homes or those who have already been denied access to relief. 




1. Awareness-raising: Building awareness of human rights and support through a comprehensive referral service.

2. Strengthening protection practices: Working to reduce risks and support vulnerable groups.

3. Mainstreaming protection: Improving key implementation of protection and monitoring in all programs.

4. Enhancing community cohesion: Watan has two community centers within Syria for use in community integration and psychosocial and social support.


The first project in the Protection Program was in 2012. It provided psychotherapy to refugee children in Tripoli, Lebanon, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development through the Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID OTI). The program continued until 2013 and supported 3,000 orphans.


Watan's mobile protection teams are available to provide psycho-social support in emergency situations. The mapping tool for health and education services is also used for situations requiring rapid response, to inform internally displaced persons and refugees in terms of the closest service to their new location, with further follow-up of some cases.

Watan's protection program aims to protect as many people as possible from the Syrian crisis. The program strives to respond quickly, but have a sustainable impact.

The empowerment of girls and women is key to achieving these long-term goals of the protection program. Watan achieves this by providing access to resources that encourage and empower women with the skills and confidence necessary to create a healthy living environment and to restore income to their families.

The protection program:

• Strives to empower girls and women.

• Integrates programs through workshops and business development that focus on information exchange, linking technical teams and piloting innovative integration strategies.

• Has an effective rapid response plan with trained staff and established systems.


• Voice for the Voiceless

• Refugee program in Turkey

• Community Centers

• Orphan care