The Protection program works to achieve safety, dignity and the rights of people. It aims to reduce further exposure to harm or humiliation and allows access to impartial assistance without discrimination or fear of physical or psychological harm.  Activities offer support for issues ranging from psychologically affected children and women, gender based violence to mental health referrals.

Program Mission:

Safeguarding the rights and well-being of people affected by conflicts, by ensuring access to basics for survival- from food, to protection from violence, fear of being forced from their homes or being denied access to relief. Also by creating the environment to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Promoting awareness:

On topics of human rights and available support using a comprehensive referral service.

  •  Enhance the protection practices:
  • Working on reducing the risks and supporting vulnerable groups.
  1. Protection mainstreaming: 

Improve the protection mainstream implementation and monitoring across all programs.

  1. Enhance community coherence:

WATAN’s two community centres located inside Syria to be used to integrate communities and provide Psycho-Social Support (PSS).

WATAN Program History:

WATAN’s first project in the protection program, in 2012 offered Psychological treatment for child refugees in Tripoli, Lebanon in partnership with USAID through the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). The program continued in the same year through to 2013, to provide support to 3,000 orphans.  

WATAN Program Philosophy and Differentiators:

WATAN’s protection mobile teams are readily available to provide Psycho-Social Support (PSS) sessions in cases of emergencies. A service mapping tool for health and educational services is also used for situations in need for rapid response, to inform IDP’s and refugees of where the nearest service is to their new location, with further follow-up for some cases.

WATAN’s protection program aims to safeguard as many of the affected by the Syrian crisis as possible. The program strives to respond rapidly, but have a sustainable impact. Empowering girls and women is key in these long-term goals of the protection program, by giving access to resources, which encourages and empowers women with the skills and confidence necessary to creating a healthy living environment and regaining an income for her family.

The protection program:

  • Strives for girl and women empowerment.
  • It integrates programs through workshops and business development that focuses on information sharing, linking technical teams and piloting innovative integration strategies
  • The speed and timeliness are key, with preparedness plans for key programs other changes in context, as WATAN has solid plans in place, trained staff and established systems.

WATAN projects:

  • Voice for the Voiceless
  • Turkey’s Refugee Program
  • Community Centres
  • Orphan Sponsorships

Overall numbers and graphs:

2012- 875 beneficiaries

2013- 11,000 beneficiaries

2014- 7,993 beneficiaries

2015- 13,466 beneficiaries

2016- 11,913 beneficiaries

Total accumulative number of beneficiaries: 45,247 beneficiaries

Locations of intervention: 


  • Rural Idleb, Rural Hasaka and Ghouta
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