Project information

Syria Crisis: Skills for Local Aid Workers

We train lifesavers.
10.8m Syrians urgently need aid: that number rises daily.
But most aid workers who are allowed into Syria lack experience and skills.
In response, we will open a training hub, giving lifesavers the skills they need to save lives and helping them to stay safe while they do.

Ongoing

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  • Need

    Need

    After three years of conflict, more than 10.8m Syrians - of a population of 22.4m - are in urgent need of aid.
    Almost 4m people have fled to other states, while almost 7m remain in Syria.
    But only Lebanese aid workers can enter Syria, so the only people able to respond to this massive challenge are dedicated yet inexperienced, committed but untrained in aid delivery.
    And these workers - like everyone in Syria - face life-threatening dangers every day: their lives are at constant risk.

    Solution

    RedR trains lifesavers.
    With more than two decades' experience training aid workers in skills and safety, we are ideally-suited to give people responding to the Syrian crisis the new skills they need to save lives - and stay safe in an ongoing war zone.
    We are already training local aid workers providing aid in Syria. But much more must be done.
    We are raising money to open a training centre in the region, enabling us to train many more people - meeting the urgent needs of a war-torn state.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure aid workers have the skills necessary to provide clean water for drinking and sanitation.

    Activities

    » Send experts to the Middle East OR preferably open a training hub to deliver WASH training for aid workers.

    1 Send trainers/open training hub in Middle East.
    2 Deliver 32 courses across all skill areas per year.
    3 Train at least 480 local aid workers directly, more than 1,000 online.


    Aim 2

    To ensure aid workers have the skills to provide humanitarian aid to people affected by the crisis.

    Activities

    » Send experts to the Middle East OR preferably open a training hub to deliver training in the basics of humanitarian aid work.

    1 Send trainers/open training hub in Middle East.
    2 Deliver 32 courses across all skill areas per year.
    3 Train at least 480 local aid workers directly, more than 1,000 online.


    Aim 3

    To improve safety and security for people providing aid in Syria and to Syrian refugees.

    Activities

    » Send experts to the Middle East OR preferably open a training hub to deliver expert Security and Safety training for aid workers.

    1 Send trainers/open training hub in Middle East.
    2 Deliver 32 courses across all skill areas per year.
    3 Train at least 480 local aid workers directly, more than 1,000 online.


    Aim 4

    To ensure aid workers and organisations have the skills to effectively manage their projects.

    Activities

    » Send experts to the Middle East OR preferably open a training hub to deliver project management training to individuals and organisations.

    1 Send trainers/open training hub in Middle East.
    2 Deliver 32 courses across all skill areas per year.
    3 Train at least 480 local aid workers directly, more than 1,000 online.


    Aim 5

    To ensure aid workers' mental well-being is maintained even under intense pressure.

    Activities

    » Send experts to the Middle East OR preferably open a training hub to deliver staff welfare skills to individuals and organisations.

    1 Send trainers/open training hub in Middle East.
    2 Deliver 32 courses across all skill areas per year.
    3 Train at least 480 local aid workers directly, more than 1,000 online.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our project will send expert trainers to the Middle East, or, even better, set up a staffed regional centre from which we can deliver vital training to aid workers and ensure aid workers have the skills to deliver vital aid to the Syrian people.
    Success would be regarded as the delivery of training - and the delivery of skills to communities by the people we have trained.
    To ensure we are meeting our targets, we will monitor trainee numbers and run post-training interviews and assessments.

    Risk

    The major risk to the project's success would be if only a small number of people attended the training.
    But there is a clear - and urgent - demand. We are providing necessary and requested training.
    And we have been and are continuing to work with locally-based NGOs to let them know what we can offer, and communicate that to others across the region.

    Reporting

    Updates on statistics and achievements will be available on our website, and e-mail updates will be sent to supporters.
    We will also be updating all supporters with our bi-annual magazine and supporter update communications, which will include case studies and statistical information.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £830,000 Training courses Staff and office rental for training courses, M&E and reporting. Year one.
      £830,000 Training courses Staff and office rental for training courses, M&E and reporting. Year two.
      £840,000 Training courses Staff and office rental for training courses, M&E and reporting. Year three.
  • Background

    Location

    The training hub will be located in Gaziantep, Turkey. Training sessions will also take place in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon.
    Each state borders Syria and has experienced significant refugee movements from Syria.
    Each has also experienced poverty, water shortage and/or violence in the past 25 years.
    Lebanon is the only state whose residents are being issued visas to work in Syria.
    Though each state is proud and willing to help, none is capable of providing the necessary response alone.

    Beneficiaries

    Refugees and those requiring aid in Syria: By providing inexperienced aid workers with skills training, we are ensuring that those who need aid, whether water, food, or shelter, are much more likely to receive it. Properly-managed projects delivered by people with appropriate skills are more likely to succeed.
    Aid workers: people delivering aid in Syria are under constant, severe threat. Our security and staff welfare training will help them reduce risk and maintain mental and physical health.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    RedR trains life-savers.
    We have more than 20 years' experience in delivering skills training to aid workers across the world. In 2013, we trained 7,958 aid workers working in 84 different countries, for organisations including Save the Children, Oxfam, Care International and a huge number of local organisations, who shared their skills with local communities.
    Our trainers are on the ground, training those who need it most.
    These things mean no-one is better placed to carry out this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Gill Price

    International Programmes Director. With 23 years' international programme delivery experience, Gill will be central to the project's success.

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