Sep 24, 2021
While the conflict in Syria has lasted more than a decade, protection risks remain high across the country and have been heightened by the coronavirus pandemic. With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA), Global Communities is currently implementing Response Operations for the Syria Emergency III (ROSE III) program across Northern Syria. The ROSE III program includes child protection activities, prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV) and psychosocial support for community-based protection through a combination of static facilities (safe spaces) and mobile protection teams. Global Communities operates six Child-Friendly Spaces, two Youth Empowerment Centers and four GBV Centers under the program. These... Read more
May 28, 2021
A more than ten-year-long crisis in Syria has affected the country’s entire population. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed and millions have been displaced, fleeing to avoid the fighting. Displaced families make up two-thirds of the population of Northwest Syria. According to the 2020 Humanitarian Needs Overview, more than 9 million people are food insecure across Syria, and 3.7 million of them live in Northwest Syria. In response, Global Communities meets the immediate needs of vulnerable families with the objective of increasing food security in Northern Syria. Since 2019 Global Communities has supported vulnerable families by distributing food baskets, ready-to-eat rations, bread and kitchen garden kits, and by assisting... Read more
Mar 15, 2021
The decade of armed conflict in Syria resulted in some 6.7 million internally displaced persons and at least another 5.0 million Syrians who have sought shelter in other countries as refugees. Global Communities began providing humanitarian assistance in Syria in 2014 and cross-border operations are now based in Gaziantep, Turkey for northwest Syria and Iraq for northeast Syria. Our approach goes beyond handing out goods. We engage with communities and Syrian organizations in the region to help Syrians fleeing their homes to cope with the enormous demographic shifts that have taken place, adapt to their new lives and livelihoods, and build resilience. We provide protection to the most vulnerable in this crisis wherever they shelter for now. The following is a commentary on one of the most... Read more
Mar 02, 2021
The Path Forward is a CSIS Humanitarian Agenda series of reflections from humanitarian organizations on the challenges in food security, disrupted health systems, humanitarian access, civilian protection, and, ultimately, recovery for the Syrian people. Protection Challenges for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Northern Syria Repeated displacements, a lack of safe options for return, overcrowded and unsafe settlements, and a lack of protective institutions represent some of the concerns that continue to make it difficult for many in Syria to find safety. While more than one-third of internally displaced families have been displaced more than three times, displacement has slowed because there is simply nowhere to... Read more
Dec 09, 2020
This Human Rights Day, Global Communities is actively working to help protect vulnerable populations around the world, particularly in Syria, where after six long years, individuals are still displaced by the millions. The resulting refugee crisis is the largest in history, and Global Communities is responding to the needs of refugees and the displaced across the region – not only in Syria, but in Iraq, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon as well. We provide... Read more
Apr 04, 2020
Global Communities has been implementing WASH programming in Syria since 2016, with support from OFDA and UNOCHA. Our work focuses on the provision of basic WASH services to a large cluster of formal camps in northwest Syria, reaching 153,000 individuals with water system maintenance, sanitation services, and water trucking. Every day we provide 3.6 million liters of potable water to camp residents, via trucking and through water networks, which is the equivalent to 25 liters of potable water per person per day. Our programs have also improved hygiene practices in the camp through the distribution of 43,639 hygiene kits, and 500 community waste bins. Electronic vouchers have enabled nearly 14,000 families to purchase critically -needed hygiene goods.
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Apr 04, 2020
Our efforts around COVID-19 leverage strong collaborative relationships with communities and their leaders where we work to encourage positive, healthy behaviors and support local and national governments to coordinate and roll out locally-led responses. Global Communities is exploring how best to expand our existing humanitarian programming in Syria to respond to COVID-19. Through funding from USAID/OFDA, Global Communities is already providing essential water, sanitation, and hygiene services to the Atmeh camp cluster, which is home to approximately 154,000 displaced Syrians.  To ensure that the camp population is ready for a potential COVID-19 outbreak, we have provided our staff with protective equipment (masks, gloves, hand sanitizer). We are also increasing water trucking services... Read more
Sep 20, 2018
EVENT: Agriculture in Syria—Building Resilience amid Conflict Since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, Syria has encountered severe land degradation due to climate change and protracted violence. As agriculture is one the main drivers of the Syrian economy, communities have been struggling to survive and as many as 6.5 million Syrians have been left food insecure and another 4 million are at risk of becoming food insecure. Global Communities’ report, "Resilience through Humanitarian Assistance: Agriculture in the Syria Conflict," demonstrates how coupling immediate assistance and longer-term support has helped Syrians maintain their land, their livelihoods and their food security despite the ongoing war. While... Read more
Sep 05, 2018
Biogas for Better Access to Energy and Livelihood Rural villages in northern Syria are facing severe energy crises due to damaged infrastructure, fuel scarcity, and the poor quality and high price of fuels available. All this leads to a lack of power generation, greatly affecting people’s lives. Recent fuel shortages in Idleb have led to an unavailability and unaffordability of this critical commodity for Syrians living in the area. Through the Biogas for Better Access to Energy and Livelihood program, Global Communities is equipping 250 families with the materials and knowledge needed to produce biogas at the household level, enabling them to cook, light and heat their homes using a sustainable fuel source. This innovative... Read more
Jun 07, 2018
Publication: Resilience through Humanitarian Assistance: Agriculture in the Syria Conflict Global Communities has been responding to the Syrian conflict since 2013. In that time, we have sought to address food insecurity with solutions that can potentially bridge an emergency response with more long-term, post-conflict recovery. Between 2014 and March 2018 we provided agricultural assistance as well as livestock and livelihoods support to a population of more than 83,000 individuals in opposition-held northwest Syria. Building on these experiences, we believe it is useful to share our perspectives, as well as those of other organizations working in this space, in an effort to answer this complex... Read more
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