Oct 05, 2017
Fact Sheet: WASH in Emergencies Water is essential for a range of day-to-day human needs, including consumption, hygiene and irrigation. In developing countries where clean water may already be scarce, conflicts or natural disasters can devastate water and sanitation infrastructure, and reduce people’s abilities to access this key resource. As a result, contaminated water and poor quality sanitation services can increase the prevalence of diseases and deteriorate hygiene and productivity. Global Communities’ humanitarian Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programs are designed to provide immediate access to clean water and sanitation facilities, while improving hygiene practices and laying the... Read more
Aug 18, 2017
World Humanitarian Day: Beyond the Headlines This article originally appeared on Medium What are the needs in a complex, intractable conflict like Syria? On World Humanitarian Day, Global Communities reflects on some of the needs that conflict-affected populations have in Syria that are not covered in the news. Beyond the immediate essentials of food, medicine, water and shelter, there are millions of Syrians seeking to support their families in a time of instability and danger. Global Communities is assisting displaced people and host communities across the region in the following ways. Agriculture As the conflict in Syria... Read more
Aug 08, 2017
Youth Changing Their Communities In recognition of International Youth Day, we are highlighting young people dedicated to making positive changes in their communities. From Syria to Nicaragua, these young people demonstrate their commitment to helping others, giving voice to the voiceless and making their communities a better place to live. Serving No’aimeh, My New Home: Syrian Refugee Committed to Improving Her New Community
Durieh (on left) is the first Syrian member of the Community Enhancement Team in her small community in Jordan. Durieh Neqdeli is only 25 years old, but she has already experienced a lot. Five years ago her family made the difficult decision to leave their home in Syria and move the family to the safety of Jordan. With her parents and four... Read more
Jun 05, 2017
Beyond Humanitarian Hand-outs: Sowing the Seeds of Food Security in Syria By Dr Anas Al Kaddour, Food Security and Livelihoods Manager, Global Communities  |  This article originally appeared in Thomson Reuters Foundation News. Is it possible in the Syria conflict to move away from immediate humanitarian assistance and into longer-term food security? Is it possible in the Syria conflict for humanitarian responders to look beyond immediate humanitarian assistance into resilience-focused work? It can seem near impossible, especially as public discourse on Syria is dominated by the most violent, besieged areas. But there are areas where international NGOs, donors and Syrian organizations have taken significant... Read more
Mar 20, 2017
Stability and Security in the Syrian Crisis By David Humphries, Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Global Communities  |  This story originally appeared on Medium.
This picture shows two countries: Jordan and Syria. On one side there is peace, on the other side, war. The people of the Governorate of Mafraq, Jordan, live alongside the wall. Shelling occurs periodically on the Syrian side of the border. Nearby, there is the joint processing center, run by the Government of Jordan and UNHCR, where refugees are first registered... Read more
Feb 06, 2017
Global Communities in Lebanon: Our Work with Refugees Global Communities has worked closely with UNHCR to provide for refugees as well as the communities that host them. The Lebanese public health, education and infrastructure systems continue to struggle in providing services to locals and newcomers alike. Hundreds of thousands of individuals go without health care, children don’t go to school, and communities suffer with crumbling infrastructure. Additionally, refugees are often blamed for flooding the job market, thus bringing down wages and shutting others out of jobs. Funded by UNHCR since 2012, Global Communities is providing Shelter, WASH and community support assistance to Syrian refugee families and host communities in Mount Lebanon. Through this project refugee families are... Read more
Feb 02, 2017
Global Communities: Committed to Assisting Refugees Global Communities’ mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe. Today, there are few people more vulnerable than the people affected by the Syrian conflict, the displaced within Syria, the refugees across the region and beyond, and the host communities who receive them, whose public services are stretched to breaking point. Nearby, in Yemen, there are many millions also in desperate need of humanitarian assistance as conflict engulfs that country. We are working in partnership with local NGOs and communities to alleviate human suffering across the region. Since 2014, we have been working with local partners to deliver critically-needed... Read more
Feb 01, 2017
Beyond the Basics: Holistic Humanitarian Assistance for Syrians By Margo Berends  |  This article originally appeared in American Diplomacy. The Syrian conflict continues to tear apart communities, families, lives and livelihoods. Millions have been displaced by the violence, either within Syria or across its borders, and the refugee crisis reverberates across the Middle East, Europe and beyond. While there has been much discussion of the refugee crisis, there has been limited coverage in mainstream American media of the needs of refugees and displaced people beyond the basics. The scale of the crisis is staggering. As of December 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees... Read more
Dec 21, 2016
Agriculture & Food Security Programming Global Communities’ agriculture and food security programs aim to improve livelihoods through increasing agricultural production and sales and enhancing food security for the poor. Our programs target farmers and farmer groups, small and medium agricultural enterprises (SMEs), rural and urban poor, youth, the food-insecure, and other vulnerable populations enabling them to effectively pursue profitable agricultural activities and escape the cycle of poverty. Our work occurs in a variety of situations and settings, including transitional and post-conflict with IDPs and refugees. Read more about our work in agriculture and food security... Read more
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