Dec 06, 2016
When One Door Closes, Another Opens: Syrian Entrepreneurs Creating New Economic Opportunities in Jordan The Alwis Brothers Co. was established in Syria in 1935 as a small family business that produced glucose. By 1994, their factory had become the largest producer of glucose and starch in the region, and the owners expanded with new factories into Egypt and Lebanon. In 2011, as a result of the civil war, the Alwis Brothers were forced to close their factory in Syria. They moved to Jordan and established a new business there focusing on food trading and industries.  Seeing a gap in the Jordanian market, they decided to build a factory to produce glucose and starch that can be used in the paper and cardboard, food, and chemical manufacturing. There is currently no specialized factory that... Read more
Dec 02, 2016
Light of Hope in the Middle of the Crisis: Solar Power to Light Up Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan  The Azraq camp for Syrian refugees will be the first refugee camp in the world to be powered by clean energy. Established in April 2014, the Azraq camp is home to more than 50,000 Syrian refugees and had been relying on diesel generators for electrical power. The camp is jointly run by UNHCR and the Government of Jordan and located in a remote stretch of desert some 50 miles from the Jordan–Syria border. The Jordanian government has been a strong proponent for expanding the renewable energy sector to take advantage of the country’s vast open spaces and has set a target of increasing the renewable energy contribution of its electrical needs from 4% to 15% by 2020. The Azraq camp presented the... Read more
Sep 19, 2016
InterAction Announces $1.2 Billion Refugee And Humanitarian Assistance Pledge Group of 31 international NGOs commit over $1 billion in private resources to help address global refugee crisis over the next three years. WASHINGTON – InterAction – the largest U.S. alliance of international nongovernmental organizations—announced a commitment today by 31 of its members* to collectively invest over $1.2 billion in private resources on global humanitarian assistance efforts over the next three years. The pledge announcement comes in advance of President Barack Obama's Sept. 20 Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. Global leaders present at the summit are also expected to make new and significant pledges to help address the global refugee crisis. According to the UN refugee agency,... Read more
Sep 15, 2016
Global Communities: Education Portfolio Global Communities has worked in education throughout the developing world focusing on issues of access, community engagement, and empowering at-risk youth. Our education work can be organized under five main themes: 1. Vocational education to equip youth to productively participate in the economy;
2. Civic education to increase young people’s capacity to participate in democratic processes;
3. Health education to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and support of WASH to promote safe sanitation;
4. Psycho-social support to treat youth who have been exposed to trauma and violence; and
5. Construction to increase access to education. Read more about our... Read more
Aug 17, 2016
Hosting the Syrian Crisis: A Jordanian Community Gets a Lifeline Global Communities has been partnering with US Government in Jordan to support communities under stress through the USAID Community Engagement Program (USAID CEP). Working with communities, local organizations, municipal governments and the private sector, USAID CEP builds cohesion and enhances the resilience of communities to address evolving challenges associated with Syrian refugee crisis and regional volatility. Learn more about how USAID is working with local communities to address the some of most pressing challenges in Jordan. Hosting the Syrian Crisis by USAID publications... Read more
May 23, 2016
Syria's Crisis: Helping Families Survive in War-torn Areas By Pia Wanek, Director of Humanitarian Assistance, Global Communities
A Syrian refugee uses an ATM card given by UNHCR to withdraw money in Lebanon. The United Nations promotes cash transfers as a preferred form of assistance when markets and contexts allow. Photo by: A. McConnell/UNHCR This article orginally appeared in Devex. In a humanitarian crisis, the image of emergency aid is often one of distribution: boxes of food, blankets and other staples being flung off of flatbeds into outstretched hands. Yet as the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, emerging evidence suggests that the most effective... Read more
May 05, 2016
Cash-based Response Feasibility Assessment in Northern Syria As the conflict in Syria extends beyond the fourth year, there is need for a widespread humanitarian response focused on urban areas that addresses humanitarian needs and promotes resilience for the 13.5 million people in need of protection and humanitarian assistance within Syria. The majority of humanitarian assistance both in Syria and worldwide is provided as in-kind aid. However, over the past decade a transition has occurred and cash-based approaches, including both conditional and unconditional cash-transfers and voucher programs, are becoming increasingly common. The cash-based response within Syria to date is small when... Read more
Sep 25, 2015
Global Communities Assists Internally Displaced Syrians, Refugees and Host Communities During Syrian Humanitarian Crisis
Global Communities staff oversees unloading of agricultural inputs to support families in Northern Syria. Since the start of the war in Syria more than four and a half years ago, 11.7 million Syrians have fled brutal violence, including more than four million who have crossed into Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq . These four million are among the nearly 18.1 million refugees around the world who often live without their basic needs being met, such as sufficient food, medical care, and shelter. Global Communities has been responding to the current crisis since early 2013 by supporting local farmers and providing shelter improvement kits to Syrians who... Read more
Sep 23, 2015
Refugees Find Safe Haven in Refugee Camp Outside Beirut
Two Syrian refugee women sit outside their makeshift home in Ketermaya, Lebanon. Six families reside on this property relying on the generosity of the landowner and support from UNHCR and Global Communities. Ketermaya, Lebanon, one hour from Beirut, is steps away from the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, and it is also home to six refugee families from Syria who literally have nowhere else to go. The land is owned by Mr. Ali Tafesh, who charges them nothing, because they have nothing. Most of the people there can’t work because of longtime disabilities or wounds of war, or because they don’t have working papers. But the majority are too young to work anyway – they have been orphaned or abandoned and now play with anything they... Read more
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