Jul 14, 2014
Aid Agencies Hail Unprecedented UN Vote as Potential Lifeline for Syrians Diplomatic breakthrough must translate into action on the ground  A UN Security Council resolution passed today, which directly authorizes the delivery of aid to Syrians across borders and conflict lines, is a diplomatic breakthrough that must translate into real change on the ground, according to a coalition of 34 non-governmental organisations (NGOs). With nearly 11m Syrian people in need, and the humanitarian situation worsening by the day, the commendable progress made in New York after weeks of negotiation “must now lead to a massive increase in aid to those who need it”, says a joint statement released by the organisations, including Oxfam, Save the Children and the Norwegian Refugee Council. “This new... Read more
Jun 25, 2014
World Refugee Day 2014: Supporting Families and Communities Lebanon: Aida's Story
Aida stands with her family in front of their newly installed windows. Aida al Sooreeya is one of the one million registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon and for the past two years she has focused on creating a safer life for her family. She fled Damascus with her husband and children when the fighting in Syria became too intense. Leaving behind their home and all that they knew, they settled in the Lebanese town of Keteramaya and began the slow process of putting their life back together. The first step was to find somewhere to call home. Refugee camps are illegal in Lebanon so Syrians rely on apartments, community centers, and Lebanese families for places to live. The steady influx of refugees over... Read more
Jun 19, 2014
Global Communities Supports Displaced Populations on World Refugee Day Global Communities regularly assists displaced individuals around the world and recognizes them on World Refugee Day on June 20, 2014. Providing for immediate needs such as food and shelter, as well as longer-term needs like permanent housing, education and job placement, Global Communities works closely with partners on the ground to support refugees as well as the communities that host them. Below are some of the projects we work on to support individuals affected by various forms of upheaval around the world. Jordan With a small domestic population of 6.5 million,... Read more
May 22, 2014
Global Communities Testifies at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the Humanitarian Crisis in Syria Yesterday Pia Wanek, Global Communities' Director of Humanitarian Assistance, spoke at the U.S. House of Representatives Middle East Subcommittee Hearing on Syrian Refugees, along with representatives from Save the Children, CARE International, Mercy Corps and SAMS. Subcommittee Chairman Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen opened the proceedings with an overview of alarming situation in Syria. More than 150,000 people have been killed, 3 million Syrian refugees are residing in neighboring countries, 6.5 million Syrians are internally displaced and an estimated 10 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. Those impacted most by the crisis are women and children. You can read... Read more
May 14, 2014
Syrian Refugee Crisis: Rapid Needs Assessment in Lebanon Global Communities serves as an active implementing partner for UNHCR in providing shelter and WASH assistance to Lebanon’s Mt Lebanon governorate. This update is part of Global Communities’ effort to assess, monitor and share information related to the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis in Mt Lebanon. In partnership with the Development People and Nature’s Association (DPNA), Global Communities carried out 12 focus groups in Aley and Chouf districts, representing 113 individuals-- 66% of total respondents were female. Questions focused on shelter, WASH, livelihoods, education and protection needs. The findings in this update are illustrative of the needs... Read more
Mar 11, 2014
CEOs from Largest U.S.-Based Global NGO Alliance Call for Immediate, Unfettered Humanitarian Access in Syria Third anniversary of Syria war on March 15 ignites global #WithSyria campaign to end the bloodshed and meet dire needs of civilians WASHINGTON, DC—Fifty-two CEOs of major international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have signed on to a statement calling on all parties to the Syrian conflict to "immediately allow and facilitate unfettered humanitarian access throughout Syria" in response to what has become the biggest humanitarian crisis of our day. The statement was organized by InterAction – the largest alliance of U.S.-based global humanitarian and development NGOs. "The scale of the Syria crisis continues to increase exponentially," reads the... Read more
Feb 20, 2014
Syria's Refugee Children Need Education, Lest They Become a Lost Generation By Lauren Pucci, Humanitarian Assistance Officer  This article originally appeared in the Global Post.
A Syrian refugee family now living in an abandoned school bus next to a busy highway outside of Beruit. BERUIT – Nelson Mandela once said there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. When kids are living in school buses instead of riding them to school, it’s time to reevaluate. Syrian refugee children are enduring an unimaginable crisis. Traumatized by war and separated from their families,... Read more
Dec 12, 2013
Syrian Refugee Crisis: Rapid Needs Assessment Report in Lebanon Executive Summary
In response to the continued Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, Global Communities’ Office of Humanitarian Assistance conducted a Rapid Needs Assessment in Mt Lebanon’s Chouf, Baabda and Aley districts to better understand the level of vulnerability of Syrian refugees and Lebanese host communities. The assessment utilized a combination of survey instruments, focus group discussions, key informant interviews and field observations. Interviews included local and national Lebanese government officials, Lebanese organizations and international relief agencies. The Assessment targeted Syrian refugees and Lebanese... Read more
Nov 08, 2013
Helping the Hosts – Meeting Grass-Roots Needs in Jordan By David Weiss, President and CEO, Global Communities This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post
A Syrian refugee on in outskirts of Ramtha, Jordan looks north into Syria. Imagine if the entire population of your nearest neighboring town or city suddenly moved to where you live, nearly doubling the population. Think about some of the challenges you and your community would face in terms of your access to public services, schooling, jobs and social services. In the United States, we have the recent memory of the displacement caused by Hurricane Katrina and the stress it placed on host communities... Read more
Jan 22, 2013
Support Global Communities in Syria The conflict in Syria continues with ever worse impacts on communities within Syria and among refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. Global Communities is an organization deeply invested in the Middle East, with around 1,000 staff in the region. Our people are seeing the devastation and instability caused by the conflict, and the humanitarian crisis unfolding every day. Global Communities has been providing assistance to communities affected by the conflict in Syria since August, 2012. In Syria, through local partners, we have implemented in Aleppo and Damascus a host family assistance project, providing 250 families with emergency kits (including items such as blankets, kitchen... Read more
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