Refugees / IDPs

Jun 19, 2019
Senior Director of Resilient Communities, Randy Lyness spoke at the 2019 InterAction Annual Forum where he represented Global Communities on a panel, Collaborative Lessons Learned from Colombia Displacement Response Applicable to a Venezuela Response. Multiple organizations, including Global Communities, Blumont and Mercy Corps, have decades of experience responding to the internal displacement in Colombia, which has resulted in direct immediate support to over two million IDPs as well as increased capacity of the Government of Colombia to directly provide support.  In recent years, the Venezuelan crisis has compounded the Government’s ability to provide support to vulnerable IDPs, as over a million migrants have fled to Colombia. ... Read more
Jun 14, 2019
A word from David A. Weiss, President and CEO of Global Communities: Our people and partners are truly remarkable. They bring to life our nearly 60 programs in 28 countries. Our people are the ones on the front lines working with some of the most vulnerable populations around the world, and in some of the toughest environments, to help them improve their lives and livelihoods. How do they do it? By bringing to life a combination of our collective technical expertise and our ability to build trust with the people in the communities we serve. In Latin America, our programs in Honduras provide opportunities to youth who are otherwise vulnerable to gang recruitment; they help small farmers... Read more
Jun 06, 2019
Come listen to Director of Program Operations Randy Lyness speak at the 2019 InterAction Annual Forum where he will represent Global Communities on a panel, Collaborative Lessons Learned from Colombia Displacement Response Applicable to a Venezuela Response. Multiple organizations have decades of experience responding to the internal displacement in Colombia, working toward collective impacts in the lives of IDPs and host communities.  In recent years, the Venezuelan crisis has resulted in thousands of refugees fleeing to Colombia. Lyness and practitioners from Bluemont and Mercy Corps will discuss how their collective impacts and lessons in IDP programming are shaping their Venezuela response programs, and Portfolio Growth Manager Sarah Henshaw will moderate the panel. ... 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
Aug 31, 2018
Durreyeh Neqdeli — Committed to Serving Her New Community Young refugee helps bridge the gap between Syrians and Jordanians through community service
Durreyeh (on left) is the first Syrian member of the Community Enhancement Team in her small community in Jordan. Durreyeh 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 siblings, the Neqdelis found refuge in No’aimeh, a small community in Irbid City. They arrived with nothing, but full of hope for a fresh start. Syrian families often face social, psychological and economic challenges as they work to rebuild their lives. The transition was challenging for... Read more
Apr 02, 2018
Five Reasons Why Water Security Matters to Global Security By Franky Li, WASH Technical Advisor for Global Communities  |  This blog originally appeared on Medium. Across the globe, populations face the challenge of growing water scarcity. More than one-fifth of the world’s population — 1.6 billion people — live in areas that are suffering from water scarcity of some type. This includes “physical scarcity,” which means there is a not an adequate volume of water to meet people’s needs, and “economic scarcity,” which results from a lack of investment and proper management of infrastructure. In both cases, whether physical or economic, the situation for most countries... Read more
Sep 21, 2017
Reclaiming their Voices: One Community’s Struggle to Overcome Fear and Build Peace in Rural Colombia Alfonso spent most of his youth living in fear. Twenty years ago when he was just an infant, 16 community leaders in his small village of Pijiguay were massacred by a paramilitary group that publicly crushed their skulls with rocks to terrify the villagers. While it sounds shocking this was not unusual. Pijiguay is located in the Montes de Maria region of Colombia, an area which saw some of the worst violence during the country’s 50-year-long civil war.
The human cost borne by Colombia’s rural communities as the result of decades of civil conflict is massive. Of more than 200,000 victims of the violence, 177,000 were civilians, most of whom lived in poor rural communities. For... 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
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