Middle East

Apr 15, 2021
A young male uses his personal story to inspire other youth to engage In the city of Shoonah Janoobiyah, to the west of the capital, resides Issa Abu Dhefalla, 22. He faced a life-changing dilemma at a very young age, when he had to choose between taking care of his sick mother or preparing for his senior year at high school. He chose the latter option but stayed beside his mother until her last breath. Though Issa remained strong through this tragic event, he noticed that he had allowed his physical disability affecting his arm to turn him into a shy and invisible person in the community. “I suddenly found myself standing in the same spot for years and not even one step further, as I went from hiding my disabled arm to hiding myself,” Issa said. One day his sister encouraged him to join... Read more
Apr 15, 2021
A lifechanging Facebook post enables female youth to empower women to become financially independent Rama Rababah, 24 year, resides in Zarqa, northeast of the Capital. With a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling and Mental Health from the Hashemite University, Rama’s first encounter with volunteerism took place during her first field semester in college. Following her volunteering in several civil society organizations, local centers and youth initiatives, Rama felt inspired to design her own initiative to become financially independent. However, once the costs exceeded her capacity, Rama started looking for youth-oriented funding, which eventually brought her to the USAID YouthPower Facebook Group. After joining the group and mostly being a silent member in it, she decided to post about her... Read more
Apr 06, 2021
For several decades, Global Communities and PCI, a Global Communities Partner, have taken a comprehensive, integrated approach to health programming. The merger of Global Communities and PCI one year ago coincided with the onset of the pandemic, and its responses are well informed by the rich history in health programming that each organization brought to the merger itself. Our responses to the coronavirus also reinforce the importance of our broader health programming, with an emphasis on social mobilization and health behavior change. The needs brought into focus by COVID-19 have reinforced the importance of our water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming, prioritizing community engagement, strong local partnerships, and long-term sustainability, everywhere we work. Additionally,... Read more
Mar 23, 2021
Since 2009, Global Communities has implemented several WASH projects in response to the protracted crisis in Yemen. Global Communities WASH projects included rehabilitation of public water supply infrastructure, 29 rural community water points, four water points, and two water reservoirs serving 317,408 people in need in addition to rehabilitation of sanitation facilities in five schools benefiting 5,729 students, four water points.  Global Communities' Humanitarian Assistance Yemen 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 30,000 families to purchase critically needed hygiene goods, including soap, and sanitary pads.  The USAID-funded Continued Recovery,... Read more
Mar 23, 2021
A solution was shining down on the community of Jayshan Abyan, Jayshan — As a general rule of thumb, you can survive without water for about three days. In the sun-washed community of Jayshan, this is precisely how long 6,500 people had to wait to get water: once every three days.  Surprisingly, there is plenty of water in Jayshan. The water system flows from a well, drilled 35 years ago, that has not run dry. However, the main problem is the cost of getting this water to people. More specifically, the cost of powering the pump that supplies water to the residents of Jayshan.   When the water system was originally built, a diesel-powered water pump was installed. In Jayshan, diesel is scarce and expensive.  So expensive, in fact, the local committee managing their water system had to cut... 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 08, 2021
The war in Yemen has presented a formidable challenge to health care facilities and maternal health services during the conflict, putting thousands of mothers' lives at risk. The escalating violence and economic hardships prevented many mothers from getting the care they needed; healthcare services plummeted and deteriorated. Hospitals were no longer able to provide and upkeep health services, as the war still profoundly impacted the already pre-existing challenges of Yemen's health care systems. Shortages of fuel and unreliable electricity supply severely impeded health service provisions, as power failures during critical prenatal medical emergencies began to be the norm. Unexpected incidents increased, and the local authorities' responsiveness and capacity to provide essential health... 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
Feb 09, 2021
A talented youth discovers his true capacity and welcomes new opportunities Abdullah Natour, 25, resides in Ras Alin. He earned Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Jerash, and though an architect by education, deep down he always wanted to be a visual storyteller, combining his love for design with his passion for telling stories. Doubtful about his capacities in graphic design and visual production, Abdullah referred to himself as a hobbyist designer. In February 2019, Abdullah joined the USAID YouthPower project and became a facilitator for various learning activities. Following his engagement with the program, Abdullah joined the Filmmaking and Multimedia Learning Club, an informal community-based safe space where youth interested in developing their visual... Read more
Feb 09, 2021
Three female youth engage with local and regional entrepreneurship scene USAID YouthPower, which aims to advance youth engagement with relevant stakeholders for linkages and sustainability purposes, empowered three female youth awardees with in-kind small grants to participate at the virtual International Entrepreneurship Symposium 2020 in November. The grants enabled them to venture further into the entrepreneurial scene. Moreover the youth participation exposed them to further important chances to blend within the job market, and enable them network in a segment that focuses on the digital entrepreneurship. The three female champions hold a common dream, which is to support and grow alongside their peers, so together they embarked on a journey to rise within their communities. Our first... Read more
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