May 2014

Building healthier communities in a time of crisis


By Vivian Tou’meh, Syrian Arab Red Crescent Abeer is pleased to be one of the hygiene promotion team: “I enjoy this work; especially I am in direct contact with people who need support and awareness raising in their daily life inside temporary shelters”, Abeer has seen tremendous change in people’s practices over the past month, “Those people have improved their hygiene and sanitation practices including washing hands after using the bathroom and before food preparation”. Abeer numerous responsibilities at SARC Tartous branch as a Hygiene promotion coordinator include conducting session discussions on safe hygiene and sanitation practices inside shelters for IDPs… Read More »


Volunteers who leave their real lives and professions to commit all their time to volunteering


by Vivian Tou’meh Abeer Shaker is a volunteer who decided to live separately from her family and join the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). Abeer, 28, has a degree from Damascus University, and she first volunteered with SARC at the beginning of the crisis. The crisis itself was the reason for her to take part in the humanitarian operation. “I know what it is like to be away from home. After almost a year of volunteering I had to travel to Germany because my family fled the war in Syria. I travelled for a short period of time and faced… Read More »


World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day: Syrian Arab Red Crescent Volunteers on the Frontlines


Amid the deteriorating humanitarian situation, Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteers remain active on frontlines across Syria. Together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), volunteers continue to defy the challenges faced in delivering neutral and impartial humanitarian assistance to millions of people in need. Since the onset of the conflict and until today, SARC suffered the loss of 34 volunteers who died in the line of duty. Tens of volunteers were also wounded, as was the case during the month of April in Homs. Nevertheless,… Read More »


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