SARC Stories

Wajdi al-Qak- a volunteer with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent- Rural Damascus branch

My Name is Wajdi al-Qak. I have been a volunteer with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent since 2012. During the first workshop with SARC, one of the trainers asked me, ’why you want to volunteer’? I remember that I answered without thinking; I want to wear the red clothes and be a first aide. We follow the first aid basics that we have been trained in during all cases. We see many people but one of those who I cannot forget is a woman who unable to move after an explosion happened beside her house and she was living alone.We… Read More »

Yaser Laqmoush, a volunteer with Syrian Arab Red Crescent – Idleb branch

My name is Yaser Laqmoush, I have been working with the first aid team Idlib for one year. Due to the current circumstances and the large number of accidents around the country and especially in my area I applied to volunteer at the SARC-Idelb branch within the first aid team. One day I received a phone call to transfer one of the injuries due to mortar shells. The injury was so serious – a 16 year-old young lady – she needed a blood transfusion from the national hospital and then to go on to the SARC hospital in Idleb. She… Read More »

Alaa Jarboa, a volunteer with Syrian Arab Red Crescent of Swaida branch

My name is Alaa Jarboa and I’ve been a volunteer with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent since 2008. I am the leader of the first aid squads in Sweida branch. I chose to work in first aid as it gives me the ability to help people and save many lives, and puts me in direct contact with injured people. The feeling when you help some one is so hard to describe but it is special. One of the most cases that affected me deeply me was a 20-day-old infant who was in a coma because she had my ocardialischemia when… Read More »

Bringing healthcare right into the community

By Viviane Tou’meh and Penny Sims in Syria When the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Mobile Health Unit arrives in Ghuzlaniyah, children run around the vehicle greeting the volunteers with shouts of pleasure. Men and women from the neighbourhood, situated 20 kilometres east of Damascus, start to form queues. The queues are long – before the crisis, this village housed 3,000 families. Now another 10,000 families have come here. “This mobile health unit visits the village three times a week, and provides medical consultations for over 120 patients in each visit and sometimes we see as many as 150 patients”, says… Read More »

Water provision leads to better humanitarian access in Syria’s most isolated communities

By Viviane Tou’meh, SARC Ahmad Mayen al-Ali is a civil engineer specialising in water provision for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent I started my work at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in 2005.  I was working with other SARC volunteers, receiving and registering Iraqi refugees and distributing relief items to them. In 2006, thousands of Lebanese nationals came to Syria as a result of the war. We responded to their needs by providing a range of services such as food parcels, first aid, psychosocial support, water and sanitation, as well as hygiene promotion services. After the beginning of the conflict in… Read More »

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