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Syria has been in the grip of a brutal conflict for nearly six years.

Every day, film and photographs coming out of the country testify to the toll the war is taking: entire towns reduced to rubble, families shattered, and irrevocable physical and psychological damage inflicted on Syria’s citizens.  

RedR has been supporting the NGOs and aid workers responding to the crisis since 2013. To date, we have trained almost 1,500 local and international aid workers  operating inside Syria and across the region.

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Ayat Al-Khateeb is one of them. She and her family left Damascus in 2012. She now lives in Jordan, where she works as a Programme Manager with the NGO Response for Needs. This year, she attended RedR’s management and leadership training as part of ‘Context’, a nine-month professional development scheme.

'Response for Needs implements food distribution and shelter rehabilitation projects inside Syria. It’s a very new organisation, but we now have six members of staff in Jordan and five inside Syria, all of whom I manage. The team don’t have a lot of experience yet, and as their manager, I have to ensure they’re equipped to do their jobs safely and effectively. Over the past few weeks, I have been training them in the guidelines and standards I learnt as part of Context, including the humanitarian principles and the technical water and sanitation standards outlined in the Sphere manual.

We are the local capacities; all these guidelines and standards are for us. The power is in our hands, because we are the ones who are dealing immediately with the beneficiaries. At the centre of our work are the communities that we have to reach, the people who are most in need.'

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'The power is in our hands, because we are the ones who are dealing immediately with the beneficiaries. It’s very important for organisations to give this training to the local staff. At the centre of our work are the communities that we have to reach, the people who are most in need.'

Ayat Al-Khateeb,
RedR trainee, Jordan.