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Persons with Disability in Syria: Challenges and Solutions

The Syrian crisis an 8-year-old hideous crisis will not fade without leaving a strong impact, from what we have seen it has increased vulnerability and the prevalence of impairment, leaving a tremendous number of war-born injuries that are considered as a problem in both health and socio-economic sectors. The staggering levels of need persist for people across Syria as it remains a major protection crisis, with civilians exposed to multiple protection risks related to ongoing hostilities; the effects of new and protracted displacement; dire conditions in sites and collective shelters hosting IDPs; and the depletion of socioeconomic resources triggering harmful coping strategies (e.g. child labor and early marriages).

Quick Guide for Education in Emergency Situations

The right to education is a Human Right internationally recognised. Going further, education is more than that, education is the tool through which people exercise and defend their own rights.

However, according to UNESCO in 2014 there were 58 million children who did not receive any sort of education at school. The percentage of girls deprived of education is higher than the percentage of boys since genre represents an obstacle in many cultures. Proceeding beyond, UNESCO claims that, if this tendency persists, 4 out of 10 of those children will be never go to school. There are several different reasons, among them, the fact of living in an emergency context (displacement, recovery after a natural disaster, etc)

Historically, in emergency situations, the restoration of education and the continuity of school for children in the affected populations have just not been established as a priority, but they have also been forgotten. Only in the last decades, the spotlight has been placed in Education in emergency situations, which means the scarce amount of experiences and learning processes in which rely on.

Additionally, emergencies are so diverse and its consequences affect in a different way several populations that it will be difficult to elaborate a good theoretical handbook. Nonetheless, not for this it should be remained apart. Even more, education in emergencies must be considered as a priority issue to study and develop. Once basic needs are covered, the creation of an environment of socialization and learning will support and promote the development of the rest of recovery efforts and contribute mostly to the community’s improvement.

We must not consent that natural disasters, displacements or wars represent a hurdle to million of children to have access to education. We must do our best to grant, above all, the access to the right to education.

The proposed guide is a general aid that should be adapted in each considered situation. It needs to be extended and complemented, but it represents the first step, necessary in every large distance.

Quick guide for education in emergencies

The right to education is an internationally recognized human right; it is also more than that, it is the tool through which people exercise and defend the rest of their human rights.

However, per UNESCO, in 2014 there were 58 million children around the world who were not in school. The percentage of girls deprived of education is higher than the percentage of boys since gender still represents an obstacle in many cultures. Furthermore, UNESCO recognizes that, if this tendency persists, 4 out of 10 of those children

Practical guide for the distribution of non-food products in emergency situations

In emergency situations, it is common for chaos and disorganization to prevail. This is due to the necessity of the ones who are affected and deprived of basic needs for protection, survival and preservation of their dignity.

In accordance with the Humanitarian Charter, International Law and the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross/Red Crescent movements and NGOs; we must have and preserve minimum standards regarding housing, human settlements and non-food items. The focus is on keeping human rights: dignity, right to live, protection, security as well as the right to receive humanitarian assistance, as needed.

People affected by a disaster must have access to basic products that ensure they have the satisfaction of the basic human needs. Therefore, access to priority products such as clothes, blankets as well as means to prepare and consume food and items for personal hygiene to preserve health, privacy and dignity, must be ensured.

The distribution of non-food products is closely linked to and complemented with other camp’s sectors such as food, water, sanitation, health, nutrition and protection. A Skilled management of the distribution of non-food product is required to help strengthen the effort or the humanitarian aid carried out in other sectors associated with the emergency or disaster plan.

This guide is a communicative important instrument in the distribution of non-food products.  Through its different steps, it facilitates humanitarian actors their technical and ordered intervention, making their work easier for the benefit of those who receive humanitarian aid. At the same time this guide offers a sense of order, exposing clearly the procedure of distribution of non-food products.

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Aid and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Zambia – The Case of World Vision

Microfinance is about much more than access to money. It is about women gaining control over the means to make a living. It is about women lifting themselves out of poverty and vulnerability. It is about women achieving economic and political empowerment within their homes, their villages, their countries (Mayoux, 2002:2). Ngulube interrogates the veracity, validity and universal applicability of the foregoing assertion and several other similar ones with specific reference to the work of World Vision Zambia. He explores theoretical frameworks that underpin women’s economic empowerment programs. In addition, he gives a balanced treatise of both supporters of aid and its overt critics and examines leading authors on empowerment.

Single Form Guidelines – in Spanish

Rapid assessment for humanitarian assistance methodology -REDLAC-

Early obstetric complications treatment as a strategy to reduce maternal mortality

Humanitarian Logistics Manual for Disasters

Guide for children with severe acute malnutrition