Second Category Prize 2016:
For projects by National NGOs.
|Prize Subject:||Sheltering of Syrian Refugees in Jordan – UAE Camp. (Selected winner from 21 projects)|
|Prize Amount:||US$ 100,000|
|Implemented by:||Emirates Red Crescent http://www.rcuae.ae|
|Prize subject:||Innovative governmental projects for the empowerment and social integration of refugees and internally displaced people.|
|Nominated By:||Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation|
It is an ongoing project implemented by the Emirates Red Crescent since May 2013 in the Al Zarqa region of Jordan, consisting of comprehensive support for a camp for Syrian refugees. In a first phase, 3,790 refugees were accommodated in 77 caravans. Under a second phase inaugurated in November 2014, the number of residential units had been extended to 960 caravans sheltering 6,344 refugees by 2016, with plans to shelter 10,000 refugees in the future.
Founded in 1983, the Emirates Red Crescent is member of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) since 1986, the Emirates Red Crescent is described on its website as a volunteer humanitarian organization that supports official authorities. Its goals include rescuing people from the effects of disasters. It is the arm of the UAE for humanitarian work and implements a number of projects and programmes overseas, with 14 offices in many of the countries where it provides different forms of developmental aid.
The principal objectives of the project are: (a) provision of suitable environment to refugees (b) self-realization of the refugees through the projects conducted by them (c) improvement of refugee skills, and establishment of centres to carry out their daily duties, (d) mitigation of psychological suffering that resulted from the crisis, and (e) sustainable educational services.
The camp has been rehabilitated and turned into a small city of integrated infrastructure, operated and managed by the Syrian refugees with an employment capacity of 1,700 refugees specializing in a wide range of professions. There is a maintenance section; a medical cadre which provides both medical services and educational campaigns; kitchens; a garden and amusement outlet; a supermarket; small-scale projects to provide the refugees with daily income; wells and water treatment; mosques, with qualified supervisors, mosque leaders and muezzins; and warehouses. An important feature has been the UAE-Jordanian Mobile Hospital, deployed in August 2012 with a full medical facility to provide services to both the Syrian refugees and the Jordanian population. The hospital is managed and operated by volunteers from the UAE, Jordan and Syria, and serves over 10,000 patients on a monthly basis.
The project allows refugees to improve and use the ability to integrate in long run without any gap which could have detrimental effects in the lives of the people. The project equips with education, vocational skills to maintain dignity and builds confidence and return home when there is peace to rebuild their societies and their lives.