Success Stories

IRD’s Community Mobilizers- Supporting Syrian Refugees

Posted by Noelle Wright

IRD community mobilizers rely on strong relationships to involve refugees in decision making processes and problem solving. Partnership between the aid community and the refugees they serve is increasingly vital as the assistance in Za’atari camp transitions from emergency response to development. Under the scorching mid-summer sun and the heavy rains of the Jordanian... more

Filed Under: Emergency Response, Refugees, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Syria

Emergency Assistance in Winter Storm Huda

Posted by Noelle Wright

“The winds were so strong and it was so cold. Nobody can survive in a tent in these conditions,” recalls Najwan, a single woman living alone with her elderly mother in Za’atari camp. Jordan declared a state of emergency when snowstorm Huda brought severe weather conditions across the Middle East in January. Despite the perilous and challenging conditions, IRD... more

Filed Under: Emergency Response, Refugees, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Syria

Help and Hope for Afghanistan’s Widows

Posted by Noelle Wright

When Wajma’s husband, Faridullah, was killed in a suicide attack at the Jalalabad airport in February 2012, she became one of the hundreds of women widowed each year as a result of the war in Afghanistan. But the mother of four had little time to grieve: “I was worried about the future and how I would support my children,” she recalls. Help came in the form of the Afgh... more

Filed Under: Conflict Victim Assistance, Jobs, Women & Gender, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan

IRD’s Legal Support Gives Freedom to an Iraqi Refugee

Posted by Noelle Wright

Haidar, 32, fled Iraq in 2004 and came to Lebanon in the hope of being resettled to a third country. After four years, he learned that his resettlement request had been denied. “The news came down on me like a thunder. I felt like my whole world crumbled, like I was stuck in a big prison. I couldn’t resettle to another country, I couldn’t go back to Iraq, and I couldn’t... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Refugees, Middle East & North Africa, Lebanon

Vocational Training Provides a Cultural Bridge between Communities

Posted by Noelle Wright

The Entrepreneurship for Refugees (EfR) program is putting Iraqis to work in Lebanon and serving as a bridge between cultures. As Lebanese vocational trainers and workers get to know their Iraqi program participants, a long overdue dialogue between the two communities can begin. The EfR program registers Iraqi refugees for the Lebanese job market and offers them vocati... more

Filed Under: Capacity Building, Jobs, Refugees, Relief to Development, Middle East & North Africa, Lebanon