ARDI

Atlas Relief & Development International

Mission

ARDI is guided by the mission to empower civilians and local organizations with the knowledge, skills, and tools to actively shape and participate in a peaceful and democratic future for all. Through our work, we emphasize efforts to support, empower, and capacitate marginalized and displaced populations, minorities, women, and youth in conflict-affected areas.

What We Do

Small Grants

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Capacity Building

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Empowerment

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Research

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Women Making Changes Through Trust and Empowerment

ARDI Director and Co-Founder, Razan Shalab AlSham, was selected to participate as an honored speaker at the TEDx Dresden event in Dresden, Germany on August 26th, 2018. Speaking about her own personal experiences as a Syrian activist and development professional, Razan’s talk, titled “Women Making Changes Through Trust and Empowerment” sheds light on the horrors of war, the challenges faced by Syrians inside and outside of their countries, the amazing efforts to support Syrians being led by women, and ends with a message for hope and peace. Watch Razan’s Ted Talk and listen to the other inspiring Ted Talk speeches HERE

Impacts of the Syrian Conflict

Refugees Globally

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Internally Displaced People (IDPs)

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Children Deprived of Education

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Syrian Population Living in Extreme Poverty:

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Syrians Who are Food-Insecure:

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Forced Disaperiences and Arbitory Arrests

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عيدكم مبارك. تتمنى عائلة #أرضي للجميع عيداً سعيداً وآمناً.
نود أن نشكركم جميعاً على دعمكم لجهودنا في العام الماضي ونأمل أن يتمكن الجميع من قضاء وقت ممتع مع أحبائه خلال عيد الفطر المبارك.
بينما نواجه تحديات فريدة هذا الشهر حيث نواجه تأثيرات #كوفيد19 ، نأمل أن تساعدنا هذه التحديات بطريقة ما على إدراك قيمة صحتنا وقوة عائلاتنا وأهمية المجتمع خلال هذه الصعوبات التي نمر بها.
نتمنى أن يجلب لنا ما تبقى من عام 2020 السلامة والصحة ، ووحدة الأسرة والحب، وتجدد العاطفة للمساعدة في معالجة التحديات حول العالم التي تؤثر على الناس الأكثر ضعفاً.
مع فائق المحبة والاحترام،
كل عام وأنتم بخير
فريق أرضي

Eid Mubarak! The #ardi family wishes everyone a happy and safe Eid al-Fitr to everyone who's celebrating this weekend! We want to thank you all for your support of our efforts this past year and we hope that everyone is able to spend quality time with your loved ones during this celebratory end to the holy month of #Ramadan.
While we are facing unique challenges this month as we experience the impacts of #COVID19, we hope that in some way these challenges have also helped us realize the value of our health, the strength of our families, and the importance of community during these difficult times.
We wish that the remainder of 2020 will bring us all safety and health, family unity and love, and renewed passion to help address the challenges around the world that affect the most vulnerable.
In solidarity and appreciation,
ARDI team
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Today is #FamilyDay all over the world!!

A #family is the basic, yet the most important institution of a #society and #nation is built on the family system. #ARDI celebrates connections among all members that make up a family and highlights the reflection of how families affect and are affected by #social and #economic trends. Through our work, we aim to more deeply understand what can be done to strengthen our families for a better #future with greater stability, #peace, and opportunity!

#InternationalDayofFamilies provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families, as well as to promote appropriate action. This year in2020, this special day comes at a time of one of the most challenging global #health and social crises. The COVID-19 #pandemic brings into sharp focus the importance of investing in social policies protecting the most #vulnerable families.

Recently, families around the world are struggling with additional costs during the pandemic, resulting in school and kindergarten closures, the loss of jobs, and challenging health struggles. Also, the families who are already living in #poverty may now struggle more because of the additional cost of having the whole family at home every day.

Through ARDI’s work in Syria and Turkey, we hear about stories of family resilience every day. For example, in Istanbul, a Syrian father was the only breadwinner for his family and due to economic hardship, he was working illegally in a clothing shop until the virus outbreak hit Turkey. Soon after, he was laid off from his job. Due to his informal work situation, hee is unable to receive unemployment benefits from the Government’s relief package that helps workers in the formal economy. Currently, the father and his family, who are self-isolating at home, are surviving with reliance on their meager savings. Despite these hardships, the father feels lucky because at least his landlord helps him to pay his rent. Even during his family’s struggle with poverty, the family members - especially his children - are safe and happy to be able to spend increased time together for the first time since fleeing from the war in #Syria.

While the #COVID19 pandemic seems to bring disaster to our lives, it also has provided the opportunity to think about the value of family. When the whole world is now required to practice #socialdistancing and isolation, families keep being together! While these circumstances have also resulted in important challenges, such as a rise in gender-based violence (#GBV) and increased stress among families caring for children out of school, it has also provided space and time for families to reconnect and grow stronger.

Please check the link below and read about @UNICEF Coronavirus Parenting Tips to help manage and keep our families intimate in our new normal.

uni.cf/2WVFBQ7

#FamilyDay #15May #FamilyInDevelopment #FamiliesOfToday #SocialImpactsCovid19 #EqualityInFamily #LetsTalkAtHome
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According to the #WHO, the #COVID19 #pandemic is not just a health issue. It is a profound shock to our societies and economies, and #women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway.

As front-line responders, #health professionals, community volunteers, transport and logistics managers, #scientists and more, #women are making critical contributions to address the outbreak every day.The majority of caregivers, at home and in our communities, are also women.

Additionally, the #WHO asserts that women are at increased risk of infection and loss of livelihood, and existing trends point to less access to sexual and reproductive healthcare due to the lockdown, as well as a rise in #domesticviolence during crises.

Also many local #female #CSOs are at risk of losing their income because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. As many women-owned NGOs rely on restricted grants, many organisations won’t be able to cover core running costs or won’t be able to divert funding to their #Coronavirus responses.

In Syria, and other areas affected by #conflict, the impacts of the #virus is already making an impact on the ability for local organizations to maintain international funding and complete projects that were designed before the virus struck. For women-led #civilsociety organizations especially, COVID-19 will likely create significant challenges for their ability to operate and sustain themselves through this crisis - which will, in turn, have a deeply negative impact on the communities they serve.

#ARDI is sharing knowledge, learning and resources that relate to development, peacebuilding and humanitarian response with #Syrian female-led CSOs. Also we are connecting with donors and governments to encourage them to make flexible funding options available to community-based organizations in Syria to enable #NGOs and #CSOs to adapt their programs and respond to the #crisis.

To learn more about our work to support people affected by conflict, please visit our website: www.atlasrdi.com

وفقًا لـ #منظمة_الصحة_العالمية ، فإن وباء #COVID19 ليس مجرد مشكلة صحية. إنها صدمة عميقة لمجتمعاتنا واقتصاداتنا ،

و #النساء في صميم جهود الرعاية والاستجابة الجارية.
بصفتهم مستجيبين في الخطوط الأمامية ، و #متخصصون في الصحة ، ومتطوعون في المجتمع ، ومديرو النقل واللوجستيات ، و #علماء وغيرها الكثير من المهن، تقدم النساء مساهمات مهمة لمعالجة تفشي المرض كل يوم ، كما أن غالبية مقدمي الرعاية ، في المنزل وفي مجتمعاتنا ، هم أيضًا نساء.

بالإضافة إلى ذلك ، تؤكد #منظمة_الصحة_العالمية أن النساء في خطر متزايد للإصابة وفقدان سبل العيش ، وتشير التقارير الحالية إلى قلة الوصول إلى الرعاية الصحية الجنسية والإنجابية بسبب الإغلاق ، بالإضافة إلى ارتفاع في العنف المنزلي أثناء الأزمات.

كما أن العديد من #المنظمات المحلية للنساء معرضة لخطر فقدان دخلهم بسبب جائحة الفيروس التاجي (Covid-19). نظرًا لأن العديد من المنظمات غير الحكومية المملوكة للنساء تعتمد على منح مقيدة ، فلن تتمكن العديد من المنظمات من تغطية تكاليف التشغيل الأساسية أو لن تتمكن من تحويل التمويل إلى استجابات #Coronavirus.

في سوريا ، وغيرها من المناطق المتأثرة بالصراع ، تؤثر تأثيرات #الفيروس بالفعل على قدرة المنظمات المحلية على الحفاظ على التمويل الدولي وإكمال المشاريع التي تم تصميمها قبل وقوع الفيروس. بالنسبة لمنظمات #المجتمع_المدني التي تقودها النساء بشكل خاص ، من المرجح أن يخلق COVID-19 تحديات كبيرة لقدرتهم على العمل والحفاظ على أنفسهم من خلال هذه الأزمة - والتي بدورها سيكون لها تأثير سلبي للغاية على المجتمعات التي تخدمها.

تقوم #أرضي بتبادل المعرفة والتعلم والموارد التي تتعلق بالتنمية وبناء السلام والاستجابة الإنسانية مع #منظمات المجتمع المدني التي تقودها النساء السوريات. كما أننا نتواصل مع الجهات المانحة والحكومات لتشجيعهم على إتاحة خيارات تمويل مرنة للمنظمات المجتمعية في سوريا لتمكين #المنظمات غير الحكومية و #منظمات المجتمع المدني من تكييف برامجها والاستجابة للأزمة.

لمعرفة المزيد عن عملنا لدعم الأشخاص المتضررين من النزاع ، يرجى زيارة موقعنا على الإنترنت: www.atlasrdi.com
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Happy Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day!

Happy 101st anniversary of the Turkish War of Independence!

#ATATURK #19mayıs #19MayısGenclikveSporBayramı #YerinHiçDolmayacak #yaistiklalyaölüm #BirinciVazifemiz
#19MAYIS1919

While the #COVID19 seems to bring disaster to our lives, it also provides us to remember the value of family. When the whole world is practicing #socialdistancing and isolation, families keep being together!
#FamilyDay2020 #SocialImpactsCovid19 #EqualityInFamily #LetsTalkAtHome

For #Turkish citizens and #refugee families in #Istanbul, please click the link below to access the form to request #support that has been prepared by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality:
https://sosinc.ibb.gov.tr/
#Syrian #Covid_19 #coronavirus #pazartesi #EvdeKal #StayAtHome

#Autism is a different #ability, not a #disability!

#ARDI aspires to highlight the #difficulties that people with autism face since the #SyrianConflict started in 2011.

https://bit.ly/33W6OW6

#CelebrateDifferences #AutismAwarenessDay #AutismIsNotADisability

1 world. 7.5+ billion unique faces.

Diversity is a strength, not a threat.

In these difficult times - and always - we must take a stand against intolerance and discrimination.

Saturday is #FightRacism Day. https://bit.ly/2U7ajWj

Misinformation during a health crisis like #COVID19 can result in people being left unprotected, uninformed and more vulnerable to the virus. It can also spread paranoia and fear. Take @UNICEF’s #coronavirus quiz to test your knowledge and get the facts. https://uni.cf/2QvKgWw

#Racism, #xenophobia and #intolerance are problems prevalent in all societies. But every day, each and every one of us can stand up against #racialprejudice and #intolerantattitudes.

Join ARDI to struggle #discrimination and #hatespeech to fight for a better tomorrow for all!