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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Source: UNHCR 2018
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Internally Displaced People (IDPs)

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Source: UNHCR 2018
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Children Deprived of Education

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Source: HNO 2019
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Syrian Population Living in Extreme Poverty:

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Source: UNHCR 2018
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Syrians Who are Food-Insecure:

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Source : HNO 2019
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Forced Disaperiences and Arbitory Arrests

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Source : HNO 2019
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Let’s Shape Peace Together!
#InternationalDayofPeace became a critical priority in 2020 because our common enemy - #COVID19 - threatens our health, security, and daily life. The #pandemic has been classified by many international bodies and organizations as a threat that challenges world peace. COVID-19 has not only been a health #hazard, but also an issue in terms of global security as well. Both international and domestic #conflict resolution efforts have been hindered, with some countries potentially risking militants seeing this pandemic as an opportunity to strike.
#ARDI joins @UN to celebrate this day by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic and to stand against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred. We at ARDI work closely with civil society organizations that support #dialogue and #peacebuilding between diverse communities and support people of different backgrounds to develop a deeper understanding and respect for each other that helps decrease the harmful stereotypes and #misconceptions that create hatred - especially in the time of COVID-19.
Recently, #ARDI and its local partner @ReleaseMe2017 hosted a live concert on the Internet (via Facebook Live) that featured the talent of the #AwazMusicBand, led by Maestro Mustafa Bakir, in the city of #Afrin in the #NorthofSyria.
The online concert was attended on the Internet by over 590 people, including members of the Afrin #community, as well as many from the international community. The purpose of this unique event was to shed light on the diverse #Arabic and #Kurdish traditional music and to build peace by using the unifying power of melodies.
We encourage you to watch the recording of the beautiful “Multicultural Concert for Peace” from #ReleaseMe’s page: bit.ly/2R2LhoU
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ما بين 20 إلى 24 آب ، أطلقت #أرضي وشريكتها المحلية #حررني حملة مناصرة على فيس بوك تهدف إلى زيادة تمثيل القيادات النسائية التي تعمل على تحقيق التغيير الشخصي والمهني على مستوى المجتمع وإيصال أصوات وقصص #النساء في #عفرين في #شمال_سوريا.
سلطت الحملة الضوء على 15 #امرأة من المجتمع في عفرين يعملون حاليًا لتحقيق أحلامهم كما سلطت الضوء على قصصهم الشخصية وناقشنا التحديات التي تغلبوا عليها من خلال مقابلات قصيرة معهم.
تلقي قصص هؤلاء النساء المتنوعة الضوء على إنجازاتهن وكيف يمكنهن تشجيع النساء الأخريات على تحقيق أهدافهن والتغلب على العقبات.
عملت هذه الحملة على إبراز أصوات النساء من خلفيات مختلفة. تم تمثيل العرب والأكراد وأعضاء كل من النازحين والمجتمعات المضيفة. بالإضافة إلى ذلك ، شاركت النساء من مختلف الأعمار والمستويات التعليمية ، ومن آمهات وشابات في تسليط الضوء على التنوع الجميل لنساء عفرين وإبراز القواسم المشتركة بين الناس هناك.
نحن نشجعك على قراءة قصصهم الملهمة على صفحة #حررني
bit.ly/3k3pnyf
في #أرضي ، نعمل على تسليط الضوء على مختلف أفراد المجتمع ، بما في ذلك النساء والقائدات والناشطات (المؤثرات).و تهدف جهودنا إلى دعمهم في إيصال صوتهم وتحقيق أهدافهم.
قم بزيارة موقعنا على الإنترنت لمعرفة المزيد عن عملنا:
www.atlasrdi.com/
Between August 20th to 24th, #ARDI and its local partner @ReleaseMe2017 launched a media campaign on Facebook that aimed at increasing the representation of female leaders working to achieve personal and professional change at the community level and to deliver the voices and stories of #women in #Afrin in the #North_of_Syria.
15 different #female members and leaders of the community in Afrin who are currently working to achieve their dreams highlighted their personal stories and discussion about the challenges that they have overcome through each of the mini interviews. These diverse women’s stories shed light on their achievements and how they can encourage other women to achieve their goals and overcome obstacles
This campaign worked to highlight the voices of women from many different backgrounds. Arabis, Kurds, and members of both the IDP and host communities were represented. In addition, women of different ages, educational levels, some with children and others without children, and other characteristics were involved to highlight the beautiful diversity of Afrin’s women and to highlight the commonalities between different types of people.
We encourage you to read their inspiring stories from #Release_Me’s page: bit.ly/3k3pnyf
At #ARDI, we work to highlight the various community female members, including women community members, female leaders, and female activists (influencers). Our efforts are aimed at supporting them in delivering their voice and achieving their goals. Visit our website to learn more about our work:
www.atlasrdi.com/
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قامت #منظمة_أرضي مع شريكها المحلي #منظمة_حررني @ReleaseMe2017 بتاريخ الحادي عشر من شهر اب من العام الجاري, على استضافة حفلة موسيقية حية عبر الإنترنت (Facebook Live) #فرقة_أواز للموسيقا بقيادة المايسترو مصطفى بكر في مدينة #عفرين في #الشمال_السوري.

حضرها على #الإنترنت أفراد من #مجتمع عفرين، بالإضافة إلى العديد من المجتمع الدولي. وذلك لتسليط الضوء على #الموسيقى_التقليدية المتنوعة للمجتمعات #العربية و #الكردية المحلية. وقد تم بث #الحفل مباشرة للجمهور عبر الإنترنت حيث بلغت نسبة المشاهدة أثناء البث 596 مشاهدة.

نحن نشجع على مشاهدة تسجيل الحفل - متعدد الثقافات الجميل - من أجل السلام من صفحة منظمة حررني على الرابط التالي:

bit.ly/2R2LhoU

خلال الحفل, تم طرح سؤال على الجمهور مضمونه, هل تعتقد أن الموسيقى متعددة الثقافات تفيد بخلق انسجام بين مكونات المجتمع؟ وفقًا لإجابات المشاهدين الفردية على هذا السؤال خلال الحدث، كانت 100% من الاجابات على السؤال ب"نعم"، مما يسلط الضوء على رغبة الكثيرين من المجتمع المتنوع في السعي نحو السلام وتقدير الثقافات المتعددة بين الناس من خلفيات مختلفة. الفكرة حديثة التطبيق وهي من #الأفكار المبتكرة والخلاقة، والتي تهدف إلى تعزيز الأرضية المشتركة و #بناء_السلام ، و #التعلم بين #الثقافات_المتنوعة للمجتمع المحلي في مدينة عفرين.

تتمتع مدينة عفرين ب #تنوع_ثقافي كبير خاصة بين أفراد المجتمع من خلفيات عربية و كردية بالإضافة إلى نزوح العديد من الأشخاص #النازحين داخليا من كل المناطق السورية مع هوياتهم #الاجتماعية و #الثقافية و #العرقية الفريدة. مما ساعد في خلق #مزيج_مجتمعي فريد، وبعض اشكال #الاختلافات_الثقافية التي يُساء فهمها و التي تتسبب في إحداث #قوالب_نمطية مجتمعية ضارة. ومن الحاجات الملحة, إزالة سوء الفهم والتواصل مع الآخر بشكل أعمق.

في منظمة أرضي, نعمل على دعم بناء الحوار والسلام بين المجتمعات المختلفة ودعم الأشخاص من خلفيات مختلفة لتطوير فهم واحترام أعمق يساعد في تقليل الصور النمطية الضارة و #المفاهيم الخاطئة التي تخلق الكراهية. قم بزيارة موقعنا على الإنترنت لمعرفة المزيد عن عملنا: www.atlasrdi.com/

On August 11th of this year, #ARDI and its local partner @ReleaseMe2017 hosted a live concert on the Internet (Facebook Live) that featured the talent of the #Awaz_Music_Band, led by Maestro Mustafa Bakir, in the city of #Afrin in the #north_of_Syria.

The online concert was attended on the #Internet by members of the Afrin #community, as well as many from the international community as well. The purpose of this unique event was to shed light on the diverse #traditional_music of the local #Arab and #Kurdish communities. The #concert was broadcast live to the audience over the Internet, with 596 total individual viewers participating during the broadcast!

We encourage you to watch recording the beautiful Multicultural Concert for Peace from #Release_Me’s page: bit.ly/2R2LhoU

During the concert, a question was asked to the audience: “Do you think that #multicultural music helps to create #harmony between the components of #society?” According to the viewers’ individual answers to this question during the event, 100% of the answers to the question were“YES”, which highlights the desire of many from the diverse community to strive towards peace and multicultural appreciation between people of different backgrounds. This multicultural concert idea is newly applied and is an innovative and creative idea that aims to enhance the #common_ground, #peacebuilding, and #learning between the various cultures of the local community in Afrin.

Afrin has a great #cultural_diversity, especially among community members from Arab and Kurdish backgrounds, in addition to the displacement of many #IDPs from all Syrian regions with their unique #social, #cultural and #ethnic identities. This helped create a unique #community_ mix, and also some misunderstood forms of #cultural_differences that cause harmful societal #stereotypes. Among the community’s urgent needs is to address and heal cultural and ethnic misunderstandings, and also to help foster greater communication among Afrin’s residents.

At ARDI, we work to support #dialogue and #peacebuilding between diverse communities and to support people of different backgrounds to develop a deeper understanding and respect that helps decrease the harmful stereotypes and #misconceptions that create hatred. Visit our website to learn more about our work:

www.atlasrdi.com/
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In late August, #ARDI, with programmatic support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hosted a Capacity Building and Strategic Coordination Workshop for the NAWAT group - a coalition of diverse #Syrian political, academic, and civic leaders located across #Europe striving towards a future for Syria that is grounded in #democratic values, women's #equality, secularism yet with the freedom of belief, and media freedom.

The 4-day workshop in Berlin, Germany (a component of a larger, year long project to support the #NAWAT group) brought together 25 NAWAT members and "Friends of NAWAT" for training on topics that included: Strategic planning and messaging, international donor communication and negotiation, speech writing and other forms of political communications, and media-facing representation. Two expert trainers - international development and high level diplomatic negotiations expert Aviva Stein of Catalystas Consulting and award winning Syrian journalist and media expert Zaina Erhaim of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) - led training multi-day sessions targeting these key focus areas for NAWAT's benefit and growth as a coalition.

On the final day of the workshop, a Round Table Discussion Meeting was held between the NAWAT leaders and a wide range of international governmental and organizational representatives, with the purpose of fostering multilateral dialogue between the NAWAT Syrian leaders and global decision makers. Not only did NAWAT have the opportunity to represent themselves, their mission/vision, and their strategic goals, but they also had a chance to field questions from the international audience and ask them their own questions of their diverse guests as well.

Special thanks to our esteemed international guests who participated in the final Round Table Meeting, and of course to each of the distinguished NAWAT leaders who actively participated in the 4-day workshop.

Learn more about NAWAT's efforts, goals, and values via their website: nawatsyria.com (English translation available)

Please also visit ARDI's website for more information on our international development efforts to support individuals, communities, and local organizations affected by conflict to shape and participate in a peaceful and democratic future for all. atlasrdi.com/

#SyrianDiplomacy #SyrianConflict #InternationalRelations
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We encourage you to watch from #ReleaseMe’s page the beautiful “Multicultural Concert for Peace” that is held in #Afrin to shed light on the diverse #Arabic and #Kurdish music and to build peace by using the unifying power of melodies: https://bit.ly/2R2LhoU
#PeaceDay2020

#ShapingPeaceTogether
#InternationalPeaceDay #InternationalDayofPeace2020
#PeaceDay2020
#PeaceDayChallenge

WE ARE HIRING!

#ARDI is pleased to announce a new #job vacancy for #Programs Manager and we are seeking a talented professional who wants to join our team!

#vacancies #Jobs #JobSearch #JobsInIstanbul #programming #development #team #networking

https://atlasrdi.com/programs-manager-2/

On #WorldHumanitarianDay, let’s recognize women’s vital role in the survival and resilience of communities.

They are the unsung #RealLifeHeroes of the #COVID19 crisis, and deserve to be included in decisions that affect their lives.

You don't need superpowers to help save lives. 💪

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassadors and Supporters send a message of solidarity to humanitarian heroes. 💙

#WorldHumanitarianDay #RealLifeHeroes

#ARDI joins @UN and pays special attention to the real-life heroes who have committed their lives to helping others in the most extreme circumstances throughout the world.
#RealLifeHeroes
#HumanitarianDay #WorldHumanitarianDay #WHDMyK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=16&v=9ZAwmEtS_6I&feature=emb_logo

ARDI #Gönüllü Ekip Arkadaşları Arıyor!

#ARDI, İstanbul’da yaşayan #Suriyeli #mülteci topluluğunu desteklemeyi amaçlayan uzun vadeli bir proje için İletişim yeteneği yüksek ve takım çalışmasına yatkın gönüllüler arıyor. Detaylar ve başvuru için : https://atlasrdi.com/volunteer/