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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#عيد_أضحى_مبارك_2021فريق منظمة #أرضي يتمنى لكم أضحى مباركأعاده الله عليكم بالصحة والفرج القريب🌙كل عام وأنتم بخير 🌙#ardi ... See MoreSee Less
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Let’s Unite and Raise Voice Against Torture!According to #HumanRights Law, torture is defined as any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether #physical or #mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person in which a public official is directly or indirectly involved for a specific reason. Torturers are seen as the ‘enemy of all mankind'. It is considered so barbaric and incompatible with a civilized society that it cannot be tolerated. Torture is a crime under international law. However, there is a countless number of people who are at this very moment facing some sort of torture that is both physical and psychological in nature. Torture diminishes everyone and everything that it touches, including torturers and the systems and states where it occurs. Torturers must never be allowed to get away with their crimes, and systems that enable torture should be dismantled or transformed. ARDI works directly with Syrians who have experienced forms of torture under the hands of the oppressive Regime, which have caused horrific suffering and long-term consequences to survivor’s mental and physical wellbeing. In Syria, many women, men, and youth are detained for arbitrary offenses or fictional crimes. Detention, for many people, includes forms of torture and sexual violence. For survivors of torture, reintegration back into their communities and families can be a difficult process. For women who have experienced sexual violence as a form of torture, some report facing the additional burden of being shunned from their family or community once they are released or they escape. With more education and a growing number of organizations working to support survivors of torture, hopefully, survivors will get the support and care they need to still live full lives after enduring horrific crimes. June 26th is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which aims to spread awareness among the people about the issue and impacts of human torture, which is not only unacceptable but it is also an international crime against humanity. #ARDI invites people of all backgrounds and locations to raise voices against torture, share stories of survivors with others, and speak about their experiences to help tackle the silence around torture and brings its ongoing pervasiveness to light. Together we must work side by side to stand up to human rights violations.To learn more about ARDI, please visit our website at: www.atlasrdi.com ... See MoreSee Less
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On 26 May, #ARDI and #HAYAT Syrian Women’s Collective hosted the first of three Community Network Meetings to provide the opportunity for the members of HAYAT to share the unique activities they are leading to address three core issues that exacerbate insecurity among refugee communities in #Istanbul. ARDI invited civil society leaders, local activists, governmental officials, international organizational representatives, academics, and members of the media from the local and international community to attend and participate.During the meeting, the members of the Hayat Women's Collective presented their efforts and previous activities related to their projects. Some key activities included that the HAYAT women-led so far include: A community-based survey that helped highlight the main needs and challenges of Syrian #refugees in Istanbul, a resource tool that was developed to help connect Syrian refugees with available resources and services available in Istanbul; a range of thematic webinars that were designed and hosted by the women, a series of awareness-raising interviews focusing on the real stories and experiences of local refugees, and a photography contest aimed at amplifying the voices, experiences, and vantage points of diverse Syrians living in Istanbul. The HAYAT Women’s Collective also worked in small teams to design community-based projects centered around the project’s three core focus areas that will be funded/supported by ARDI during Phase 2 of the project.The attendees were much engaged and interested to learn about the activities led by the HAYAT Syrian Women’s Collective and they also participated actively in a discussion around the thematic focus areas covered by HAYAT’s small projects. The HAYAT Women benefited from the opportunity to share their achievements and showcase their upcoming initiatives, network with a wide range of attendees, and learn from the attendees’ own efforts on the ground that were relevant to the refugee community in Istanbul.ARDI and the HAYAT Syrian Women’s Collective are very grateful for this beneficial meeting and look forward to meeting the people from local and international communities again soon during the next Community Network Meeting!To learn more about ARDI, please visit our website at: www.atlasrdi.com#event #communitymatters #womenempowerment #أرضي #zoommeeting #development ... See MoreSee Less
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عيدكم مبارك. تتمنى عائلة #أرضي للجميع عيداً سعيداً وآمناً.نود أن نشكركم جميعاً على دعمكم لجهودنا ونأمل أن يتمكن الجميع من قضاء وقت ممتع مع أحبائه خلال عيد الفطر المبارك.مع فائق المحبة والاحترام،كل عام وأنتم بخير فريق أرضي ... See MoreSee Less
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English below. #ARDI, 5-6-7 Nisan tarihleri arasında, İstanbul’da yaşayan ve çok çeşitli kültürel ve sosyal geçmişi olan 15 #Suriyeli mülteci kadından oluşan HAYAT Suriyeli Mülteci Kadın Kolektifi ile birlikte üç günlük #kapasite geliştirme eğitimine ev sahipliği yaptı.Bu etkinlik ARDI’nin HAYAT Kolektifi için düzenlediği ikinci çalıştay oldu ve ilki Kasım 2020’de gerçekleşti. İlk çalıştay, İstanbul’daki mülteci toplulukları desteklemeyi amaçlayan küçük projeler için #liderlik, iletişim, müzakere ve #proje önerileri geliştirme yöntemleri dahil olmak üzere birçok konuya odaklandı. Nisan ayının başında gerçekleşen ikinci ve son çalıştay ise, Suriyeli kadınların liderliği, ekip liderliği, #işbirliği ve sorumluluk paylaşımı, #arabuluculuk ve müzakere, proje uygulamaları, stratejik iletişim, proje araçlarının ve şablonlarının kullanımı, izleme ve değerlendirme (İ&D) ve #mali yönetim ve #raporlama da dahil olmak üzere birçok konuyu kapsayacak şekilde tasarlandı.Bu üç günlük çalıştay, HAYAT Suriyeli Mülteci Kadın Kolektifinin üç proje ekibi arasındaki koordinasyonu sağlamak amacıyla, uygulamalı eğitim oturumları ile ekip üyeleri arasındaki işbirliği, danışma ve iletişim anlayışlarını destekledi.Çalıştay süresince hem HAYAT Suriyeli Mülteci Kadın Kolektifi hem de ARDI ekibi katılımcıların güvenliği için tüm #Koronavirüs yönergelerini dikkatle takip etti ve her oturum, bilgilerini ve kişisel deneyimlerini HAYAT Suriyeli Mülteci Kadın Kolektifi ile paylaşmak için ARDI ekibine katılan özel bir konuk veya eğitmen tarafından yönetildi.Çalıştayın son gününde her HAYAT proje ekibi, proje bağışçılarına tamamladıkları proje önerileri ve ARDI desteğiyle projelerde sağlayacakları hizmetler ve faaliyetler hakkında kısa bir sunum yaptı. HAYAT Suriyeli mülteci kadınları, iki yönlü bilgi paylaşımını ve öğrenmeyi desteklemek için proje bağışçılarına soru sorma fırsatı da buldular.ARDI’nin katılımcılara çalıştay öncesi ve sonrası yaptığı anketlerden elde edilen bulgulara göre, çalıştaya katılan Hayat Kolektifi üyelerinin ilgili konularda bilgi ve anlayışlarının arttığı ortaya çıkmaktadır. Bu çalıştay, ARDI’nin HAYAT Suriyeli Mülteci Kadın Kolektifini oluşturmak ve desteklemek için yürütülen 18 aylık daha büyük bir projenin parçasıdır. Projenin genel amacı, HAYAT Kolektifi kadınlarını topluluklarında aktif liderler ve aktörler olmaları için yeni araçlar ve becerilerle güçlendirmek ve kendi bölgelerindeki güvenliksizlik duygusunun temel nedenlerini ele almaktır.Çalıştay boyunca bilgi ve deneyimlerini bizlerle paylaşan ARDI eğitmenlerine ve konuşmacılarına ve tabii ki eğitimlere aktif olarak katılan, tutkuyla etkileşimde bulunan ve birbirlerini etkin bir şekilde destekleyen HAYAT Suriyeli Mülteci Kadın Kolektifi üyelerine şükranlarımızı sunuyoruz.ARDI hakkında daha fazla bilgi edinmek için lütfen web sitemizi ziyaret edin: www.atlasrdi.com---ENOn the 5th, 6th, and 7th of this April, #ARDI hosted a capacity-building workshop in Istanbul, Turkey for the HAYAT Syrian Refugee Women’s Collective, which is a group of 15 Syrian refugee women from various cultural and social backgrounds who are living in Istanbul, Turkey. For the past year, ARDI has been working with this group to implement awareness-raising activities, build their capacities, and prepare them to implement community-based projects funded by small-grant funding.This was the second workshop that ARDI hosted for the HAYAT Collective, and the first workshop was held last November 2020, which focused on multiple topics, including leadership, communication, negotiation, and methods for developing project proposals for small projects that will be implemented in Istanbul to support the refugee community.The second and latest workshop held earlier this month was designed to cover multiple topics, including Syrian women’s leadership, team leadership, cooperation and responsibility sharing, mediation and negotiation, project implementation best practices, strategic communications, and the use of project tools and templates related to monitoring and evaluation (M&E), financial management, and reporting.The three-day workshop dealt with practical training for cooperation and coordination between the three HAYAT Syrian refugee Women’s Collective project teams, which supported their understanding of cooperation, consultation, and communication among the team members.During the three-day workshop, the HAYAT Women and ARDI carefully followed Coronavirus guidelines for the safety of the attendees, and each session was led by a special guest or trainer who joined the ARDI team to share their knowledge and personal experiences with the HAYAT Syrian Refugee Women’s Collective. On the last day of the workshop, each HAYAT project team provided a presentation to the project donor on their completed project proposal and an explanation of the activities and services that they will provide through their small projects with the support of ARDI. The HAYAT women also had a chance to ask questions to the donor as well, to support bilateral knowledge sharing and learning. Based on the findings from ARDI’s pre-survey and post-survey, the HAYAT women attendees reported increased knowledge and understanding across all of the training sessions.This workshop is one component of a larger18-month project led by ARDI to form and support the HAYAT Syrian Refugee Women’s Collective. The project’s overall goal is to empower the HAYAT women with new/enhanced tools and skills to become active leaders and actors in their communities and to address root causes of insecurity in their areas.We would like to express our gratitude to the ARDI trainers and speakers who shared their knowledge and experiences, and of course to the HAYAT women who actively participated, passionately interacted, and supported one another so effectively during the training.To learn more about ARDI, please visit our website at: www.atlasrdi.com ... See MoreSee Less
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In April, #ARDI hosted a capacity-building workshop in Istanbul for the HAYAT Syrian Refugee Women’s Collective. The workshop dealt with practical training for cooperation and coordination between the three HAYAT Women project teams.

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📣In November 2020, Catalystas supported Atlas Relief and Development International (ARDI) in rethinking its organizational structure, short- and long-term strategic plans, and expansion objectives.

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