Our Local NGO/Project Partners
Extending aid to hard-to-reach areas
RPI works with and through local humanitarian partners to empower them, benefit from their knowledge of the local context, and overcome security barriers to accessing Syria. RPI and its Syrian partners co-design projects that do not duplicate the work of other organizations. RPI contributes the experience of its founder and advisors with responding to urban displacement in armed conflicts in other regions. When implementing these projects, RPI’s partners in turn collaborate with other partners, such as the American Bar Association, IMC, and MSF.
RPI selects non-profit partners, with representation in Turkey and Lebanon, that are transparent, efficient, and impactful. Partners are chosen that are known to the international humanitarian community and accessible by safe wire transfer. RPI values neutrality and seeks to broaden its partnerships to this effect. RPI also conducts on-site monitoring of projects in Turkey and Lebanon and retains the right to engage third-party Syrian consultants to verify its partners’ monitoring reports on projects implemented within Syria.
Olive BranchOlive Branch has benefited thousands of internally displaced Syrians and local residents within the Daraa and Alqunaitera provinces of southern Syria since 2012 through its projects in education, humanitarian aid, development, and agriculture. The NGO has over 240 staff based primarily within Syria, and is led by Syrian expatriates in Turkey, Lebanon, and other host countries. Respected by the international humanitarian community, Olive Branch has unique access to this region of Syria and locally sources the majority of its project inputs.
Basmeh and ZeitoonehBasmeh and Zeitooneh was launched in 2012, in Lebanon to fill the gaps in humanitarian and livelihoods assistance provided to Syrian refugees, with a particular focus on women and children. Basmeh and Zeitooneh has since expanded to operate within Sanliurfa, Turkey, and Aleppo and Idlib, Syria. Led by expatriate Syrian staff located in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan, this NGO has sound ties with the international humanitarian community.
MAPSMulti Aid Programs (MAPS) was set-up in 2013 by a Syrian neurosurgeon and initially operated under the wings of several non-profit entities in Lebanon before securing its own NGO status in early 2015. MAPS has provided over 400,000 Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley and Aarsal with non-formal education, health care, continuing education, community service, and relief items. The NGO has 220 Syrian staff working on its education programs. RPI is discussing future cooperation with the branch of MAPS that is registered in Bekaa, Lebanon. MAPS is also registered in Germany and receives funding from several other aid agencies.
SIMROThe Sustainable International Medical Relief Organization (SIMRO) was established by a group of Syrian doctors in late 2014. Registered as an NGO in Turkey, SIMRO is based in Gaziantep. SIMRO supports long-term strategic medical relief projects through medical training, medical care, and the provision of safe health care infrastructure. SIMRO recognized the need to move hospitals underground to keep staff and patients safe from attacks on health care infrastructure. In 2016, SIMRO began rehabilitating the underground floors of the Avicenna National Hospital in Idlib city, Syria with international funding. SIMRO is partnering with RPI to complete the construction of the underground Avicenna Women and Children’s Hospital within this complex and to support future staff training and operations. In Idleb governorate, SIMRO also supports the Internal Medicine Hospital and Advanced Diagnostic Center. In rural Damascus, SIMRO operates primary health care centers for people under siege. SIMRO launched the Needs and Population Monitoring program in mid-2015 in coordination with the International Organization of Migration to assess the needs and movements of conflict-affected populations across Syria. In April 2017, SIMRO began implementing the Health Information System in the governorates of Idleb, Hama and Aleppo to connect all health facilities with the international Health Cluster in Turkey. This system will standardize and facilitate the analysis of health data from these facilities and prioritize needs.
The Ulfah HouseThe Ulfah House project was initiated by a Syrian expatriate in Gaziantep, Turkey, to provide vital housing and livelihoods support to vulnerable women and children fleeing Syria. Widowed and orphaned, the families assisted by Ulfah House regain their dignity and sense of self-protection by accessing urban housing, external job training, and income generation opportunities both within the respected Ulfah House kitchen and through facilitated access to private sector employers.
AosusAosus is a Syrian NGO operating within the besieged Syrian city of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, and in surrounding areas. Aosus provides educational and recreational opportunities for children, relief items, and support for livelihoods.
Credit: RPI, Gaziantep, Turkey
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RPI especially thanks the following generous supporters for their compassionate partnership: American Securities, The Syria Campaign of The Voices Project, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, MathWorks, Inc, FactSet Research Systems, NeedsList.co, Albany Medical College, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Limbs & Things Inc, Network for Good, Iron Door Management, LLC, Pledgeling Foundation, Third Sector New England, PayPal Giving Fund, ESH Circus Arts, LLC, Salon at 10 Newbury, Allegro Photography, Green Chair Pictures, Persistence of Vision Films, Black Ink, Inc, Crush Boutique, BJs, Star Market, Stop & Shop, and the inspiring donor advised funds supporting our work through Fidelity Charitable, Essex County Community Foundation, and the Boston Foundation.
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