The project is financed by the European Union Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis, also called the EU Madad fund. “Madad” is an Arabic word that means “helping together”.
The project is a collaboration between 15 Red Cross and Red Cresent Societies: IFRC, Egyptian Red Crescent, French Red Cross, German Red Cross, Iraqi Red Crescent, Jordanite Red Crescent, Lebanese Red Cross, Dutch Red Cross, Norwegian Red Cross, Palestinian Red Crescent, Spanish Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross, Turkish Red Crescent and is coordinated by Danish Red Cross.
Since its establishment in December 2014, a significant share of the EU’s support to help Syrian refugees and support Syria’s neighbouring countries cope with the refugee crisis is provided through the EU Trust Fund. The Trust Fund mobilises its budget from the EU budget and contributions of 22 EU Member States and Turkey.
It reinforces an integrated EU aid response to the crisis and primarily addresses longer-term resilience and needs to enhance self-reliance of Syrian refugees, and at the same time ease the pressure on host communities and their administrations in neighbouring countries such as Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
The Trust Fund’s programmes support basic education and child protection, vocational training and higher education, economic opportunities and social stability, better access to healthcare, improved water and wastewater infrastructure, as well as support to resilience, women empowerment and fighting gender based violence.
About the Red Cross and Red Cresent Movement
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Movement is neutral and impartial, and provides protection and assistance to people affected by disasters and conflicts. The Movement is made up of nearly 100 million members, volunteers and supporters in 190 National Societies. It has three main components:
– The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
– The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
– 190 member-Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
As partners, the different members of the Movement support communities in becoming stronger and safer through a variety of development projects and humanitarian activities. The Movement also works in cooperation with governments, donors and other aid organizations to assist vulnerable people around the world. The ICRC, the Federation and the National Societies are independent bodies. Each has its own in-dividual status and exercises no authority over the others.