Addressing Vulnerabilities of Refugees and Host Communities in Five Countries Affected by the Syria Crises



General Information

Title of the action

Addressing Vulnerabilities of Refugees and Host Communities in Five Countries Affected by the Syria Crises

Priority sector

Health, Education

Implementing partner

Danish Red Cross and following implementing partners: A RCRC consortium consisting of IFRC, 9 European national societies and the 5 national societies in the countries plus the Palestinian Red Crescent that operates in Lebanon with the Palestinian refugees there.


Turkish Red Crescent Society; Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay);Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay), Syrian, host communities and IDP

Duration (months)


EU Contribution (EUR)

34,838,017.00 EUR - 70.68 % of total cost. Contracted under EUTF funding.


Summary of the Action

Main objectives

The overall objective is to improve wellbeing, resilience and peaceful co-existence among vulnerable refugee and host communities in countries affected by the Syria crisis, contributing to overall stability in the region. 

The specific objectives are
1. Refugees from Syria and host communities are more self-reliant and resilient to prevalent risks and local conflicts (all countries)
2. Refugees from Syria and host communities have improved health and psychosocial well-being.
3.RCRC Host National Societies in the region have strengthened their capacity and enhanced their ability to reach out to most vulnerable groups within the refugees and host communities


5 existing Community Centres:
İstanbul; Mardin; Kahramanmaraş; Kayseri; Hatay; Kilis                    
5 new Community Centres to be opened in Gaziantep; Mardin; Kahramanmaraş; Kayseri;  Hatay

Expected results

1. To provide economic opportunities to refugees and community people in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey. The expected outcomes are that the communities are provided with a diverse range
of employment and income opportunities through livelihood programming; support to public vocational trainings, job centres, vocational and business skills training and income generation activities.
2.  Communities will also have improved knowledge and be enabled to manage the risks facing them through holistic assessment of needs, risks, vulnerabilities and capacities through participatory VCA and baselines; contingency plans, public awareness and public education in risk reduction, evacuation plans; training in in risk reduction, first aid, safe shelter awareness.
3. Members of the refugee and host communities will have opportunities to learn new skills, build on past experiences and share and apply this knowledge in practice.
4. To strengthen the social cohesion of communities in Turkey as communities provide protection and security for all of their members and have the capacity to draw on formal and informal community networks of support to identify problems, needs and opportunities, establish priorities and act for the good and inclusion of all in the communities.

Target groups

Refugees and host communities people (women, men, girls and boys) - total number of people to be reached in three years will be 210.000 for 10 Community Centres and 70.000 per year

Main outputs

1. Increased economic self-reliance and increased access to essential livelihood opportunities for vulnerable refugees and host community members
2. Increased capacity to effectively manage risks and to adequately respond to prevalent threats
3. Target communities are empowered to promote social cohesion and active community- driven development
4. Increased access to inclusive and high quality health services for vulnerable refugees from Syria and host communities'
5. Enhanced awareness among the target population on key public health risk and adaptation of good hygiene practices
6. Improved psychosocial well-being of targeted families
7. The involved RCRC NS have sustainable institutional and organizational capacity and are collaborating on various levels (local, regional, national) with relevant authorities and communities

Main activities

 1. Initiate labour market analysis studies or needs assessments and consultations with stakeholders to determine vocational and business skill trainings.
2. Equip public vocational training- and job centres and community centres to support training
3. Provide vocational training and support to small businesses development
4. Based on the social cohesion analysis of findings, determine initiatives for social cohesion for refugee and host communities
5. Organize health education activities through home visits, community meetings and health awareness campaigns.
6. Provide mobile basic health care outreach services for most isolated refugee and host communities and establish referral systems for secondary health care
7. Plan and organise hygiene promotion activities at household and community levels
8. Training of community volunteers and social workers in community based psychosocial support
9. Support and mainstreaming of psychosocial support activities for children, adolescents, men and women and with other outreach activities
10. Training needs assessments and training conducted for staff and volunteers
11. Psychosocial support training for field staff and volunteers
12. Sensitization and training in volunteer management for field staff and senior volunteers


Progress of Action as of 31.07.2017

State of progress