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From the office

It's been a busy few months as we continue to recruit, train and deploy humanitarians to where they're needed most. A lot of our attention remains on Syria, as we continue to send our people to Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq to support relief efforts. With Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp bursting at the seams, we were glad to catch up with returned Sydney civil engineer, Nagendra Adhikari, and hear about his work planning Azraq, a new camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Nagendra is preparing to go back to finish the work he started with UNHCR.

Top: Nagendra on-site in Za'atari.
Above: Levelling for Azraq
There has been renewed focus on the Syria crisis in the Australian media. Daryll Ainsworth, a logistician from Wodonga, was interviewed by Channel 7 news and award-winning journalist Steve Pennells from the West Australian. The news team's aim was to make the scale of the crisis more understandable to Australian audiences, filming in various locations in Jordan and on the border. Our deployees found time in their busy schedules to welcome the news team and brief them on the work RedR Australia has been doing in the camp. UNHCR Representative to Jordan, Andrew Harper, commended the work of our people, and was very proud of the contribution Australians are making.

As the crisis continues, we will continue to send more of our people to the region to support our UN partner agencies.

Our training team has been busy lately delivering water, sanitation and hygiene and camp operations training at the University of Hawaii, security training for the Mission Aviation Fellowship in Papua New Guinea, and working with Noetic on Australian Civilian Corps training in Canberra. The next few months will be action-packed, with Essentials of Humanitarian Practice, Personal Security and Communications, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Emergencies courses being run in Dookie, Victoria.

From the field

Engaging communities in disaster relief
In the seven months since Typhoon Bopha wreaked havoc across Mindanao in southern Philippines, government agencies and humanitarian organisations have partnered to make significant progress in rebuilding the shattered region.

Given the scale of the damage and with the looming rainy season bringing extreme weather, local communities have proactively sought greater input and collaboration with the government on plans for long-term shelter and livelihood rehabilitation.
Read more.

Ene-Mai, Stewart and Mel on the job, with OCHA Philippines.

Current field activity
40 in the field specialising in:

  • humanitarian protection
  • water, sanitation and hygiene
  • education in emergencies
  • resource mobilisation
  • reporting, monitoring and evaluation and donor relations
  • public information and communications
  • logistics
  • electrical engineering
  • shelter
  • camp management
  • public health
  • information and communications technology
  • nutrition
  • humanitarian coordination

in 16 countries:

Iraq (for Syria)
Jordan (for Syria)
Lebanon (for Syria)
Solomon Islands
Switzerland (HQ)

Upcoming training courses

Essentials of Humanitarian Practice
12 - 17 September
14 - 19 November

Personal Security and Communications

22 - 25 August
19 - 22 September
21 - 24 November

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Emergencies

7 - 13 October

Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies
16 - 21 March

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