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Header photo: Syrian girls ride bikes through the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan as part of a 16 day global campaign to end gender-based violence. Photo: UN Women. 

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Empowering Syrian Women and Girls in Jordan

Humanitarian Victoria McDonough left her 16 year old son in Australia whilst she returned to the Middle East to support some of the world's most vulnerable people; Syrian women and girls in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp. In this article, the gender based violence and psycho-social support specialist gives us her insights into the challenges faced by Syrian refugees including child labour and child marriage. She also tells us about the joy of seeing girls empowered by riding bikes for the first time and what it's like to take an Uber ride in Amman.

Syrian refugee women learn new skills at UN Women's Oasis program in the Za'atrari refugee camp in Jordan. Photo: Victoria McDonough.

Reducing Hazardous Waste in Africa

The World Food Programme (WFP) moves vast quantities of food during emergencies and operates a fleet of more than 800 trucks and 3600 passenger vehicles globally to support their work.

Environmental engineer Trish Morrow has spent the past six months travelling through six African countries reviewing WFP's environmental management in motor vehicle workshops and making recommendations on sustainable ways to implement more environmentally-friendly vehicle fleets. You can read more about her work here.


Trish Morrow with the WFP maintenance staff from the Wunrock workshop in South Sudan.




From the office



New Staff

RedR welcomed three new staff this quarter including our new Manager of Risk, Safety and Security David Simpson, Recruitment & HR Adviser Richard Gorham and communications specialist Robyn Hollands.

David joins us after more than a decade at World Challenge where he managed risk and security. Rick hails from Perth where he has spent the past five years recruiting for an engineering company and Robyn has extensive experience in branding and public relations in the arts and fashion sectors. 

WASH and Logistics Training for the Pacific

Our supporters funded seven key emergency responders from the Pacific to participate in RedR's Water and Sanitation in Emergencies and Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies courses in October. Participants came from non-government organisations as well as the National Disaster Management Offices in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands and the Ministries of Health in Fiji and the Solomon Islands.  Four were co-sponsored by the World Food Programme, two by Oxfam and one by UNICEF. A special thanks to those who gave to our End of Financial Year Appeal which enabled a number of the participants to join us.

RedR trainer Kathryn Harries explains water testing to participants in our WASH training.

Humanitarian Response Training for Australian Embassy Staff.

We provided humanitarian response training to 18 staff from embassies and consulates in nine Asian countries in November. The participants gathered in Hanoi for the four day course which included a simulation exercise.


From the Field

Karina Coates

Communications specialist Karina Coates is one of three RedR Experts on deployment in Iraq this month. The trio are responding to the humanitarian crisis unfolding as government forces attempt to retake the country's second largest city of Mosul, in Iraqi Kurdistan, from Islamic State.

Karina is working with the Food and Agricultural Organisation which is focused on supporting farmers and herders through the crisis. Here, she reflects on the challenge of farmers fleeing with unvaccinated livestock, the need to demine prime agricultural land and the destruction of irrigation canals and livelihoods.

Katrina Coates (left) and an FAO colleague observe a demining demonstration. Fields between this local village and irrigation canal will need to be demined before crops can be planted again.


Current field activity
31 in the field specialising in:

  • Cash and Voucher
  • Child Protection
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Education in Emergencies
  • Emergency Coordination
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Food Security
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Humanitarian Affairs Officer
  • ICT
  • Information Management
  • Logistics and Warehousing
  • Project Management
  • Protection
  • Psycho-social support
  • Structual engineering
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

in 21 countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Greece
  • Haiti
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • United States
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

Upcoming training courses

Essentials of Humanitarian Practice
8 - 13 Feb 2017 (3 places left)
19 - 23 April 2017

Personal Safety, Security & Communications
16 - 19 Feb 2017 (full)
27 - 30 April 2017 (almost full)
Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies
dates for 2017 to be confirmed

Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in Emergencies
dates for 2017 to be confirmed

Donate to RedR Australia

We have been helping communities impacted by humanitarian crises for over 20 years. Thanks to your support, we’ve prepared, deployed and supported more than 900 skilled people to work in the world’s toughest places and, this month, several will spend Christmas in Iraq. We are also using your donations to train local first responders in the Pacific Islands.

By making a regular or one-off donation to RedR Australia, your generosity helps to build our capacity, flexibility and independence to support international emergency relief efforts.

We also invite new corporate partners to join us in our humanitarian work. Partners support our work in a variety of ways: through sponsorship, technical expertise and advice, and volunteer engagement. Contact Emma Kettle for more information on how your organisation can help us make a difference.
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