- Since 2014, with a registered office in Turkey, Violet continues to respond to emergencies in Syria in most humanitarian sectors. Your programs cover food security and livelihood, non-food items and shelter, education, health. Given the length of the conflict and the increase in the number of people in need, how do you evaluate the overall emergency response? What are the key challenges that remain?
Violet evaluates the emergency response in northern Syria as a low-funding response and this funding is still declining continuously. Since the displacement crisis in Syria it increased dramatically in 2017 and large numbers began to displace to Idlib from Damascus, Aleppo, Daraa, and Homs. Violet started establishing the initial emergency response program within the first 48 hours which mainly includes safe evacuations, first aid, medical care, PFA, emergency kits, shelter kits, ready to eat rations, cooked meals and urgent relief.
2. Violet launches several campaigns, just to name few #For_Idleb, Hopes, Idleb Under Fire. Can you provide a short assessment of the campaigns and their success?
Violet relied on its design of the emergency response program to launch individual donation campaigns and campaigns that mobilize community resources, as they are flexible resources that can be initiated and used within the first hours. Then this depends on the resources of partners and donors from international organizations and United Nations offices. Violet launches these popular campaigns usually through the internet, social networks and in community, and succeeded in mobilizing resources and absorbing the first shock resulting from the displacement of large numbers of community. For example, the Hotline Initiative, which contributed at zero cost by the organization, to securing permanent housing for 5400 IDPs from Maarat al-Numan, from resources and vacant shelters provided by community donors, whether they are individuals or civil society activists.
3. In your campaigns volunteering is also at the forefront promoted, could you please evaluate your experience in this regard?
At the forefront of all these campaigns was reliance on human resources of the community, where Violet trained more than 7,000 people to be ready for the initial emergency response from the community, and the organization also worked to recruit 1,000 of them in its ranks as volunteers, and providing them with the appropriate mechanisms and tools to complete the response.
4. Can you please focus on the latest emergency response program you have implemented and share with us its results?
During the past two years, Violet has been in the leadership of many emergency responses, especially the leadership of zero points during the evacuations, and has invented a lot of mechanisms and response methods. These new mechanisms must be taken into consideration and well-studied in order to design future responses.
5. How do you assess the importance of coordination and communication in humanitarian emergency response and the role played by the NGO Forum, could you please elaborate?
Essentially, the organization is trying to reflect the response mechanisms it carries out in the first 48 hours of any crisis, over its projects with international partners, but it still collides with bureaucratic obstacles and the mechanisms of work and documentation that prevent this response from being realized in the first moments. Therefore, Violet recommends meetings with donors to explain the response mechanisms, experiences and lessons learned in the Syrian context, and a mechanism to benefit from feedback for all past emergency responses and access to new mechanisms in the response can be adopted by many donors and international NGOs.