EU Aid Volunteers' stories
© Alianza por la Solidaridad
Erika Bozzato (Italy) was an EU Aid Volunteer in the pilot project organised by Alianza por la Solidaridad in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, assisting refugees from Syria living in informal tented settlements and unfinished buildings. Supporting the hygiene promotion team, she was involved in awareness campaigns on safe water storage and sanitation facilities to help prevent water-related diseases and also worked on communication and developing new methodologies and evaluation tools.
© Save the Children
Jonathan Whitefield (United Kingdom) volunteered in Jordan through one of Save the Children's pilot projects. Jonathan described one of his first activities: “I managed a successful children's shoe distribution at an Informal Settlement in Amman. I had visited the Informal Settlement on three separate days before to assess, plan, and communicate our action, and on the day we distributed shoes to 358 children between the ages of 5 and 17 years. It was an excellent first project and I learnt a considerable amount, especially on security management, communication, beneficiary involvement, data management and building collaborative relationships.”
© Obermaier/Red Cross Netherlands
Chris Van Duuren (Netherlands) would consider himself a life-long volunteer. An active volunteer, Chris undertook a short-term deployment with the Netherlands Red Cross to Kosovo to support capacity building of local civil protection authorities. Chris and the team of EU Aid Volunteers worked closely with local fire fighters, hospital staff, police, Red Cross, government authorities and community service leaders. Together, a multi-agency disaster management response exercise to flooding was designed, to test and strengthen existing emergency response procedures. Chris and his team delivered training in vital skills required by front-line responders in an emergency (first aid, roof top rescues, identification of safety hazards, multi-agency cooperation).
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