Boko Haram’s systematic and violent attacks on civilians across North East Nigeria sparked the fastest growing refugee crisis in Africa. Over 7 million people lacked access to food, water, safe shelter and sanitation facilities and were in urgent need of humanitarian support. In response, Plan International launched the ‘Emergency assistance for families affected by the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria’ which JOA supported in November 2016.
As a result of the support, Plan International has provided life-saving assistance to over 30,000 people affected by the insecurity, and provided them with the vital support they needed to survive and recover.
The purpose of Plan International’s emergency response was to provide immediate relief and support to 53,700 people, including 32,200 children, in Borno and Adamawa states in North East Nigeria. Their response focused on providing food and emergency relief packages to the most vulnerable families, including shelter materials, clothing, mattresses and other essential household items.
Specifically, Plan have:
- Distributed food packages to 2,673 families
- Placed 2,543 children with family members or foster families
- Distributed emergency and reunification kits to 2,362 people
- Provided psychosocial support to 9,393 people
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Take a look at this blog piece on CARE International UK‘s work in Yemen developed by Humanitarian Programme Coordinator for the MENA region, Antoine Esteban. The piece highlights the current situation and future activities in regards to Care’s WASH and cholera programming, supported by JOA.
We are now seeking a Non-States Commissioner to join our six-member governing board with effect from March 2018. Subject to your confirmation by the States Assembly, you will serve a renewable three-year term of office, joining a dedicated group of highly-motivated volunteers in overseeing and setting the direction of the Island’s international relief and development programme.
This non-remunerated position requires you to attend monthly meetings and to review grant applications for a range of emergency and development projects. We are looking for a Jersey resident with demonstrable interest in overseas aid, coupled with relevant transferable skills from your professional or personal experience.
Please send your CV and a covering letter to Deputy Carolyn Labey at email@example.com by Wednesday 3rd of January.
Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) announced today that its 2018 Community Work Projects will send Islanders to Tanzania, Mongolia and Lebanon.
Deputy Carolyn Labey, Chair of JOA, commented “Next year’s trips carry on proud the tradition of Jersey volunteers making a huge difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. These projects are truly life-changing, both for the host communities and the amazing Islanders who make them happen.”
Jersey Overseas Aid will officially launch these projects at a public event on Wednesday 18th October 7.30pm at St Paul’s Centre, St Helier. Please come along to find out more details! You may also register your interest already using the link below.
Jersey Overseas Aid and HelpAge International are delighted to announce a unique opportunity for Jersey residents: a one-year paid internship.
Whilst a career in international development can be incredibly rewarding, getting your first job can be hard. This exciting new internship programme – being launched today by Jersey Overseas Aid in partnership with Helpage International – will give someone from Jersey the chance to spend twelve months learning the ropes with the professionals, including six months on assignment in a developing country.
The main goal is to equip the successful candidate with the skills and experience necessary to enable them to take frontline roles with international relief and development organisations.
The intern will start work in February 2018 by spending a month in JOA’s office in St Helier, before transferring to HelpAge International’s HQ in London, where they will have an opportunity to work in a number of departments across the organisation. Full support will be provided throughout the year and a mentor will be appointed by Helpage, who will guide the process, and oversee learning and development. By May they will be ready for their first field posting, in one of HelpAge’s amazing projects in Asia, Africa or the Middle East.
HelpAge’s country programmes are incredibly diverse, from running unconditional cash transfers in humanitarian emergencies to working with governments to strengthen health systems and care for the elderly. This opportunity will give somebody valuable first-hand experience which can be used to progress their career in international development.
No age limit applies, and career-changers are welcome, but JOA are looking to recruit someone who is serious about embarking on a fulfilling but demanding new path, including being prepared to spend significant time in challenging places.
JOA plans to run this internship every year, with HelpAge and other selected charities (Practical Action is lined up for 2019). Over time, the goal is to build up a cadre of Jersey-connected development professionals working for different agencies around the world.
Carolyn Labey, Chair of JOA, said “As well as being a life-changing launch pad for several fortunate individuals, this will help translate the huge support for charity and philanthropy on our Island into concrete assistance for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.”
Jenny Moncada, Head of HR at HelpAge International, said “We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity as we recognise the industry can be a hard one to break into, we are looking forward to working alongside JOA to grow opportunities for access to employment for those people who are really committed to working in the international development sector.”
The deadline for applications is 13th October.
For more information, please click on the link in the menu above.
JOA’s dairy project in Rwanda was singled out in The National, the Middle East’s leading English-language newspaper, as being of ‘fundamental importance’. The article detailed the extraordinary outputs of Jersey’s long-term Artificial Insemination project in Rwanda, and also praised the team of Jersey volunteers who are just returning from a three-week work programme in that country. The team have been contributing to a WaterAid project bringing sanitation to poor communities. The National article noted that ‘such projects enrich lives and offer new hope to some of the world’s most disadvantaged people’.
Jersey Overseas Aid is now looking for a full-time Programme Officer to join its small professional team.
Reporting to the Director, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the monitoring and oversight of JOA grants, ensuring that projects are implemented in accordance with the highest standards of aid effectiveness. They will also play a key role in evaluating new projects, and in helping to communicate what we do to the Jersey public and the wider world. Based in St Helier, this exciting new role will help ensure that Jersey’s contribution to international aid provides both the maximum benefit for the world’s poor and the highest level of accountability for Jersey’s taxpayers
We are seeking a candidate with experience of delivering international aid in a field context. Your first-hand understanding of managing or monitoring projects in difficult environments enables you relate to the challenges facing our grantees, but also to spot risks and read between the lines. You have:
- Education to degree level in a relevant discipline;
- At least three years’ experience working for an international NGO, UN Agency, donor or private sector development organisation, with practical involvement in managing, implementing, commissioning, monitoring or evaluating projects;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Good analytical and research skills;
- Legal entitlement to work in Jersey (this job does NOT come with a Licence)
The deadline for applications is midday on Tuesday 5th September. Please see the Job Description on our Jobs page.
Jersey Overseas Aid and St John Ambulance, Jersey, have joined forces to pay the total costs of a specialist eye nurse at the St John Ophthalmic Hospital in East Jerusalem.
The St John Ophthalmic Hospital in East Jerusalem is one of the busiest eye treatment centres in the world and covers patients from Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem.
St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group (SJEHG) was established in 1882 and is the only charitable provider of expert eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. In 2016 they treated over 125,000 outpatients (including 42,000 children) regardless of race, religion or ability to pay, including performing over 4,800 major operations. It costs £8.3 million annually to run the hospital
Each St John Ambulance Commandery has responsibility for the two charitable foundations; St John Ambulance and the Ophthalmic Hospital. Until 2004, support from St John Ambulance, Jersey was restricted to funds collected at church services but in that year a decision was made to partially fund the salary of a nurse. The nurse is Muyasser Ghaneh, who wears a Jersey badge on her uniform
St John Ambulance, Jersey contributed £13,000 in 2017 which only partially covers her costs and the Jersey Overseas Aid has now matched that funding and a little more to cover the entire costs of the nurse for 2017.
Deputy Carolyn Labey, Chair of Jersey Overseas Aid, said “JOA is delighted to continue its support for the Eye Hospital in Jerusalem, and particularly pleased to do so in partnership with St John Ambulance, Jersey. By matching these heroic local fundraising efforts, Jersey Overseas Aid is able to magnify the wonderful generosity of Islanders. In this case, Team Jersey will have contributed to saving thousands of people’s eyesight.”
A party from Jersey spent three days in Lebanon last week, visiting activities supported by Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) and meeting project staff and beneficiaries.
The Jersey Overseas Aid delegation consisted of Deputy Carolyn Labey, Chair of JOA, and Simon Boas, its new Director. They inspected eight Jersey-funded activities in Beirut and the Bekaa Valley, including schools, training centres, counselling sessions, water trucking and a clinic. They met specialists from UNICEF in education, child protection, water, health and sanitation, and held interviews and focus groups with women and adolescents who had benefitted from different projects. They also interviewed staff from numerous local and international organisations, including Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Caritas and the Knights of Malta.
With a population of only around 6m, Lebanon has the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world, hosting more than 1.5 million Syrians, as well as large numbers of Palestinians, Kurds and Iraqis. This huge influx threatens the stability of the delicate sectarian balance, which is composed of 18 different religious groups. It also puts huge pressure on employment, housing, education and natural resources. The World Bank estimates that Lebanon has incurred losses of US$13.1 billion since 2012.
In October 2016, Jersey granted £475,000 to UNICEF for projects focused on needy children in Lebanon. Intervening at an early stage in people’s lives is often extremely cost effective, and with traumatised refugees it is even more so. Targeted education and health support for poor children affected by the crisis can help reduce their future needs, and increase the chance that they can be productive members of their society when they eventually return home.
Jersey’s donation has assisted over 110,000 children return to formal education, and helped provide safe water for drinking and domestic use for almost 100,000 people, many of whom live in crowded makeshift camps. The Island’s money also contributed to vocational training for older children and breast-feeding and vaccination interventions for infants.
Carolyn Labey commented: “It is humbling to see the fantastic work being conducted by UNICEF and its partners with funding from Jersey. For the price of a few pounds each, the people of our Island have helped transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the world. Furthermore, by helping refugee families in this region, we are increasing the chance that they will one day participate in the reconstruction of their tragic country. I’m incredibly proud of what we’re achieving here, and I’m sure the people of Jersey are too. We have not stood idly by, during one of the worst humanitarian crises since the war.”
The JOA team also received a special briefing from the Director of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) inside Syria, who came from Damascus to meet them. He outlined the main challenges facing the UN and NGOs operating in Syria, and analysed how the situation is likely to evolve in 2017. Through OCHA, Jersey has been able to support emergency projects inside the war-torn country, including air-drops of food to besieged areas.
Simon Boas, who spent his career running aid programmes in developing countries before joining JOA, said “Trips like this are terrifically useful, as they give donors – and the taxpayers they represent – the chance to monitor and verify the activities they have funded. They also help us target future assistance more effectively. In fact, by enabling us to build connections with staff inside target countries, we become able to fund programmes like UNICEF’s directly, rather than through their UK umbrella organisations, which can actually save us money.”
The Syrian civil war has killed around 316,000 people since 2011 and displaced over 11 million, of whom around 5 million have fled abroad. JOA’s response to this appalling humanitarian crisis has been to focus assistance on Jordan, Lebanon and within Syria itself, to provide lifesaving assistance and to help people stay in or near their homes.
On 20 February famine was officially declared in South Sudan, the first time this has happened anywhere in the world for six years. In technical terms, this means that the situation has reached level 5 of the Integrated Phase Classification of Food Security. In practical terms, it means that people are actually dying of hunger.
Jersey Overseas Aid has been following the deteriorating situation closely. In 2016 JOA made eight emergency grants of £30,000 to agencies working to alleviate the crisis. The additional £200,000 announced today will be split between the British Red Cross and Plan International.
The money will pay for food rations, hygiene kits, water purification tablets, shelter items and essential medical supplies. Carolyn Labey, Chair of Jersey Overseas Aid, commented: “Jersey will not stand by while people die of starvation. We are in constant contact with the major relief agencies, and are directing our response to the places it is needed the most.”
A major cause of the situation is the past three years of conflict, which has led to widespread displacement of people, economic collapse and disruption to agriculture. However, the crisis is exacerbated by severe drought, which has ruined crops and killed millions of livestock in other countries in East Africa. As always, sickness follows in hunger’s wake: diseases such as cholera are joining acute malnutrition as a major public health emergency.
1.1 million people in South Sudan face imminent starvation; War-torn Somalia is also on the brink of famine; Kenya has declared a national emergency because of the drought; Ethiopia has 5.6m in need of food assistance and 435,000 children already suffering from severe acute malnutrition; and Uganda is struggling to cope with around 750,000 desperate S. Sudanese refugees, a number rising by 4,000 every day.
The modern humanitarian system has never had to cope with so many children needing treatment for hunger at the same time. Overall, more than 20 million people across the region need urgent assistance. As the UN Secretary General António Guterres warned, “The lives of millions of people depend on our collective ability to act. We have heard the alerts. Now there is no time to lose.”
Tanya Barron, CEO at Plan International UK, said “We are incredibly grateful for this grant from Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA), which will go towards helping millions of people on the brink of starvation in the drought and famine affected areas of East Africa.”
Ben Webster, Head of Emergencies at the British Red Cross, said “Hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan are in a desperate situation without shelter, food or access to safe water. Families have been separated and many people who fled the fighting are now living in the bush. They are in urgent need of help. We would like to thank the people of Jersey and the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission for their support in reaching those in need.”
The announcement coincides with the launch of an appeal for East Africa by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). Jersey residents who wish to help are encouraged to donate through the DEC appeal, which supports 13 major UK relief agencies.
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