Tiffany Circle members worldwide are committed to the work of the Red Cross, the world’s largest humanitarian relief organization.
With a significant global reach, and a presence in 192 countries across the world, the Red Cross acts before, during and after natural disasters, health emergencies and conflicts to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. And it does so without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. Its volunteer base ensures the harnessing of local knowledge leading to increased sustainability. The Red Cross neutrality provides the organization with unparalleled access in situations where other organization may not be able to operate.
And it does so regardless of nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
As a new member, you will be able to become directly involved in the work of the Red Cross and you will also become part of the international Tiffany Circle network. You will get the chance to go behind the scenes of relief and development operations and obtain first-hand knowledge about the impact of the programmes on people’s lives. You will have the opportunity to be responsible for an irreplaceable gift: improved lives and chances for vulnerable women in Switzerland and abroad.
As part of its international commitment, TCS (Tiffany Circle Switzerland) has taken on the mission of providing help and support to vulnerable women in Syria. In parallel, on a Swiss scale, their project is to develop a legal support allowing migrants to find the relatives from whom they would have been separated during their migration.
A country where the stigma of war is still so fresh. A country where there is so much to rebuild. Buying back livestock, reviving family farms, coaching women to create dairy products to sell, enabling these communities to become self-sufficient again, this is what the Swiss Tiffany Circle’s commitment will allow.
As the crisis in Syria goes into the tenth year, the scale, severity, and complexity of the humanitarian needs continue to increase. The financial crisis in Lebanon, the volatility of currency and the socio-economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic is challenging more than ever the economic situation of vulnerable population affected by the war in Syria, who are increasingly finding difficulties in meeting their basic needs and rebuilding their livelihoods.
This intervention will target 100 women headed households to increase their revenue through the provision of equipment and basic business management knowledge so that they can resume their home-based dairy production. The objective is to sell these dairy products in the local market, providing an additional income to these women, who are largely working with very meagre daily salaries and without social security. This intervention targets women-headed households specifically and will in the selection of the women, consider additional vulnerabilities such as supporting elderly family members, family members with disabilities and/or large families. The project will provide the necessary equipment needed to start the process of producing cheese and other dairy products. The women have access to active local markets, which are well known for selling dairy products and will be able to sell their homemade dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, and ghee. To start the project will target 3 different villages in Deir Ezzor region.
- Ayyash (15’000 inhabitants)
- Kharyta (9’000 inhabitants)
- Anaba (1’900 inhabitants)
The project aims at providing additional income and financing that beneficiaries can use to improve their specific household needs. As the main needs in Syria are linked with the very basic needs of food, shelter, clean water and healthcare.
Crisis affected women headed households improve their income-generating activities
The first outcome is the support to hundred families in rural Deir Ezzor with income generating activities. Hundred women will be provided with equipment (in-kind kits) so they can make dairy products and sell them in the local market. These women are heads of their households and therefore will use the income generated from the sale of the products as an additional contribution to the family spending. The women will be empowered to better improve their living conditions, as well as improve their dignity in becoming more financially capable. The estimated number of family members in Syria is five people.