On May 5th, the humanitarian community in Sudan officially launched the “Humanitarian Response Plan 2015” to provide assistance to 5.4 million people across the country with a total cost of over US$ I billion. The HRP 2015 will help National Non-Governmental Organizations (NNGOs), the main implementing humanitarian partners, in close collaboration with the humanitarian actors in Sudan, to respond in a timely manner to the most critical and acute needs.
In her address at the HRP 2015 official launching ceremony, Almanar Voluntary Organization’s Executive Director, Dr. Nadia Ali, representing NNGOs, explained that NNGOs, guided by the principles of humanity, independence, neutrality and impartiality, were fully involved in the whole process to draft the HRP 2015,. “All of the comments and suggestions provided by the NNGOs were incorporated in the HRP 2015. Various Monitoring and Evaluation and Finance Units have provided the data used to compile the document,” said Dr. Ali.
To respond to the humanitarian needs in Sudan, 112 humanitarian partners will work together to implement approved projects in the HRP 2015. As emphasized by Dr. Ali, “humanitarian needs are growing in Sudan, and donors need to mobilize more funds to ensure timely and effective response to those needs,”
Not all women are aware of the best practices to feed their babies healthy and rich nutrients and therefore minimize risks of getting sick and malnourished. Almanar Voluntary Organization nutrition officer educate women, when they come to its nutrition centers, on the best ways to feed their babies and keep them healthy.
Photo: Almanar Voluntary Organization staff educates mothers on feeding babies tips.
A senior joint delegation from the European Commission (EC) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has paid an official visit, on 11 February 2015, to Almanar Voluntary Organization premises in Khartoum and met with the Executive Director and other senior staff. During the meeting, the EC, SIDA delegation was briefed on Almanar humanitarian activities in Khartoum, South and West Kordofan and the progress of the projects funded by the EC. The delegation has get first-hand experience on Almanr activities while meeting paralegals and women cooperative who explained how they benefited from small grants to establish business and handcrafts. These activities have helped women to increase their income and better support their families.
#Almanar Voluntary Organization has participated, on 3 February 2015, in the workshop organized by the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) – Sudan, on the standard allocation process and submission of concept notes for 2015. The training aimed to provide #CHF implementing partners with background on the 2015 CHF allocation process and practical and operational guidance on how to submit project Concept Notes using the Grant Management System (GMS) The workshop has drawn wide participation from the eligible organizations of the CHF 2015. The one day workshop has covered several issues such as CHF standard allocation process, submission of concept notes in the GMS and cross-cutting issues and accountability to affected population.
Keeping our environment clean and sustainable is one of the Millennium Development Goals #MDGs. #Almanar Voluntary Organization used to mobilize its volunteers and youth to participate in cleaning and health promotion campaigns in Khartoum state.
Photo: Almanar Voluntary Organization staff and volunteers participating in a cleaning campaign in Dar Al Salam - Omdurman