Thanks to Qlik, I will soon be embarking on the trip of a lifetime to visit our charity partner Medair in Lebanon. We will be introduced to the incredible work they are doing to support Syrian refugees through cash and health programs in the Bekaa Valley. I’m collecting donations that will go directly towards Medair’s health programs and help families meet short-term cash needs. I hope you will consider supporting the cause – no donation is too small. And if you want to multiply your support, please hit the "share" button to spread the word within your network.
MEDAIR'S WORK IN LEBANON
More than 361,000 refugees have sought shelter in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, many of them living in tent settlements on rented farmland. With the crisis in its sixth year, the level of funding available to support Syrian refugees is shrinking. These families need safe and warm places to live, they need health care, education, safe drinking water, sanitation, and food. Most of them are simply trying to survive until there is peace and they can return home.
Safe Places to Live – Medair provides families with new-arrival shelter kits, repair kits for existing shelters, and specialized shelter interventions for the elderly and disabled. They also work to improve the living conditions and safety of the settlements through site improvements and fire prevention, and we improve living conditions where refugees are renting rooms in substandard or unfinished buildings.
Health Care – Medair provides life-saving health and nutrition services to vulnerable women and children, and improves access to services for gender-based violence. They support and strengthen health clinics and the overall health system, and deliver community health promotion within the refugee settlements, including community midwives caring for pregnant women, new mothers, and their babies.
Mapping – In Lebanon, Medair identifies and maps all of the informal settlements located in Bekaa Valley, and is the lead agency for mapping the rest of the country. This mapping is utilised by the humanitarian community as an essential coordination tool so that everyone knows about areas of unmet urgent needs. This is important so that isolated families are not easily forgotten.
Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene – Medair provides safe drinking water and latrines as well as improving drainage and sanitation in the informal settlements, which means healthier places for families to live.
HOW MEDAIR USES QLIK
Medair exists to relieve suffering for the world’s most vulnerable and difficult-to-reach people. Qlik is helping to make this process better, faster and less expensive. In Lebanon, as part of Medair’s response to the Syrian Crisis, all program work is digitized. The team uses ODK and GIS to survey and map the scale, needs and location of the more than 1,000 informal settlements set up by Syrian refugees across Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. LMMS is then used to register beneficiaries and track distributions of life-saving supplies in real time. Qlik brings the data from these platforms together to provide coherent, actionable information, which is shared with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and other humanitarian organizations involved in responding to the needs of Syrian refugees.
WHY DATA ANALYTICS MATTER
Increase Visibility - Critical program narrative and financial data and analysis is widely available in a centralized repository
Identify Needs & Capabilities - Align needs and resources to improve project planning with key performance indicators in the pipeline
Empower Decision Making - Prioritize operational interventions, assess progress and better identify funding gaps for both institutional and private donors
Reflect - Widely share Medair’s activities and capabilities to deliver its vision internally, as well as increase transparency for a holistic and concise overview to donors’ requests
Learn - Transfer lessons across all programs and projects through the promotion of knowledge exchange that will include both good practice & vital learning from mistakes and shortfalls