Project profile — Civil Defence (White Helmets) in Syria: Strengthening Inclusive Emergency Assistance


Stichting Mayday Rescue Foundation
2017-02-14 - 2018-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
IFM International Security

Country / region 

• Syria (100.00%)


• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to strengthen emergency assistance to all Syrians in need, particularly women and girls, through support to the Syrian Civil Defence. The Syrian Civil Defence, also know as the White Helmets, is providing essential life saving emergency assistance to civilians in Syria since the beginning of the war. The project seeks to increase the number of trained women able to work as volunteer emergency responders with the organization. Project activities include: (1) recruiting and training new female volunteers; (2) providing them with basic equipment and a monthly stipend; and (3) providing support for the establishment of emergency service centres in Syrian communities where women can access services from women volunteers.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) an increased number of women are able to volunteer with the Syrian Civil Defence; (2) an increased number of women are engaged in decision making positions within the organizaiton’s management; (3) Syrian Civil Defence provides emergency response services to more people; and (4) the Syrian Civil Defence increasingly recognizes the contribution of women to emergency response.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2018) include: (1) 12% of Syria Civil Defence volunteers are women, which increased from less than 2%; (2) 479 women volunteers were supported by Canada; (3) 31 women volunteers were recruited to provide medical and social services to women and their children; and (4) 96% of women in Syria Civil Defence responded with ‘absolutely yes’ or ‘yes’ when asked if they felt they were valued for their work within their sectors.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $2,119,217
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
14-02-2018 Disbursement $1,669,217
31-03-2018 Disbursement $224,764
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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