Objective: Help Syrian communities protect themselves against indiscriminate attacks
What we did:
In 2012, local councils in northern Syria told ARK staff they had no emergency services to respond to indiscriminate attacks; with no way to get people out of buildings that had collapsed, loved ones were being left to die in the rubble.
Working with an Urban Search and Rescue NGO partner, ARK provided training to teams of ordinary Syrian men and women, creating the search and rescue teams that are now known to the world as the White Helmets.
Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 and 2017, the White Helmets have to date saved over 114,000 lives.