Violet is one of the latest organisations to obtain HPass Certified Status. We talked to Alaa Albakour, Youth and Women Empowerment Manager, about what this means for the organisation.
Why did Violet decide to get involved with HPass?
We decided to get involved with HPass in September 2019 because we wanted to be able to certify our training and show our commitment to the Humanitarian Learning Standards.
For us, the high-quality delivery of learning is necessary to enhance the community response and thus the humanitarian aid delivered from the community to the community. Violet Syria is eager to step up the training and change it to comply with the standards for the quality of the learning.
Localisation is a known topic around the humanitarian sector, however, for us local organisations it is difficult to reach the same standards as international organisations, as our access to certain resources and financial independence is very limited. The free HPass offer allowed us to reach certification and high-quality learning provision without depending on partners or project funding.
Violet has recently become an HPass Certified Learning Provider…what does it mean for your organisation?
The HPass Quality Review included the following two steps:
- An Internal Review which was conducted from an advisor from RedR UK and lasted four months.
- An External Quality Review which was conducted by HPass partner, Pearson, and lasted three months.
For us, HPass is a chance to enhance the quality of the learning we deliver by complying with the Humanitarian Learning Standards. It is also an opportunity for the youth and young women we are working with: a certificate does not only have a positive effect on the training delivery, but also on the status of the training among the community. When the learning shows that it complies with standards, then the volunteers have a larger added value to their professional careers: the training is not only initiated by a local NGO, but HPass certified and aligning with international standards. It would also allow us to become a role model in volunteer response in emergencies and youth and young women capacity building.
Are you planning to develop and use digital badges to recognise skills and learning?
Yes, we are planning to start using digital badges for training pathways. Digital badging will allow us to:
- Identify volunteers with relevant skills and track the completion of professional development targets, especially for the youth and young women.
- Motivate volunteers and learners to pursue professional development by enabling them to gain evidence of their achievements.
What do you think is the biggest challenge to humanitarian learning at the moment?
It’s about how we can improve the quality of learning for people and involve them in humanitarian learning, allowing them to be more effective in helping communities who are vulnerable to or affected by crises.
Would you recommend HPass to other organisations?
Yes, to increase efficiency and learning, which will be effectively reflected in their assistance to their communities, and to greatly improve humanitarian response.
HPass are proud to be working with Violet Organisation, and helping together to better promote international standards for humanitarians.
“HPass is a chance to enhance the quality of the learning we deliver by complying with the Humanitarian Learning Standards.“
– Alaa Albakour, Youth and Women Empowerment Manager, Violet Organisation
Learn more about Violet:
As a response to the Syrian conflict and deteriorating humanitarian situation in 2011, a number of young volunteers worked together to help deliver aid which kick started Violet Syria. Violet is a humanitarian organisation, founded in July 2011 and registered in Turkey as Menekşe Organizasyon Sosyal Yardımlaşma ve dayanışma Derneği in 2014. We have well-established projects that provide food, health, humanitarian aid, in-kind donations, livelihood projects and cash assistance to beneficiaries mainly in Idleb and Northern Aleppo.
Our Mission: Standing with the exploited, oppressed, and the poorest, in order to provide protection and to build a decent life for them. We aim to build a better society; striving for development while relying on a team of virtuous and selfless members, those who hold honesty and fairness as the highest ideals; to aid others around the world motivated by the love of God and humanity.
Our Vision: A team motivated by love and faith to provide aid to people in need around the world.
Violet is also supporting Syrian refugees in Turkey. The organisation‘s response is not only focused on emergency response, but on the immediate implementation of long-impact health, livelihood and education sector projects in its operational areas.