"Protect Civilians Before They Are Hit by Mass Violence"
Organized by: Daniel J Gerstle
Bridge under the Bridge?
June 18, 2017
UPDATE JUNE 19, 2017 ===>
We have now completed core research, design, focus groups, and video interviews in Bosnia (Sarajevo, Dobrinja, Goražde), Afghanistan (Parwan, Nangarhar, Kabul), and Ukraine (Avdiivka, Prvomaisk, Slavyansk, Donetsk). That included most recently the infamous Goražde "bridge under the bridge." an amazing innovation which saved a lot of lives, which we'll show you.
Others are ready to contribute survivor technique content from Iraq (Mosul), Palestine (Gaza), and retro stories of the Second World War (Berlin, Hamm). That's for the advisory and production side of our project, but what about delivery?
We now connected with an organization which may be a good partner in Venezuela where we will likely run the first test of bringing survivor techniques from previous emergencies to better shape trainings and tools for local self-protection in Venezuela in case the serious crisis there turns to mass violence.
Although we can't help everyone, it won't hurt to have all of your help to produce a "How Civilian Survive" manual, documentary, training modules, and tools. And it won't hurt if some communities in Venezuela learn how to set up a first aid station, evacuate disabled, and prepare shelters either way.
The exciting thing about our project design is, once we have the core content, it will be highly adaptable. Whether a newly-threatened family is in Venezuela, or Estonia, or a new part of Sudan, we will be able to provide a place for them to get answers, get training, and pose "how to" questions to those who have been through it before, through local channels rather than simply waiting for international aid to arrive, which can take months.
Thanks to all who helped so far, and will help again! If you know anyone who can help support, we are urgently seeking about $1000 in core funds for design and production, $3000 urgent for the Afghan team costs, and $2000 for cash grants to survivors in Mosul who can demonstrate disabled or childcare in the combat environment, which we will try to set up via War Child UK.
Any help is important! Donors can request their funds to focus on something specific and can choose the reward of Webinar training. Onward!
UPDATE MAY 8th 2017 ===>
SUPPORT US as we must catch up on costs for our Afghan field team, as well as extension of our Ukraine field work and core video post-production! Our goal is to raise another $2000 or more these next two weeks... Sign up for webinars, request trainings, donate, or volunteer... Webinar and training options can be found on our site at Humanitarianbazaar.org.
While prioritizing funding for the Afghan and Ukraine work, we have been lucky also in Bosnia, which we covered out of pocket while providing a workshop here. With these multicountry pilot interventions and video of our work, we can complete the first War Survivors documentary, training modules, and manual. YOUR SUPPORT will help us bring this package as a proposal to the UN and larger international organizations to adopt this new approach into global emergency preparedness and early warning protection for vulnerable civilians...
Although CIVIC and Handicap International have done similar research, we are currently the only team that we know of innovating this approach. = Harvesting the wisdom of past war survivors to speed up the learning curve of those civilians facing mass violence for the first time. Special shout out to our advisors in the field--Afghanistan (Omaid, Abasin, Shaheed, Naiem), Ukraine (Yura, Sasha, Oleksii, Kseniya, Almut), Bosnia (Faruk, Amra, Jasmina, Zeljko), and many more. THANKS TO ALL WHO DONATED SO FAR!
UPDATE APRIL 4th 2017 ===>
Thanks to all who supported so far! Our Afghan team has gone faster than our campaign, so we have to speed fundraising efforts. More urgently now, one of our key team members is having a very serious family emergency and his wife in the hospital, so we need to rally everyone to raise about 1000 to solve our team member's family emergency as soon as possible!
SUPPORT HERE. If you know anyone else who can support us and/or wants to sign up for Web training which generate funds for this project, please let them and me know as soon as humanly possible! Also, for trust you're welcome to talk to the field team and bypass us and donate directly, if you prefer. Thanks so much to those who helped so far! Peace, hugs, and humanism, - Daniel
UPDATE MARCH 27th 2017 ===>
Hey everyone! Thanks again! (Or in Russian "spasyebo" or Pashto language "deira manana"!) Our field teams in Afghanistan and Ukraine are working on assessment tools and translations and getting ready for the next round when funding catches up.
Now as promised, we are catching up with rewards for donors. Please share and let people know that while anyone who donates $20 or more gets thank you credit in the War Survivors documentary and manual and a huge hug, donors of $50 or more can join or schedule any of our HB Webinars listed at the link here! If you give $100 or more, you may choose two HB Webinars or have one Webinar combined with a personal consultation or call in with you or your organization.
We will be scheduling them for the first people who contact us and then posting times and adding people as we go. Check it out here. ===> http://humanitarianbazaar.org/consulting-training/
UPDATE March 18th 2017 ===>
Thanks to all who have supported our teams in Eastern Ukraine, Afghanistan, and globally! We believe very strongly that there must be more attention to delivering civilian protection tools and training more broadly BEFORE combat in newly at-risk areas. However, the vast majority of aid comes AFTER combat has already hit many communities. That's why we ask for your support to help us innovate tools alongside local war survivors. With this support, we can build partnerships with UN and aid coordinating bodies, larger organizations, and add new methods that local survivors we have met along the way have innovated at low/no cost when aid agencies were too slow to get to them. And we focus on mothers, disabled, and elderly. Sound meaningful?
The starter documentary (20 minutes) has been really tough not only because of the sensitivity of protecting people in violence, but also the translation as we filmed interviews in English, Russian, Dari, Pashto, Bosnian, Somali, and Arabic! So, these teasers will help show people elements until we release the main one. All the support we get now for this first phase, will empower us to have a full package of achievement and community we can bring to the larger foundations to get longer term grants to bring this deeper into the field.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING OUT!!!
-- Daniel & the HB team
CALL TO ACTION | We can do more to reduce harm to civilians caught in the crossfire of war. Read below and donate to support our fundraiser! For more detail on how our project works go here ===> War Survivors Advisory.
Every day people in Aleppo, Mosul, Sana'a, Donetsk, and many other places are struggling to solve the most violent challenges since the Second World War, and most help comes too late. Our team at Humanitarian Bazaar created the War Survivors Advisory as a multimedia project harvesting the wisdom of survivors of past wars to create advocacy and training tools to help protect civilians newly at risk. Here's how. ===>
1. DONATE (OR GIVE A CHRISTMAS OR HANNUKAH GIFT OR MEMORIAL) TO HELP US CREATE NEW TOOLS TO IMPROVE PROTECTION FOR FAMILIES AT-RISK
===> $10 = Get your name (or giftee or honoree's name) credited "Special thanks!" in the "How to Survive War" training manual we are already writing together with not just experts, but local survivors you are helping to sponsor in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Somalia, Syria, and Ukraine. The manual solves the gaps which remain in humanitarian response and will go with delivery of trainings and tools in newly at risk communities. We'll also email you a PDF version of the first edition!...
===> $20 = Get the above + We'll also add your name (or honoree's name) in the "Special thanks!" credits of the documentary film we are already producing on tthe ground as a global introduction to the War Survivors Advisory...
===> $50 = Get the above + Let's also send you a thank you letter which describes how your support was used. For example, JW's contribution went to help Olga I., and 88 year old survivor of both the Second World War and the recent war in eastern Ukraine, whose house burned down because artillery blew out the power transfer. But since the shell didn't hit the house directly, she didn't qualify for humanitarian aid. She demonstrates how, as an elderly and disabled person, she took cover during shelling... (Above rewards coming: MK)
===> $100 = Get the above + Choose either (a) skype phone call with a survivor researcher or survivor demonstrator to learn directly how your support is helping, or (b) receive an early draft of the film or training videos and give feedback we can include as we move the project forward... (Above rewards coming: JK)
===> $200 = All of the above + Our director Daniel and/or our field team will conduct an online / video conference call presentation or training about any related humanitarian topic for an audience of your choice (work mates? aid workers? journalist? family? church group? students?)...
===> $500 = All of the above + Our founder Daniel, or field team, will deliver a full, well-crafted presentation or training in person or by quality edited video for an event or organization, (b) provide direct one-on-one training, couching, or advising, or (b) Daniel will literally write you a song and record it on video and send it to you :D...(Above rewards coming: JW / honoree)
===> $1000 = All the above + Your credits in the book and documentary will be bumped up to Associate Producer, and (a) we will call you and send you drafts to get your feedback if you like, and/or (b) you can sponsor a specific community or team and have a couple calls with them to see how they are shaping the project with your support...
===> $2000 = All the above + We will give you (a) a video walk-through tour of a project site where families are at-risk so you can see how the project is involving on the ground and meet multiple team members or participants, and/or (b), if you can cover your travel costs, come visit one of our safe locations where we are instead talking to former war survivors of past events. (We would welcome you to personal monitoring visits of the at-risk sites, but we wouldn't be able to cover liability or guarantee your safety.)...
===> $5000 = All of the above + Serve as co-producer of the project with regular participation in our planning, coordination, monitoring, filming, and distribution for six months.
===> $10,000 = All of the above, but co-producer role extended to 12 months!
PROGRESS SO FAR
We already launched Phase One in Afghanistan (Aug 2016), Ukraine (Nov 2016), and Somalia (coming next in Dec 2016) with the minimum private donations which can see here as we share video and photos along the way. With your help we will build on this to improve quality and increase the numbers of families we can help. We also hope to expand it to help families in tough places such as Syria and Yemen.
If you are a civilian war survivor yourself, you may also contribute video or recommendations. Let us know if you wish it to be applied to our whole project (flexible) or a specific aspect of the project (certain country, community, or survival technique).
2. WITH YOUR SUPPORT, WE REACH SURVIVORS
With your support we work with current and past conflict-affected communities to (a) cover costs of local war survivors to help us conduct focus group discussions, film interviews, and run our survey, (b) award local civilians who can share unique survival techniques or amazing stories, and (c) cover our core team's costs for bringing all these stories together into tools which everyone can use. Then ===>
3. WE BUILD ADVOCACY & TRAINING TOOLS
With survivor video discussions, interviews, and survey statistics, we are building an online multi-media archive authored by all these wise people with firsthand experience. While opening this platform to aid politically non-partisan advocacy to uphold the Geneva Conventions and human rights standards for the prevention of harm to civilians in war, we are also producing these tools. ===>
(a) "How to Survive" documentary (which already includes survivors showing how they prepared bomb shelters, tarped windows, created low tech alarms, used crossfire blinds, created protective shields for infants, and much more;
(b) a "Civilian Survival Skills" handbook and trainers guide authored by our project participants; and
(c) "Protection recommendations" for humanitarian agencies and donors to help innovate new approaches for "pre-harm" protection since most current interventions are "post-harm."
Once we complete Phase One with your help, then we will have the foundation to move to Phase Two and apply for longer term humanitarian innovation grants from foundations. Either way, the handbook and documentary will live on and be shared forward. Sounds like a lot, but we've already don't the hard part and will be sharing as we go. ===>
4. WE DELIVER SURVIVAL TOOLS ON THE GROUND
With your support, allowing us to provide cash-for-work grants to survivors of past wars to help us create the tools, we then need to be ready whenever mass violence looks likely somewhere, to quickly call local hospitals, fire departments, youth groups, and other community groups who will likely be first responders.
We make sure they are introduced and screened by UN coordination bodies, and then have one of our closest team members or advisers get there on the ground to train the local first responders how to train local communities quickly.
We can't help everyone, and we must avoid politics and partisanship. But if we can help even one elderly couple learn how to tarp their window so that it doesn't hurt someone in a blast, or help a mother to build a protective crib to protect an infant from shrapnel, then we will succeed!
READY TO HELP? THANK YOU!