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Being a humanitarian organization means helping everyone regardless of origin, skin color or religion, ensuring that our activities do not deepen local tensions.

 

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PCPM was established in 2006 and since then has implemented projects in Lebanon, Ukraine, Nepal, Peru, South Sudan, Uganda, Tajikistan, Palestine, Georgia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia and Bosnia and Herzegovina also Iraq, Peru, Burkina Faso. The core areas of our interest are disaster preparedness, health and education, shelter, secure livelihoods, and refugee assistance. PCPM has been the largest recipient of funds from the Polish Government (Polish Aid) for in the past years Its operational budget has reached 19.53 million PLN (approx. US$ 5.30 million) in 2017.

MISSION

The mission of the PCPM Foundation is to provide humanitarian, development and rescue assistance to those in need throughout the world, while maintaining the basic principles of humanitarianism, impartiality, neutrality and independence. In particular, we focus on providing aid to victims of armed conflicts and natural disasters. We direct our actions to those who need it the most – victims of humanitarian crises and inhabitants of developing countries. At the same time, we do not turn our backs on any other part of the globe. We are close, we do not judge. By acting on the international arena, we try to create a positive image of Poland as a country that shares its potential with others.

VISION

The PCPM Foundation is a non-governmental organization operating under the Polish flag on behalf of Polish institutions and individual donors. We work in the areas of humanitarian, development and rescue aid, using diversified sources of financing. We also have sustainable terrain structures and stable relationships with local partners. We help, we sympathize, we activate.

PCPM – Polish Center for International Aid is the largest development NGO and one of the largest humanitarian aid agencies in Poland. Funded primarily by the Government of Poland, focuses on:

DISASTER RESPONSE

featuring features a light and medium field hospitals, in line with WHO Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) guidelines:

  1. Type 1 EMT – light, rapid response, field medical post that can operate in rugged terrain for two weeks and is staffed by 16 staff;
  2. Type 2 EMT – 20-bed field hospital with a two-week self sufficiency and staffed by 30 staff (no surgical and x-ray capacity yet).

Deployment time: 24 hours.

PCPM EMT was deployed to Nepal in wake of the 2015 Earthquake

HUMANITARIAN AID

focusing primarily on refugees and internally displaced, as well as on immediate post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction:

  1. Emergency shelter in camp, non-camp and urban settings – PCPM specializes in securing refugees’ shelter through cash-based rental support (Cash for Rent in Lebanon and Ukraine), improvement of living conditions in the refugee camps (Arsal, Lebanon) and improvement of living conditions in urban settings (Beirut, Lebanon).
  2. Temporary shelter. PCPM rebuilt two villages in Nepal with temporary shetlers after the 2015 earthquake and provided 500 IKEA Houses for IDP camps and refugees in region of Mosul, Iraq.
  3. Cash assistance – PCPM provides:
    a) Conditional cash assistance for:
    • payment of rent for an apartment / other shelter (Cash for Rent in Lebanon and Ukraine),
    • winter-related purchase of fuel and clothing (Cash for Winterization).
    b) Unconditional Cash Assistance programs in line with country-specific cash assistance criteria (Lebanon).
  4. Public works and employment – PCPM supports transition of affected persons away from humanitarian aid through public works and Cash for Work programs (Lebanon, Ukraine)
  5. Social services, including health and education. Since 2014, PCPM operates a health and education center for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
  6. Rehabilitation of public services: PCPM rehabilitated schools in IDP-hosting regions of eastern Ukraine and clinics in Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda, the latter together with improved staff accommodation.

DEVELOPMENT AID

focuses on thematic areas that facilitate economic growth and job creation in Africa and Middle East:

  1. Disaster risk reduction and capacity building of emergency services. Since 2014, thanks to Polish Aid funding, PCPM has implemented largest fire brigade training program in Kenya that benefited over 40% of Kenya’s firefighters and facilitated establishment of fire-rescue services in several counties. PCPM is currently establishing a fire brigade academy, housed in the outskirts of Nairobi, that will train firefighters and rescue personnel from Kenya and other countries of Eastern Africa. In 2018, PCPM plans to produce first Kenya-manufactured fire truck that could be a role model rescue vehicle for Eastern Africa. PCPM-implemented fire brigade and ambulance training programs were also implemented in eight cities of Ethiopia, in South Sudan and Lebanon. In Georgia, PCPM trained local governments in disaster management and installed flood early warning systems. .
  2. Solar and hydro power. PCPM has provided solar lighting to over 500 rural schools (300,000 children) in southern Ethiopia and developed designs for several small- and medium-size solar power plants and electricity grids. PCPM is currently preparing construction of a water dam in Uganda’s Bidi Bidi refugee camp.
  3. Social / affordable housing. In coordination with the World Bank, PCPM is implementing Polish Government-funded social housing project in Burkina Faso that addresses acute shortage of houses for the poorest families, as well as provides on-job masonry training. Low-cost construction of houses, schools and granaries are an important element of addressing root causes of migratory movements and may be expanded to Niger and Mali.
  4. Support to agriculture and cooperatives in Lebanon, Palestine and Kenya. PCPM focuses on improved processing and marketing to increase value added of agriculture production and farmers incomes. PCPM facilitates expertoation of food prodcuts from Palestine and Lebanon to the EU market. In Palestine we pilot new water saving technologies, including improved treatment of sewage.
  5. Industrial zones. PCPM is partnering with UNDP and other UN Agencies in Kenya in an upcoming project that will see construction of several small- and medium industrial zones that will primarily benefit local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The greenfield development would include industrial plots, water and sewage network, road access, as well as a fire station and primary social services (health, education).

MAIN DONORS TO PCPM IN 2018-19

Polish Aid (Kenya, Lebanon, Palestine, Georgia)
● Government of Poland (Uganda, Burkina Faso, Iraq, Lebanon)
● EU / MADAD (Iraq, Lebanon)
● UN World Food Program (Lebanon)
● UN Lebanon Humanitarian Fund (Lebanon)
● Australian Aid (Lebanon)

In 2014-16, PCPM implemented programs funded by IOM / USAID (Ukraine) and UNHCR (Lebanon).

PCPM offices are located in:

● Beirut & Qubayat, Lebanon
● Kharkiv, Ukraine
● Kiambu, Kenya
● Bethlehem, Palestine
● Tbilisi, Georgia
● Dohuk, Iraq (planned for 2019)
● Burkina Faso (planned for 2019)