Call for Proposals 2019
RDF started a bidding round for its second project on 28 January 2019. This call for proposals relates to community cohesion in Lebanon, in particular between refugees and host communities and projects that have a focus on gender equality.
The initial timeline for announcing the winning project was 11 March. However, due to the very large number of bids we have received, this will be extended until 25 March 2019.
Protecting Victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence and promoting Women's Empowerment at KAFA's Shelter
RDF’s first project took place between June and December 2018, in collaboration with Christian Aid and local Lebanese women’s NGO KAFA. The project provided support to victims of sexual and gender-based violence (“SGBV”) and promoted women’s empowerment at KAFA’s Shelter and Support Centre. It was awarded pursuant to a two-round bidding process involving the review of a total of fifteen applications by panels comprised of RDF directors and external international development experts.
The primary objective of the project was to ensure the long-term provision of protection services at KAFA’s safe Shelter in Mount Lebanon, a space dedicated to SGBV survivors including victims of sex trafficking, labour trafficking and emergency cases of domestic violence. The services included empowerment workshops, medical care, legal assistance and counselling. Significant refurbishment works were also undertaken at the Shelter, including the installation of a new power supply and air conditioning system. Throughout the project, a total of 47 female victims of SGBV were supported at the Shelter, including 39 women who had been trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labour.
The project also secured vulnerable women across Lebanon with access to a 24/7 emergency helpline. During the duration of the project, the helpline helped address 194 urgent calls related to the potential trafficking of women in Lebanon.
The project also funded group support activities and protection services, including social counselling, therapy sessions and legal assistance, for girls at high risk of SGBV at KAFA’S Adolescent Friendly Space and Support Centre in the Bekaa region – a region hosting the biggest number of arriving refugees in the Lebanon since 2010. During the project period these services were provided to a total of 39 survivors of SGBV, including 10 cases of early or forced marriage.
On 16 August 2018, RDF hosted a webinar with Christian Aid and KAFA at which those working on the project on the ground explained the impact the project was having on women's lives. A podcast and slides can be found here.