“Every winter in Jordan is extremely difficult. You often have snowfall, you have temperatures at zero. One of our functions in the camps is to coordinate the distribution on behalf of all humanitarian agencies for what we call non-food items. So organizing distributions for 20,000 families and making sure that those are coordinated in a way where the most vulnerable are prioritized, where those people who can’t come and collect their items are supported by an alternative carer, making sure that people don’t have to queue for too long, and just logistically managing that kind of operation is extremely challenging because people are tired and cold and often frustrated” - Carlo Gherardi, Head of Operations, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Amman, Jordan.
Meet Carlo Gherardi who works as Head of Operations in Jordan, where NRC has one of the largest programmes supporting 150,000 displaced people in refugee camps such as Zaatari and Azraq.
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About Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is recognized as one the world’s most credible humanitarian, non-governmental organisation. NRC promotes and protects the rights of refugees and people who have been displaced within their own country. The organization has a very strong operation side, which means that the aid they are actually delivering is going through their different programmes: on education, shelter, ICLA (information, legal assistance and counseling), or WASH-programmes (water, hygiene and sanitation). NRC has a also a very strong local presence in over 25 countries worldwide and have over 9,000 staff members working to provide people in displacement with these different services. Find more information about NRC here.
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Carlo, thank you again for being such a great guest!