Rola Hallam: The doctors, nurses and aid workers rebuilding Syria
TED Fellow Rola Hallam helps local humanitarians provide aid to their own war-devastated communities. Full bio
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have been bombed."
on a dark winter night in November 2016.
Doctors Association, IDA.
of the head nurse, Malak,
out of their incubators,
have spent blood, sweat and tears
of the people in crisis themselves.
doctors, nurses and aid workers
of the affected community,
where others can't or won't.
of people like Malak,
burns injury in the line of duty,
when discharged from hospital
and noble human beings.
are the beacons of light
that Syrian organizations carry out
work in Syria.
of the Syria aid budget.
across the crises of the world.
skill and ability
equipment and resources
to rebuild their hospital.
the most vulnerable communities
of receiving that message,
to address this imbalance
to provide health care
through an accelerator program
via our crowdfunding platform,
for their health needs.
seven months early,
thought I had finally gone mad.
that transformed our collective anger
the People's Convoy was born.
a whole new children's hospital,
would take the medical equipment
to the Syria border.
from across the world
by the local experts, IDA,
of displaced children.
over 15,000 children.
in the most volatile places on earth.
sharing a new humanitarian vision,
with skills, expertise and resources,
in the hands of those who need them most
effectively and efficiently.
who are not only saving lives now,
their wounded communities back together,
have the courage to persist,
risking their lives to save others.
by not looking away or turning our backs,
who are helping themselves,
who have been killed --
by the Syrian regime --
of a systemic targeting
that it's not just our problem,
the refugee situation --
health care system,
epicenter of disease is going to be Syria;
a very dangerous precedent
anywhere in the world dangerous,
isn't just about money, either,
that 5,000 people all over the world
to build Hope Hospital.
is in that word, it's in hope.
they had their faith in humanity renewed,
and those doctors,
the absolute best of humanity,
and many people in places of conflict
through the prism of government,
who lives in those places doesn't care.
everyone's faith in humanity.
SA: Thank you for everything.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERRola Hallam - Humanitarian aid entrepreneur
TED Fellow Rola Hallam helps local humanitarians provide aid to their own war-devastated communities.
Why you should listen
After war broke out in her home country of Syria, British-Syrian anaesthesiologist Rola Hallam wanted to use her medical expertise to work directly with Syrian NGOs to help save lives. She co-founded Hand in Hand for Syria, which played an integral part in building seven hospitals in northern Syria. But Hallam wanted to make sure local aid organizations – not just international NGOs – had support too. So in 2016, she founded CanDo, a social enterprise that enables local humanitarians from war-devastated areas to provide aid to their own communities through global crowdfunding and supporting them through an accelerator program. To date, CanDo has helped raise $400,000 from over 5,000 donors around the world. Hallam also works as a global advocate to press decision-makers to stop the targeting of civilians in war zones, and the protection of medical neutrality.
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