The JTI Foundation has enjoyed a strong partnership with GEA since 2005. Throughout the partnership, operational capacity at GEA has consistently increased, improving GEA’s ability to deploy its volunteer SAR teams in response to disasters both in Turkey and abroad.
GEA is aiming for a greater range and larger number of more effective search and rescue deployments. With The JTI Foundation’s support, as many as 1,000 GEA volunteers will have their search and rescue skills enhanced. To improve disaster-preparedness, 120 training sessions and workshops will be delivered to GEA volunteers.
Further program deliverables include networking with national and international NGOs and public institutions, and sharing GEA’s experience and best practice with international disaster agencies and the global SAR community. GEA’s administrative infrastructure will also be strengthened. A permanent administrative staff is developing to improve project, financial and volunteer management.
GEA is working closely with the UN’s International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) and GEA’s teams will accomplish ‘Light SAR team’ accreditation in 2019. This will be achieved through further capacity building, readiness and continuous development of the Light SAR team.
Approximately 1,000 victims of disasters will benefit from the program over its duration.