CanDo is a start-up social enterprise that transforms the way the world supports war-affected communities.
Inadequate resourcing of local humanitarian organisations is preventing millions of people from receiving life-saving aid, causing excessive suffering and unnecessary deaths around the globe. Research and our experience of working with local humanitarians in war-torn Syria led us to realise that while they deliver 75% of the humanitarian work, they receive less than 1% of direct funding.
CanDo is mobilising a global community to resource local humanitarians to lead agile, effective, cost-efficient health interventions. Our crowdfunding platform is pioneering people-to-people aid by connecting local humanitarians with global citizens, philanthropists and strategic partners who will support their health projects.
Despite being only two years old we have successfully funded health projects and services ranging from secondary care, to psychosocial, hygiene and nutrition, directly reaching over 75,000 people (predominantly children) and benefiting over 315,000 people in war-torn Syria.
Our founder and CEO, Dr Rola Hallam, is regarded as a global thought leader. She is an advocate for the protection of civilians and the upholding of medical neutrality, the localisation of humanitarian aid and women’s rights. Rola is the first Syrian TED fellow and her talk has had over 1m views, we have secured a 3 year partnership with the Asfari Foundation and started a transformative partnership with Google with the support of over 30+ engaged Google volunteers.