Elaf RD

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Elaf for Relief and Development (Elaf RD) was founded in 2014, uniting 14 community-based organizations in Syria. Our mission is to enhance collaboration among these organizations, fostering stronger coordination and supporting humanitarian initiatives aimed at alleviating the suffering of vulnerable communities affected by the ongoing war.

Our journey began with dedicated volunteers committed to aiding fellow citizens affected by the crisis, launching charitable initiatives to fulfill critical humanitarian needs.

Who Are We:

ELAF for Relief and Development (Elaf RD) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, registered in January 2015 in Gaziantep, Turkey. Our registration number is 27-019-083.
With the escalation of the Syrian conflict and growing refugee needs, we established Gaziantep & Hatay offices in Turkey and four field offices in northwest Syria.
Elaf RD is dedicated to addressing the interconnectedness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and double nexus in an integrated and comprehensive manner. Our approach is centered around the double nexus, linking humanitarian aid and development assistance for a more effective and sustainable response. We are committed to providing aid to the most deprived communities through substantial long-term solutions in addition to its work to improve the situation of both, the refugees and host communities by focusing on project development and improving the economic situation.
Mission and Values

Create a productive society with technical and cognitive skills, self-sustaining, and synergistic.
Empower affected communities through community development, providing basic needs, and creating development projects while fostering technical and cognitive skills.
• Dedication and teamwork
• Accountability
• Initiative and ambition
• Justice and equality
• Transparency

Strategic Plan 23-25:

Elaf RD is deeply committed to recognizing the intricate relationships between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the double nexus, and we approach this understanding with an all-encompassing and unified perspective. Our methodology is built upon the foundation of the double nexus concept, seamlessly connecting the realms of humanitarian aid and developmental support to create a response that is both impactful and sustainable.

We stand resolute in our pledge to extend assistance to the most marginalized communities, offering solutions that are not only substantive but also enduring. Our commitment extends beyond short-term relief efforts, as we actively engage in initiatives that bring about meaningful transformation for those in need.

In addition to our unwavering dedication to immediate humanitarian concerns, we remain deeply attuned to the well-being of both refugees and the communities that host them. Our focus is on the holistic development of projects that transcend boundaries, fostering a more favorable economic landscape and ultimately improving the quality of life for all involved.

Elaf RD’s ethos lies in the fusion of these elements – addressing immediate needs while cultivating enduring change, and recognizing that lasting impact is achieved through comprehensive and harmonized actions. Our approach reflects our enduring dedication to creating a future where challenges are met with integrated solutions and the collective potential for growth and advancement is realized.

Throughout its 10-year journey, ELAF RD has remained unwavering efforts in its mission to alleviate suffering, uplift communities, and foster solidarity among vulnerable populations. Through the active involvement of volunteers, strategic coordination among community-based organizations, and a comprehensive approach to addressing humanitarian and development challenges, ELAF RD stands as a beacon of hope, resilience, and positive change in the midst of crisis.


Elaf RD is a humanitarian organization founded on the bedrock of community accountability, professional and ethical standards, prudent resource management, and responsive engagement with the communities it serves.

Elaf’s governance structure comprises a general assembly that encompasses all members, a board of volunteers selected for their diverse expertise, and a senior management team helmed by the CEO, who maintains accountability to the board. Guided by established bylaws, the board offers oversight and direction, while the senior management team executes day-to-day operations and ensures the implementation of board-approved policies.

Integral to this structure are division directors who supervise both staff and volunteers, guaranteeing adherence to established policies and facilitating the successful execution of approved initiatives.

Elaf RD operates in close collaboration with its headquarters office in Gaziantep, a subsidiary office in Hatay, and an additional four offices situated within Syria. This network enables the organization to streamline its efforts and effectively respond to the multifaceted needs of the communities it serves.

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