Our core belief is that the most resilient communities are those that are able to help themselves.
Our mission is to save lives and strengthen communities
Working on a not-for-profit basis, we partner with communities that are entering, enduring, or emerging from conflict or natural disasters by providing training and equipment, advocacy and outreach, and organisational capacity building for grassroots emergency response groups at the local, regional and national levels.
SAVING LIVESWe are dedicated above all else to saving lives, whoever they may belong to...Read More...
We are dedicated above all else to saving lives, whoever they may belong to. We strive for impartiality in our efforts and encourage our beneficiaries to do the same.
Strengthening CommunitiesWe believe that the most resilient communities are...Read More...
We believe that the most resilient communities are those that are able to help themselves, which is why we put community empowerment at the forefront of our efforts.
Building grassroots organisationsEmergency first responders enjoy the highest...Read More...
Building grassroots organisations:
Emergency first responders enjoy the highest levels of public trust around the world. Grassroots rescue organisations have legitimacy and support from the communities they serve, and when crises strike, they are first on the scene because they are already there.
Strategic approach to complex environmentsMayday works in the most complex...Read More...
Strategic approach to complex environments:
Mayday works in the most complex environments in the world. Through genuine partnership with our beneficiaries, Mayday designs and delivers interventions based on a developed understanding of the local context. In line with best practice, our proven project cycle starts with assessment and design and continues through delivery and monitoring to continuous evaluation and learning.
InternationalismMayday is an international organisation that works on a not-for-profit basis ...Read More...
Mayday is an international organisation that works on a not-for-profit basis from offices in Turkey, Jordan and Dubai. Our staff members hail from twelve countries (and counting). We have successfully implemented projects for the governments of the UK, Denmark, Netherlands, and Japan. We partner closely with the Turkish international search and rescue NGO AKUT, and work with the full spectrum of international actors from the United Nations Security Council to individual citizens.
TransparencyEarning and retaining the trust of beneficiaries, the general public, donors, and the media ...Read More...
Earning and retaining the trust of beneficiaries, the general public, donors, and the media is critical to our efforts. To achieve this, we strive to be collaborative, open, and transparent in our delivery and operations.
SustainabilityWe aim to build organisations that can grow to no longer need us...Read More...
We aim to build organisations that can grow to no longer need us. Beyond training and equipping, we mentor trainers and leaders to enable them to be operationally and financially sustainable.
IntegrityWe do what we believe to be right, driven not by popularity or the prospect of funding...Read More...
We do what we believe to be right, driven not by popularity or the prospect of funding, but by our core values.
Selfless servicePeople, not profit, are at the core of Mayday's mission...Read More...
People, not profit, are at the core of Mayday's mission. We're here because we believe in what we're doing. The bottom line at Mayday Rescue isn't measured in money – it's measured by a single metric: what will save more lives?
Our ServicesCommunity engagement and risk education.
Communities are safer if they have access to information through which they can be better prepared for emergencies. We consult with communities to understand the risks they face, and design community information packs and manuals that provide life-saving information. We train community leaders to engage locally to share information that can save lives.Search and Rescue.
Locally, nationally and internationally, Mayday Rescue supports vulnerable communities in the most dangerous and challenging places in the world by training and equipping local groups to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the impact of war, disasters, and emergencies.Stabilisation and peacebuilding.
In the 21st century, the main threats to global security no longer come from strong states—they come from weak ones. Fragile states that lack effective or legitimate systems of government cause challenges for global peace and stability due to violent conflict, crime, poverty, and humanitarian crises. Traditional approaches to providing stability in these environments take a “security-first” approach that focuses on training armies, police forces and political leaders—but in fragile states, these professions are consistently rated at the bottom of public trust tables.
Mayday Rescue has developed an innovative approach to stabilisation that focuses not on security or politics but rather on fire, rescue, and emergency response, either as a stand-alone activity or as a complementary line of effort to existing stabilisation programming. In contrast to security and political actors, emergency service workers have some of the highest levels of public trust of any profession. By training and equipping teams of local volunteers, Mayday supports the development of community-based networks of rescue workers and first responders. These impartial, non-partisan teams are dedicated to saving lives and strengthening communities because they live amongst the people they serve. They enhance resiliency and human security by protecting civilian populations, which earns them the trust of armed groups, political leaders, international actors, and civil society. Most of all, their presence provides hope for the people they serve.
When this model is applied systematically in insecure environments, it can potentially drive strategic-level improvements in stability.Programme design and management.
Our team is an experienced implementing partner and we have successfully designed and delivered projects for the United Kingdom Conflict, Security and Stability Fund, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Japanese International Cooperation Agency.Photo Credit: Reuters.Creating Shared Value in high- risk environments.
Building the capacity of communities through the establishment of rescue and emergency capabilities builds shared value: communities are more resilient and lives are saved. Equipment and training that is provided for emergency response is routinely used to assist local community development by clearing roads, building local infrastructure and conducting essential repairs. By providing these non-emergency services, volunteer teams build public trust and confidence through visible service delivery.
Mayday staff operate from training centers in Turkey and Jordan. For visits to field staff or training events, please contact [email protected]
Cuserstraat 93, 1081 CN Amsterdam, The Netherlands.