Rebecca Dykes was killed in Lebanon, on December 16, 2017, aged 30. A devoted humanitarian, at the time of her death she had been working in Lebanon as a Programme and Policy Manager for the UK's Department for International Development.
The Rebecca Dykes Foundation ("RDF") was established by her family and friends to continue Rebecca's important work with refugees and vulnerable host communities in that country. It does this by funding projects in Lebanon that further community cohesion and gender equality.
RDF's first project took place in 2018 in collaboration with Christian Aid and local Lebanese charity KAFA, supporting female victims of sexual and gender-based violence at KAFA's Shelter in Mount Lebanon and Support Centre in the Bekaa Valley. The project also funded the operation of a 24/7 emergency helpline for vulnerable women.
In 2019, RDF will be supporting a project with UN Women to further stabilisation and social cohesion in Lebanon through the engagement of women in conflict prevention and management.
RDF operates as a restricted charitable fund under the Princes Exchange Foundation, the in-house charitable fund of leading charities law firm Turcan Connell.
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Rebecca was compassionate, caring and committed to humanitarian causes. She worked tirelessly to make the world a kinder, fairer, safer and more stable place.
Most recently, she had undertaken pioneering work in Lebanon, for the UK Department for International Development, to improve the lives of refugees and impoverished Lebanese people, and help these vulnerable communities to become more peaceful and resilient.
Previously, she volunteered for VSO in Bahrain, worked on conflict and stabilisation issues across a range of sub-Saharan African countries, covered gender and conflict in Iraq, and worked on the stabilisation of Libya.
As well as being a dedicated humanitarian worker, Rebecca was a colleague, a friend, a daughter, a sister and aunt.
Your donations will help us build the better world that Rebecca believed in.
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