The SOAR project is a European Commission (EU) funded project that stands for ‘Strengthening the security and resilience of at-risk religious sites and communities’ programme. The programme is looking to advance the protection and safeguarding of places for worship across the 7 pilot countries we are working in across Europe (France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, Netherlands and Denmark).
Due to the increasing rise of attacks against places of worship in Europe, the SOAR project is working with at risk communities to ensure places of worships and congregations are protected, by providing security training,
sharing resources – that include best practice examples, development dialogue and engagement with law
enforcement collaborators and EU. The project promotes interfaith collaboration and caters support to advance community safety and security capabilities via trainings for all faith communities alike.
The SOAR project’s consortium partners are led by Enhancing Faith Institutions (EFI), and include the Architects Council of Europe (ACE), Finn Church Aid (FCA) and supported by the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC). The network of the partnership is extensive and includes representatives from all majority and minority faiths practicing within the EU.
The SOAR project has delivered a regional training event on the 4th of February 2022, in Frankfurt, Germany. In attendance were various faith leaders, faith institution management, volunteers and regional officials which
included Mr. Abdassamad El Yazidi from the Central Councils of Muslims in Germany, Herrn Nassif Khalil from Polizei Frankfurt, and Pastor Susanna Faust-Kallenberg from Evangelische Kirche Frankfurt & Offenbach. The SOAR Project was pleased to host these speakers, who also presented and engaged with the community
The regional event consisted of a series of collectively delivered presentations, highlighting key objectives and resources of the SOAR project, throughout the event. The presenters were joined by regional officials and the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC).
The SOAR project is providing specific protective security training, that includes an innovative concept called
Security by Design (SBD) and free risk assessments to any place of worship that is interested across France. SOAR builds upon the European Commission’s 2020 strategy on increasing the protection of public places,
including places of worship.
Below is a full list of speakers from the Frankfurt Regional Event:
• Ana Jimenez (United Nations Alliance of Civilisations)
• Shaukat Warraich (Enhancing Faith Institutions, SOAR Project lead coordinators)
• Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi (Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, SOAR consortium partner)
• Veronika Schröpfer (Architects Council of Europe, SOAR consortium partner)
• Mr. Abdassamad El Yazidi (Central Councils of Muslims in Germany)
• Herrn Nassif Khalil (Polizei Frankfurt)
• Pfarrerin Susanna Faust-Kallenberg (Evangelische Kirche Frankfurt & Offenbach)
Below are some key moments from the SOAR Frankfurt Regional event-