Sultan al-Jassim “Abu Mohammed” from the town of Souran, in the northern countryside of Hama, was a local teacher in the village elementary school for 20 years. Due to the war, Sultan was forced to move and live in IDPs camps in the area of Ma’arat al-Nu’man in Idlib, under very harsh conditions. IhsanRD’s team met Sultan during the water services activities of WASH program, as the members of the team were impressed by Sultan’s determination despite his difficult circumstances and age, dreaming in a better future. He graduated from high school with his son and daughter at the same time. He managed to succeed and booked seats at the University of Idlib to study Arabic and his daughter in the Faculty of Education and his son in the Faculty of Architecture. Sultan goes to university every day with his two children and returns to their tent, which does not protect them from hot in summer or cold in winter, believing that man can change his reality with determination and will.
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In the absence of the official institutions, the management of medical waste poses a challenge to the hospitals in northern Syria.
To build up a health robust response, IhsanRD through its teams strives to reduce the risk of medical waste in Idlib Governorate.
The activities of the project, initiated by IhsanRD in early March, will continue in cooperation with the United Nations International Emergency Fund for Children (UNICEF) to support the resilience of Syrian people in the North of Syria through various projects in trucking water, installation of water tanks, and restoration of a number of water stations, which help to secure clean water for about 150,000 residents of the area hosting large numbers of displaced people from various parts of Syria.
In addition to supporting the population with drinking water, the IhsanRD-UNICEF joint project aims to increase hygiene in the camps and shelters by The installation of toilets with standard specifications in accordance with the basic standards of “Sphere”, as well as the establishment of facilities for the management of solid waste and the collection and disposal of waste from the camps and deportation.
The project also includes support for displaced families through the provision of hygiene kits, blankets, dignity kits, winter clothing kits and water bottles with tablets for sterilization of drinking water.
As the continued displacement waves from the eastern Ghouta and neighborhood of Al-Kadam in Damascus is still arriving to the northern Syria, the emergency response teams continue to work to receive these waves of displacement. Where the number exceeded 29 thousand displaced in March alone.
IhsanRD, in collaboration with a number of “Syrian NGO Alliance” members, is coordinating the response to the new IDPs within Idlib governorate. During March, the waves of displacement have been received one after the other at the reception point – Point 0- then transporting the displaced families to temporary shelters before heading to their new residence in the north of Syria.
IhsanRD’s and other humanitarian organizations’ teams are working on the ground to provide the basic needs to the displaced people such as drinking water, hygiene kits, dignity kits, blankets and children’s clothing, within “0 Point” and in temporary shelters. IhsanRD’s emergency response team also, builds toilets and maintains cleanliness at the reception point, as well as providing continuous water.
“Waseem” the Coordinator of Emergency Response at IhsanRD, spoke of the efforts being made by saying:
“The emergency response teams in the field continues the night by day to provide basic services to new IDPs who have been still flowing continuously and in large numbers.” IhsanRD and a large number of humanitarian organizations are doing their best to alleviate the suffering of our displaced people, and there is great cooperation and coordination at the highest levels among the Syrian organizations, but there are too many needs to provide and we must act quickly, especially as Ramadan approaches “.
IhsanRD’s response comes with the support of the United Nations International Emergency Fund for Children (UNICEF), where a joint project to support new displaced persons in northern Syria was signed a recently through many projects like trucking water to the camps and rehabilitate a number of water plants in the north of Syria. The project also includes the distribution of 48.000 hygiene kits, 18.000 blankets, 10.000 clothes basket, 25.000 water plastic bottles, 9.000 plastic cover and 4000 dignity kits. In addition to the construction and rehabilitation of water courses in reception centers for displaced persons and in camps.
During the war years in Syria, displaced people have been suffering from lack of drinking water in the camps, which has directly affected their daily lives. Some of what we take for granted may be considered as a daily struggle for thousands of Syrian families in camps.
In some camps, the only way to get potable water to survive is through Water Trucks from faraway places, especially as most water stations are out of service as a result of war and continuous shelling.
The drought and the scarcity of drinking water have led to many serious problems facing IDP communities in Idlib. The lack of rangeland and drinking water has had a negative impact on livestock and crops, threatening the food security to people and increasing child malnutrition rates.
Through the Water Program and in cooperation with UNICEF & Ihsan Relief and Development (IhsanRD) has launched a new project responding to the needs of IDP families in Idlib, Hama and Aleppo Western countryside by providing them with daily drinking water tanks for 10,000 families of water Up to 1250 m3 per day. In addition, the project team has rehabilitated two water stations in Sraqib and Bennin and supplied them with the necessary fuel for work.
“As long as the water trucks continue to come, we can endure, but if we are cut off for a week, the situation will become catastrophic and we will have to move elsewhere. As you can see, displacement is not only about the security situation but also about the availability of reasons for living,” said Abu Yahya, head of his household (a wife and three children).
Eng. Mohammed project officer in within Water Program at IhsanRD said:
“Providing water to the camps is essential for the lives of people who are living in the most difficult conditions, not only for drinking, but water also is necessary to improve hygiene, particularly in the circumstances of displacement.”
In addition to providing water to beneficiaries in different ways, the project also includes a number of activities aimed at improving the hygiene of IDP families in both camps and displacement communities through the distribution of garbage containers, sewage drainage in camps and construction of toilets, collecting garbage from camps by trucks and unloading them in dedicated dumps away from the camps in order to improve hygiene in displacement communities.
In addition, the project team distributed granules to sterilize the water to the families within the camps. In the coming phase, water tanks will be installed, clothes and blankets will be distributed in many camps in the countryside of Idlib and Damascus countryside.