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HUMANITARIAN AID

When an armed conflict breaks out or a natural disaster strikes, the local community is not always able to react to the crisis on its own. State authorities do not have sufficient funds, the people afflicted by disaster suddenly lose their possessions and are deprived of access to safe drinking water and other resources which they might find useful in a crisis. In such cases, immediate humanitarian response is needed.

People cope with lack of access to safe drinking water, toilets and food. They are without a roof over their heads, they lose their jobs, and they are deprived of their educational and career opportunities. Conflicts and disasters force people to leave their safe homes and to flee and seek shelter far from danger. Shifting frontlines or an unstable socioeconomic situation in the region prevent them from settling safely in one place. Food and water prices are rising exorbitantly. Some zones are hardly accessible and very often there is no way of delivering any non-food items to them.

WHAT DOES THE POLISH HUMANITARIAN ACTION DO?

Our aim is to provide immediate and effective help to people whose life or health is in danger due to a humanitarian crisis. The principle of humanitarianism, to which we are firmly committed, provides that human suffering must meet with a reaction in any circumstances.

We are engaged in activities intended to immediately provide safe drinking water, food, shelter and the bare essentials to the afflicted people. The effectiveness of our activities is guaranteed by co-operation with local organisations and other relief agencies. This helps streamline the flow of information and ensures fair distribution of humanitarian aid.

Emergency response to a humanitarian crisis involves, among other things, the provision of:
  • basic access to water and hygiene (repair and construction of water take-off points, water trucking, distribution of hygiene kits)
  • safe shelter (distribution of tents, mattresses, blankets and winter clothes, kits for building temporary shelters)
  • basic access to food (food baskets)
  • basic medical care (medicine and hospital equipment)

FIND OUT MORE

2020 – UKRAINE – EMERGENCY COVID-19

Project duration:15.06.2020 – 14.09.2020

Location: Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, Ukraine

Donator: OFDA

The project is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and aims to limit the spread of the disease and mitigate the effects of the outbreak in Ukraine. Our activities include the distribution of hygienic kits to 2,000 households accommodating the elderly or people with disabilities. These kits will cover a three-month demand. 200 people with special needs resulting from serious diseases or disabilities will also receive special assistance. Such kits, including adult diapers or absorbent pads, are often the only chance for these people to receive adequate and dignified care, as the prices of hygiene products in Ukraine have increased dramatically and their availability is limited. We will also supply 35 kits with hygiene products to four centres providing psycho-neurological aid to the elderly and disabled. One set covers the demand of 20 residents of these institutions for the period of three months (altogether PAH will provide hygiene supplies for 700 permanent residents of these institutions). Additionally, educational materials will be created to raise awareness of adequate virus infection prevention and proper hygiene.

2020 – UKRAINE – Protection

Project duration:15.06.2020 – 15.08.2020

Location: Siversk, Toretsk, Avdiivka (Donetska oblast)

Donator: Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Polish Aid)

The project aims to improve the quality of social services provided to the most vulnerable groups of the population affected by armed conflicts in eastern Ukraine. This will be achieved by supporting social institutions with procurement of necessary equipment and goods. Our activities include the purchase of specialized equipment for social institutions in eastern Ukraine. These institutions will be supplied with equipment for people with disabilities, such as crutches and walkers. One of the institutions will also be adapted to the needs of people with motor disabilities thanks to the installation of a specialized elevator. Social workers of another institution will be equipped with bicycles, which will enable them to reach those in need who live in remote rural areas despite the lack of public transportation. This project is an additional component of a two-year initiative financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, within the framework of which PAH has been providing access to social infrastructure in eastern Ukraine and enhancing competences of social workers and social institution managers. An additional goal of this project is to build a community of social activists by organising workshops and trainings, including in the field of project management and implementation of changes in local communities.

2020/2021 – UKRAINE – Protection

Project duration:15.06.2020 -31.01.2021

Location: Donetsk Oblasts, Ukraine

Donator: UNICEF

The project aims to provide assistance and protection to landmine victims – in particular children and their parents – and to enhance the capacity of local communities to care for people with disabilities.

We provide comprehensive assistance and care to 45 families where a child or a parent has been injured as a result of a landmine explosion. These families will be included in a program providing case-by-case care: depending on their needs they will receive psychological, psychosocial, legal and financial support for rehabilitation or adapting homes to the needs of people with disabilities. Additionally, 400 parents/caregivers and 200 social workers will receive training in positive parenting techniques, and 500 children and teenagers will have the opportunity to take advantage of remote psychosocial support, among others through live streaming with social workers and PAH educators, online sessions with psychologists and helpline.

The final element of the project consists in establishing 5 teams from among the most proactive local youths. These teams, led by trainers, will be charged with developing and implementing social initiatives to reduce barriers within the local community for people who have been hit by mines.

2020 – Iraq – WATER

Project duration: 1.04.2020-31.03.2021

Location: Nineewa, Hamadaniya and Akre districts, Iraq

Donor: ECHO

The project aims to secure permanent access to drinking water for inhabitants of IDP camps. In camps with a water network we provide a daily supply of water from boreholes to municipal reservoirs. In camps without adequate infrastructure, water is transported by tankers. The water quality is tested daily. As part of the project, PAH is also responsible for the management of municipal waste and septic tanks in order to maintain a clean and safe environment in the camps, prevent the spread of diseases and maintain decent living conditions. The project includes repair and maintenance of efficient and clean latrines and showers thanks to the involvement of employees hired from among the inhabitants of the camps within a framework of a program which gives them an opportunity to earn a small income. The facilities will be renovated to ensure safety and comfort of use for women and girls, also at night. In addition, we pursue activities in the field of hygiene promotion in the camps, paying special attention to preventive measures against coronavirus infection.

2020 – UKRAINE – EMERGENCY COVID-19

Project duration: 21.04.2020 – 20.07.2020

Location: Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, Ukraine

Donator: UHF/ OCHA

The aim of the project is to help people living in the area near the contact line in connection with a coronavirus pandemic.

Our activities include providing the people most in need – the elderly, lonely and disabled people – with hygiene kits. In addition, households with people with severe locomotor disabilities will be equipped with special hygiene kits tailored to their needs. We will provide sets of personal protective equipment for homes with people infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Food prices have risen recently in eastern Ukraine. Many people find it difficult to acquire even the most basic products. That is why we provide food packages to the people in need.

In addition, qualified PAH social workers will provide remote psycho-social assistance to project Beneficiaries. To ensure safety, psycho-social sessions will be conducted via telephone connections and include self-regulation of emotions and relaxation techniques as well as positive strategies for maintaining mental hygiene, as recommended by WHO.

During the distribution of hygiene and food products, PAH will also distribute educational materials developed by the WHO on the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, to increase awareness of the entire local population, PAH will disseminate informational materials

Help will go to 1848 households with older people from higher risk groups in the event of COVID-19 infection.

Educational materials will reach 10,274 people.

2018/2020 – Iraq – WATER

Project duration: 01.01.2019 – 31.08.2020

Location: Nineveh, Salah Al Din, Iraq

Donor: Iraq Humanitarian Fund OCHA

This project’s goal is to provide access to clean water to people affected by the armed conflict. We repair the damaged water distribution network and the wells equipped with solar-powered pumps, which provides the local community with access to drinking water. We also restored the water and sewage infrastructure in five schools in the Nineewa district. This activity will be combined with promotion of hygiene in schools.

Additionally we will hold trainings in the use and maintenance of the new equipment. We will be monitoring water quality at the intake points so that this water always meet all applicable standards.

As a result aid will be provided to  16889 people.

2019 – UKRAINE – FSL, CASH, Protection, WASH

Project duration: 20.08.2019-19.08.2020

Location: Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, Ukraine

Donator: OFDA

The goal of this project is to providing assistance to most vulnerable elderly people living near the contact line. We work in the area of psychosocial support (providing individual and group psychosocial sessions, self-help groups, open community events, individual home-based care as well as distribution of small rehabilitation equipment) as the needs for life-saving humanitarian assistance to address the psychological harm of the affected populations remains high. These activities are complemented by: multi-purpose cash assistance for the most vulnerable beneficiaries, rehabilitation of WASH infrastructure in health and social institutions, agricultural trainings for local community and distribution of agricultural vouchers for the participants. Our aid will reach 7026 people.

2018/2020 – Iraq – WATER

Project duration: 01.07.2018 – 01.07.2020

Location: Nineveh, Salah Al Din, Iraq

Donor: MADAD

We coordinate activities aimed to strengthen the water and sanitary sector. As part of this project for a local non-government organisation we will organise trainings in maintenance and repairs, hygiene promotion, and we will give mentoring in good co-operation with donors. Furthermore, the mentoring co-operation with local partners will be aimed at reinforcing their organisational capabilities, and ultimately their capacity for active and effective participation in the process of stabilising the water and sanitary infrastructure.

As a result aid will be provided to 30 000 people.

The Project is co-financed by the Polish development cooperation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

2018/2019 – SYRIA – WATER

Project duration: 01.11.2018 – 31.05.2019

Location: Idleb region, Syria

Donor: OCHA

 

Our activities have been addressed to people who were forced to abandon their homes as a result of the armed conflict on the territories of Idleb, Hama, and Ghuta. We carry out activities centered around access to water, sanitary infrastructure, and hygiene in IDPs camps. We create new water tanks, we supply water with water trucks, and we provide monitoring of water quality. We take care of the construction and maintenance of adequate sanitation. This project also includes activities consisting of maintaining hygiene promotion, distribution of hygiene packs, and waste management within the IDPs camps.

As a result, aid will be provided to 40 913 people.

2019/2020 – SOUTH – SUDAN – EDUCATION

Project duration:01.07.2019-31.12.2020

Location: Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan

Donor: Electrolux

The project aims to improve the work and study conditions at the Green Belt Academy high school, through the renovation and construction of toilets and hand washing points, the creation of an adequate kitchen and dining room, improving the conditions in the dormitory for girls, installation of solar panels. Our activities also include establishing a school garden, running agricultural workshops as well as other workshops that will contribute to creating the professional skills of young people, including tailoring, carpentry and construction workshops. In addition, we promote healthy habits among students and employees, we run hygiene training and campaigns on prevention of key water-borne diseases. Impact: 525 people.

2018/2019 – Syria – Water

Project duration: 01.07.2018 – 30.06.2019

Location: Idleb, Hama, Aleppo, Syria

DonorNorwegian Church Aid (NCA)

The project scope includes a wide range of activities related to safe water access and adequate sanitation.  We build, repair and maintain water supply networks, water tanks and stations, provide water generators and panel. This project also entails good hygiene promotion. Impact: 113 799 people.

2019 – Iraq- MPC/Protection

Project duration: 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2019

Location: Erbil, Dohuk, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (Polish Aid)

Actively involved in this project is Polish Emergency Response Team in Kurdistan, who continually analyse crisis migration and people affected by it. Upon needs assessment of people migrating, they provide financial grants to those most in need.  In addition, they provide legal advice, entrepreneurial training programs and micro-business development funding. Impact:  912 people. The Project is co-financed by the Polish development cooperation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

2019/2020 – Ukraine – Protection

Project duration: 01.04.2019 – 30.09.2020

Location: Donetska oblast, Ukraine

Donor: Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Polish Aid)

The aim of the project is to improve the functioning of the social services system by increasing access to social care and developing the skills of social and psychological service personnel. We will create four Community Psychological Service Centers in cooperation with local authorities. These institutions will guarantee better access to social services for those most in need and most affected by the conflict – children, young people, families with many children, single parents.

As part of the project, open meetings and events for local communities will be organized. As part of these meetings, representatives of authorities, social welfare institutions and local activists will discuss community needs, identify current problems and work out solutions for the future.

Organizing workshops for members of four Social Initiative Groups will allow social workers to acquire new skills and knowledge regarding psychological first aid in emergency situations and in the event of an escalation of the armed conflict, coping with stress and creating a dialogue with local authorities.

2018/2021 – Somalia – Water

Project duration: 12.12.2018 – 13.03.2021

Location:3 districts of Banaadir region: Heliwa, Wadajir and Shibis

Donator: UNICEF

We increase permanent access to safe water in schools, as well as educational and medical centres, and we build water kiosks. We provide access to safe water infrastructure to local communities. We promote hygiene and provide support for well management and repairs. We carry out regular chlorination of water sources and tanks. We distribute hygiene packs. We support maintenance and creation of lavatories. We hold trainings for community leaders in water system management.  We distribute waste baskets and carry out waste disposal. As a result aid will be provided to 230 400 people.

2020 – Somalia – WASH

Project  duration: April  1st, 2020 – December 31st, 2020

Location: Banaadir, Lowe Shabelle,  Middle Shabelle regions, Southeastern Somalia

Donor: This project is funded by European Union Civil Protection (ECHO)

The  aim of this project is to increase access to clean water and safe sanitation in five health  facilities  in the Banaadir region. Our activities include the repair of  shallow wells, construction of  a water  tank, extension of a water pipeline, small repairs of infrastructure used for washing (replacement of leaking pipes and taps), and the construction and repair of latrines. In addition, we conduct hygiene promotion activities, distribute  soap and  hygiene kits among patients. As a result, 18,460 people  will receive aid.

 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

Our aim is to provide professional humanitarian aid to all those who have been affected by humanitarian crises.Immediate, adequate and effective response is possible thanks to the Emergency Response Team (ERT).

 

It is made up of specialists who are ready to immediately set off for regions affected by a humanitarian crisis. The team members have the knowledge and skills which are indispensable for making an accurate assessment of the needs, for making decisions about what kind of assistance should be provided and for effectively co-ordinating all activities in the places where they work.

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