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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

2018/2019 – Ukraine – Protection

Project duration: 13.07.2018 – 12.07.2019

Location: Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, Ukraine

Donator: UNICEF

Our actions are aimed at IDPs and the local populace affected by the conflict. As part of this programme we assemble mobile teams that provide group and individual psychological and social care for children, teenagers, and their parents. These mobile teams, supervised by PAH’s experts, also recruit local activists who in turn will later be forming social initiative groups. These activists will also be supported by trainings in project management and submitting applications for funding. After the trainings the best applications will be supported by subsidies. Such activities will enable creation of safe spaces in which the local community will be able to enjoy sports, festivals, contests, or trainings. Direct aid will be provided to 1100 beneficiaries as well as the local community participating in the events.
2018/2019 – UKRAINE – Protection/Water

Project duration: 20.08.2018-19.08.2019

Location: Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, Ukraine

Donator: OFDA

The goal of this project is to aid the people who were affected by the conflict the most. Aid is addressed primarily to the elderly, who live alone and went through nervous breakdowns. We provide them with psychological and social aid. They will have the chance to participate in local events where they will be able to meet others, make new acquaintances, develop their skills, and feel a part of the local community. Those who need aid the most will receive financial help so that they can satisfy their basic needs. In the area of food provision we will conduct agricultural trainings supplemented by distribution of tools and seeds. Furthermore, we will repair sanitary facilities in public institutions such as hospitals that are also looking after the elderly. Our aid will reach 5 442 people.
2018/2019 – Somalia – WATER

Project duration: 20.12.2018 – 19.12.2020

Location: Banaadir, Lower Shabelle, Middle Shabelle, Jowhar – South-Central Somalia

Donator: OCHA

We carry out activities aimed at providing safe water to people affected by armed conflicts and natural disasters on the territories of South-Central Somalia. We restore existing and construct new water and sanitary infrastructure. We will build and restore 15 shallow wells in order to provide access to safe drinking water. In addition, local communities will be trained in monitoring water quality and maintaining the water infrastructure. Our activities also include construction of latrines from materials resistant to strong winds and floods. The project’s beneficiaries will also be the recipients of activities related to the promotion of hygiene and distribution of hygiene kits carried out by a specially-trained team. During the seasons of elevated flood/drought risk, our team will also be carrying out activities designed to prevent epidemics. As a result aid will be provided to 16 212 people.
2018 – Iraq- WATER

Project duration: 7.07.2018 – 6.07.2020

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 250 000 people.
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.
2018 – SOUTH- SUDAN- WATER

Project duration: 20.03.2018 - 19.09.2019

Location: Uror and Jonglei States, South Sudan

Donor: Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF)

The project’s aim is to provide access to clean and safe water, sanitation and personal hygiene improvement of internally displaced, repatriating people and local communities in Uror and Jonglei States. 17 water supplies will be renovated.  We will build new sanitation technologies, including hand-washing stations or latrines in camps, food centres and schools.  Water measures will be supported by hygiene promoting campaigns, training for hygiene consultants and hygiene kits distribution (soap, buckets, water pills, menstrual hygiene kit). Impact: 20,000 people.
2018/2019 – SOUTH – SUDAN – WATER

Project duration: 24.05.2018 – 24.05.2019

Location: Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan

Donor: UNICEF

We support WASH Cluster through water, hygiene and washing facilities coordination. Our aim is to improve effectiveness in delivering aid to the most vulnerable population of Jonglei State. The project includes hygiene promotion, for example by an organization: Global Handwashing Day, World Toilet Day or World Water Day celebration. We also organise quarterly workshops focused on reporting and management of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). These workshops aim is to help decide on an early action plan and prepare local communities for future crises. Impact: 225,000 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.
2018 – Iraq- 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: 5706 people. The Project is co-financed by the Polish development cooperation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
2018 – Ukraine – Protection

Project duration: 1.01.2019 – 31.12.2019

Location: eastern Ukraine

Donor: Project carried out with the organisation’s own funds

We provide help to IDPs and local populace in eastern Ukraine. As part of Information and Integration Centres’ operations we provide legal, social, and psychological support, as well as vocational consultancy. The same aid is provided by mobile teams that reach those who live in the most remote locations and need the same kind of aid but have no means to travel freely. This aid will reach 293 people.
2018/2020 – Somalia – Water

Project duration: 7.10.2018 – 6 .10.2020

Location: Banadir, Wadijir, Shibis, Hiliwa, South-Central Somalia

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.
2018/2019 – Somalia – Water

Project duration: 01.04.2018 – 31.03.2020

Location: Banaadir Region, Lower Shabelle, Middle Shabelle in South Central County, Somalia

Donor:  ECHO

We provide clean water access to internally displaced people in both, official and emergency camps.  People most in need to receive our financial aid. We monitor water supplies, develop water and sanitation infrastructure and provide training in servicing and maintaining it.  We build temporary latrines; provide training to hygiene consultants and water committees.  We organise hygiene promoting campaigns in camps and other institutes supporting internally displaced people. We provide hygiene bundles. Impact: 158,400 people.
2018 – South Sudan – Water

Project duration: 15.05.2018 - 2019

Location: Jonglei State and other States if applicable, South Sudan

Donor: Project funded from organisation's own resources

As part of the project, we provide access to clean and safe water, to internally displaced people and local communities. We renovate and build new water supplies. We create and provide training to Water Committees, who are responsible for water infrastructure repair, maintenance and management. We provide access to educational resources and hygiene promoting programmes for primary school students. As a result the aid will be delivered to 10,000 beneficiaries.
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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