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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: 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 – Somalia – WATER

Project duration: 20.12.2018 – 30.05.2020

Location: Jowhar District – South Central Somalia

Donator: OCHA HF

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 the 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 13 890 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.
2018/2020 – Somalia – Water

Project duration: 07.10.2018 – 12.12.2020

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.
2018/2020 – Somalia – Water

Project duration: 01.04.2018 – 31.12.2020

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. 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 organize hygiene promoting campaigns in camps and other institutes supporting internally displaced people. We provide hygiene bundles. Impact: 158 400 people.   The Project is co-financed by the Polish development cooperation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
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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