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ACCESS TO WATER

Water is essential for every aspect of human life. Our health and physical well-being depend on its purity and accessibility. We need water not only for drinking. It is necessary for preparing meals, for practicing good personal hygiene and for keeping our households clean. Limited access to water can affect our educational and career opportunities.

Particularly vulnerable are internally displaced persons (IDPs), who leave their homes in search of safe shelter. Very often they must stay at places with no access to clean water, sanitation, toilets and bathrooms. In such difficult conditions, clean water is essential to prevent the spreading of serious bacterial diseases.

It is necessary to ensure sanitary safety through the disposal of waste and rubbish, the distribution of dustbins and the creation of landfill sites. All this is essential to provide safe conditions for people living in camps.

WHAT DOES THE POLISH HUMANITARIAN ACTION DO?

We build wells and other water take-off points, as well as toilets and latrines. We distribute hygiene kits containing the most important products (not only for men but also for women). We rebuild school toilets so that children can have adequate conditions for their education and development.

An important aspect of our activities is lending support to the local communities: we provide training in the repair of wells and water analysis, we train hygiene educators who are subsequently engaged in promoting effective methods for practicing good personal hygiene and disease prevention among the local communities.

To provide access to water and ensure sanitary safety, among other things, we:
  • supply safe drinking water (we build and repair wells and other water tanks, we deliver water with tanker lorries)
  • build and renovate toilets and bathrooms (in schools and at IDP camps)
  • help families keep their water supplies and households clean (sanitary training, hygiene kits, water purification tablets)
  • maintain good sanitary conditions at camps (we remove waste and rubbish, we distribute dustbins)

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2024-2026 – SOUTH SUDAN – WASH

Project duration: 1st January – 30th April 2026 
Location: South Sudan 
Donor: Horizon Europe 

PAH has joined the European consortium of 10 partners streamlining the cooperation between humanitarian aid organizations and the biobased sector that will identify the bio-based solutions for solid waste management applicable in humanitarian settings. One of the two chosen locations for testing the feasibility of such solutions is South Sudan…read more… 

2018-2023 – SOMALIA – WATER

Duration of the project: since 2018
Location: Somalia
Donor: UNICEF

Based on PAH’s long-standing experience in providing assistance in water, sanitation and hygiene, the organization has gained recognition as one of the leaders in this field in Somalia. Since 2018, PAH has been acting as an agency co-coordinating the water, sanitation and hygiene sector across Somalia. In addition, we employ a contact person for the sub-sector in Middle Shabelle state and a sector representative in Galmudug State…read more

2022/2023 – MADAGASCAR – WATER, FOOD, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

Project duration: 1st November 2022 – 15th August 2023
Location: 1. Antanimora Sud (Androy region); 2. Ankililoake (Atsimo-Andrefanaregion ), Madagascar
Donor: PAH’s own funds

As part of the project, we are building wells for the community of the Grand Sud macroregion (Androy and Atsimo-Andrefana regions) in Madagascar, which is most severely affected by drought. We also provide seeds and seedlings as well as trainings in modern agricultural techniques. Furthermore, we finance hot meals for students at schools. In addition, we provide residents with solar and energy-saving stoves.

In total, the aid will reach 20,000 people…read more

2023 – KENYA – WATER, COUNTERACTING THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Duration of the project: 1st January 2023 – 31st December 2023
Location: Kitui, Makueni, Machakos counties, Kenya.
Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Partner: Africa Sand Dam Foundation (ASDF)

Within the framework of this project, we are improving teaching conditions in schools, as well as assisting farming co-operatives of schools in Machakos, Makueni and Kitui counties in developing their earning capacity. We are also taking action to counteract the effects of climate change and providing training…read more

2023/2024 – SOMALIA – WATER

Duration of the project: 1st June 2023 – 31st May 2024
Location: Kaxda and Deynile districts, Banaadir region, Somalia
Donor: Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF)/OCHA

In response to the drought in Somalia, Polish Humanitarian Action is implementing a humanitarian assistance project in the Banaadir region, where a significant number of internally displaced persons have settled. Our activities are aimed at providing access to water, sanitation facilities and hygiene to meet the urgent needs of these people.

As a result of these activities, more than 25,714 internally displaced people will receive assistance…read more

2023/2024 – SOMALIA – WATER, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

Duration of the project: 1st May 2023 – 30th April 2024
Location: Hiraan and Middle Shabelle in Hirshabelle State, Galgadud in Galmudug State and Banaadir and Mogadishu in Banaadir State, Somalia.
Donor: ECHO
Partner: Mercy-USA for Aid and Development

The project aims to improve access to drinking water, sanitation and dignified hygiene conditions among drought-affected Somalis, especially internally displaced persons. Activities are also being carried out to reduce the risk of and prepare for natural disasters (such as floods and droughts).

In total, nearly 64,000 people will be assisted by this project: almost 55,000 people will benefit from water and sanitation activities and 9,000 from natural disaster risk reduction activities…read more

2023/2024 – SOMALIA – HYGIENE

Duration of the project: 1st May 2023 – 30th April 2024
Location: Galgaduud and Banaadir regions, Somalia
Donor: UNICEF

The scarcity of drinkable water contributes to the incidence of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD), cholera and other diseases in Somalia. In response to this problem, we are conducting a project to support healthy hygiene practices in the Galgaduud and Banaadir regions of Somalia.

In total, the project will reach up to 1.5 million people through direct and indirect activities…read more

2022/2023 – Ukraine – Protection / WASH / Shelter

Project duration: 1st November 2022 – 30th October 2023  
Location:  Kyivska and Dnipropetrovska oblasts; Ukraine 
Donor: Action Aid 

Under this project, PAH will provide the humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable conflict-affected people residing in Kyivska and Dnipropetrovska oblasts in the areas of protection, WASH and Shelter.  

In total, 1798 people will receive aid…read more

2022-2025 – SOMALIA – WATER – Disaster Risk Reduction

Project duration:  1st August 2022 – 30th June 2025
Location: Adado, Abudwak, Hobyo, Galkayo, and Dusamareb districts (Galmudug state) and Jowhar and Balcad districts in Middle Shabelle (Hirshabelle state); Somalia
Donator:  GFFO
Supporting donator:  Arche Nova

As part of this project we are reaching the Somalis who have been affected by drought and we provide them with access to drinking water. We also construct sanitary infrastructure and rainwater tanks at schools and hospitals.

We also help local authorities and communities to prepare for the next natural disaster, such as drought or flood, by training disaster response committees and working with them to draft early warning and early response mechanisms in case of… Read more…

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