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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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2019/2020 – SOUTH SUDAN – WASH

Project duration: 10.09.2019 - 28.02.2020

Location: Bor, Jonglei state, South Sudan

Donor: Common Humanitarian Fund (UN OCHA)

We conduct life-saving WASH activities aimed at meeting the emergency critical needs of IDPs, host community and returnees. Our project is divided into two components. The first one, is implemented in Bor South county, affected by conflict, natural disasters, high malnutrition rates, disease outbreaks. Second component responses to unforeseen acute vulnerabilities related to poor access to safe water, sanitation facilities, Nutrition, Protection or Health emergencies. This project aims to support the provision of access to safe and sufficient water to vulnerable and affected populations, increase knowledge of appropriate hygiene practices preventing and mitigate WASH-related diseases and aiming to reduce gender base violence-related issues in occurrences. As a result aid will be provided to 4 500 people.
2019 – Kenya – DEVELOPMENT

Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2019

Location:  Makueni, Machakos, and Kitui counties, Kenya

Donor: Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Polish Aid)

The activities under this project are aimed in improving access to water, improving sanitary conditions, raising awareness about the methods and techniques of protecting water sources against the negative effects of atmospheric changes. Two schools will be equipped with rainwater collection systems and water tanks. Furthermore, we organise trainings in maintaining proper hygiene.  For the civil servants of the counties on whose territories the project will be carried out we will organise risk management workshops (DDR). As part of the project we will create four sand dams, each equipped with a shallow well. One of the communities will be furnished with a solar-powered water distribution system that will enable cultivation of home gardens. These activities will improve the level of employment and work effectiveness of local farmers. As a result aid will be provided to 5670 people.  Project co-financed by the Polish development cooperation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
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: 01.09.2018 – 29.02.2020

Location: Gedo, Galgaduud, South-Central Somalia

Donator: Arche noVa

We provide access to safe water to IPDs and communities affected by drought, floods, and conflicts. We carry out comprehensive activities in the field of water access, improvement of hygiene and sanitary conditions in IDP camps, schools, and in rural areas. Our activities include construction of latrines, promotion of hygiene, distribution of hygiene packs, and waste disposal. We also provide emergency aid in case of sudden crises by distributing non-food products and hygiene packs, and by restoring latrines and chlorinating water points. People most in need to receive our financial aid. This project provides aid to 66 456 people.
2018/2019 – Somalia – WATER

Project duration: 20.12.2018 – 19.12.2020

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 23 748 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.
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.
2018/2019 – South Sudan – DRR/WASH/Shelter (NFI)

Project duration: 1.04.2019 - 31.03.2020

Location: All the States if applicable, South Sudan

Donor:  ECHO

As part of the project, we organise emergency preparedness capacity is enhanced through coordinated and synergetic use of emergency prepositioned stocks, emergency response teams (ERTs), and logistic resources to respond to humanitarian crises countrywide. We ensure targeted affected women, men, girls and boys with adequate access to water, sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion. We provide relevant emergency shelter/NFI assistance and access to quality information. Impact: 65,000 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.
2018/2020 – Somalia – Water

Project duration: 07.10.2018 – 06.10.2020

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. 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.
2019 – 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.
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