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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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2020 – UKRAINE -Protection

Project duration:01.04.2020 -15.08.2020

Location: Donetsk Oblasts, Ukraine

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 -15.01.2021

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.
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.
2018/2020 – Somalia – Water

Project duration: 07.10.2018 – 11.12.2020

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.
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, 16,500 people  will receive aid.  
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