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Projects | WASH Programmes

The catastrophic damage to infrastructure in Syria has had a massive effect on the sanitation systems in the country.

Many water stations and sewage systems have been destroyed or left abandoned. Waste collection services have virtually disappeared in most cities.

Piles of rubbish are left to rot in the streets, and dirty water has resulted in widespread illnesses and water-born diseases. These diseases are extremely prevalent in camps within the country, where large numbers of internally displaced people have settled, with limited access to hygiene supplies and clean water.

Our Response - How to help Syria

We recognise the importance of WASH in how to help Syria. As a Syria charity we help communities by providing clean water, rehabilitating water networks and sewage systems, supporting water wells, and constructing pre-fabricated washrooms and toilets, including disabled access in camps and communities.

We improve hygiene and sanitation conditions in Syria through numerous rehabilitation projects aimed at restoring sewage systems in cities, the development of water filtration infrastructure, and providing access to clean drinking water.

Our WASH program:

Response in 2018

Access to clean water is vital to communities. HIHFAD help communities by providing clean water, restoring water networks and sewage systems, supporting water wells and offering pre-fabricated washrooms and toilets to camps and communities.

We also provide water filtration infrastructure, water tanks, maintenance tools and garbage bins (including collection of household waste). Hygiene awareness is increased with our regular outreach campaigns to improve the health and wellbeing of communities. We promote the safe practice and maintenance of water systems in addition to environmental protection standards, and provide cost recovery solutions to Local Councils.

During 2018 there was a break out of a waterborne disease in Joseph Walbara which resulted in the death of six children. On hearing this, HIHFAD stepped into to repair and restore water services, such as the local sewage centre, to ensure it was safe to drink.

A community education workshop was then run by HIHFAD to educate the affected communities on the importance of sanitation, hygiene and water quality. Our intervention has successfully prevented any more deaths by waterborne disease.

HIHFAD is an active member of the Early Recovery Working Group, enabling us to provide functional infrastructure for livelihoods, which includes restoration of roads and homes.

Clean water is vital for survival, as HIHFAD is determined to saving lives, this task is encompassed in providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene projects within the WASH sector. In Idlib City and Deir Hassan camps, HIHFAD has been providing 75,000 beneficiaries with water on a daily basis since the month of April, 2018 as well as hygiene promotion activities which have been performed with 28,000 beneficiaries.

We have supported 3 camps in Deir Hasan community, Harim district, Dana sub-district with water trucking, septic tanks desludging, provision of cleaning materials, reaching a total of 7,000 beneficiaries. In Idlib, Ariha district, Ehsim sub-district, 12,830 people benefited from the rehabilitation of sewage networks, water source treatment as well as water trucking and hygiene promotion activities in Joseph & Bara. For the Idlib, Ariha, Sahl Al Rouj area Irrigation project, 470 direct beneficiaries – all famers – were reached, with the indirect beneficiaries at 50,000.

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