AREA OF EXPERTISE
AREA OF EXPERTISE
The needs in terms of access to basic WASH services are still immense and exist throughout the whole of Syria. According to the Humanitarian Needs Overview (OCHA) the number of people with needs in this area increased from 13.1 million in 2018 to 15.5 million in 2019. Furthermore, there are over 5.8 million children of school age and 120,000 teachers in need of support in the country (HNO, 2019), mainly due to the widespread destruction of teaching establishments.
Installation of a reverse osmosis unit in Rif Dimashq – Photo: Sleiman Tohme / TGH
The aim of this project is to restore minimum access to drinking water both through an emergency intervention to supply drinking water and sustainable long-term solutions to rehabilitate and/or modernise wells and/or pumping stations. This project also has an innovative component which involves installing a reverse osmosis unit, in order to provide a sustainable solution for the populations which rely on the drinking water supply.
This project also aims to restore a minimum quality of educational infrastructure in order to improve access to safe learning environments respectful of people’s dignity, including for out-of-school children, those traumatised by the conflict, or who have suffered from a lack of education services in recent years. This component also involves identifying, managing and monitoring the most at-risk cases and/or those presenting severe vulnerabilities.
Rehabilitation of a borehole, including supplying a solar power system, in the village of Oqeirbat, Hama governorate - Photo: Fahd Alias Aldaher
Having observed that only a minority of the people surveyed in Eastern Ghouta, in Hama and Dara’a, had adequate hygiene practices, TGH also decided to implement hygiene awareness-raising campaigns on key themes such as water transport and storage and waterborne diseases. Based on the integrated response rationale, these campaigns will only target the geographic areas also concerned by the rehabilitation of water supplies and the pupils in schools supported by this project.
In light of the COVID-19 epidemic and with a view to contributing to stopping the spread of the virus in Syria, TGH has also implemented an emergency response to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in the country, which consists of distributing essential hygiene products and rehabilitating water supply systems.
Rehabilitation of the Ibrahim Batieh school in Hteitet Elturkman – Photo: George Saad / TGH