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ALGERIA (Sahrawi refugees)

Assistance programme to vulnerable Saharawi refugees living in the camps south of Tindouf

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Multisectoral

Multisectoral

FUNDING

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BENEFICIARIES

90,000
people

FROM 05/01/2014 TO 04/30/2015

12
months

BUDGET

580,000
euros

This programme aims to maintain efficient logistics means and target in priority the most vulnerable beneficiaries (including disabled people). It is divided into three areas of intervention:

The mechanical workshop
The central mechanical workshop (administered by TGH since 2002) manages the maintenance and repair of a fleet of over a hundred vehicles and 50 generators, but suffers from a lack of human, material and financial resources to cope with the huge workload. In fact, the vehicles ensure the provision of most of the humanitarian services to the refugees (distribution of food, non-food items and water, ambulances, electricity, etc.). Multiple constraints and extreme weather conditions in the area forced the workshop to adopt an emergency strategy in order to meet the most immediate needs with the most essential vehicles.
The construction of the new building with a total area of 390m2 will supposedly last two years. Two workshops will be set up: a first one dedicated to the maintenance and repair of heavy goods vehicles (tank trucks used for the distribution of water, trucks used for the distribution of food, garbage trucks, etc.), and a second one dedicated to light goods vehicles (ambulances and vehicles for humanitarian programmes). A workshop for precision mechanics will also be set up. The building will also include an administration section with offices, meeting rooms and living areas. Improving the repair and maintenance of the fleet will allow the optimization of the entire humanitarian logistics on the camps.

Handicap
In 2013-2014, TGH operated mainly in two wilayas to provide equipment and support to people with disabilities. This programme is a continuation of this action: the most vulnerable people are always followed and supported by physiotherapists, and distributions target two new wilayas. The latter should be subject to a new programme for the year 2015-2016.

The actions carried out in close collaboration with the Ministry of Social Assistance and Advancement of Saharawi Women are as follows:

Security
The General Directorate of National Security (GDNS) will provide some of its staff members in order to ensure security, via an escort system, on the operating bases of Weather Haven and Protocol, when moving inside the camps or during transfers. The security team will be coordinated and paid for by TGH.