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Syria

Since March 2011, Syria has been the scene of a civil war the extreme violence of which has led to the death of nearly 400,000 people and massive population displacements within the country itself, in neighbouring countries and in Europe. The conflict stalemate and the scale of the fighting have led to the intervention of foreign powers, and the country's instability has encouraged the establishment of terrorist groups. The threat they represent and the diverse interests defended by the various actors make conciliation attempts difficult.

This conflict has caused a global migration crisis since the summer of 2015. Syrians represent the largest refugee group in the world with nearly 5 million people having fled the country.

Battles to liberate cities from the Islamic state or other rebel groups have claimed the lives of many civilians and led to the internal displacement of a large part of the population. The offensive against Eastern Ghouta - eight weeks of fighting including massive bombings - killed nearly 2,000 civilians and displaced nearly 100,000 people. 50,000 people were also temporarily displaced to host sites, in search of basic assistance and a response to their most essential needs.

Already present in Iraq since 2013, mainly working with Syrian refugee populations, TGH decided in spring 2016 to open a mission in the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR). This decision was reflected in the signing of a partnership agreement (or MoU - Memorandum of Understanding) with SARC (the Syrian Arab Red Crescent) in May 2017. This cooperation should make it possible to respond to emergencies and reconstruction needs of this region where the destruction or departure of competent staff has rendered dysfunctional many essential services.

Current programmes

Emergency assistance to displaced people, host populations and returnees affected by the conflict in rural areas of the governorate of Hama.

This programme provides WASH services that meet minimum standards and address the specific needs of underserved populations in the Hama Region.

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 Area of expertise

Wash

 Key figures

 Beneficiaries: 17,750 people
 Duration: 12 months 01/11/18 - 31/11/19
 Budget: K$ 315

 Funding

SHF-OCHA
  • Funding: SHF – OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

With the ongoing conflict in Syria, the country is faced with an unprecedented destruction of its water distribution and management infrastructure.
Since the beginning of the crisis, the governorate of Hamah has been affected by violence and has been the victim of the intensification in fighting since the second half of 2017. As a result, the region's needs have increased and many remote areas are poorly served. The main source of drinking water is the supply by tanker truck, often organised by the authorities in charge. TGH has identified this region as a relevant intervention area, as it borders the governorate of Idlib, the last besieged enclave controlled by opposition groups, where possible offensives could lead to further population displacements.

The programme focuses on the cities of Aqrab and Harbanifse, which currently host 17,750 people. That population is likely to increa se in the event of the return of displaced populations or further population movements from the Idlib Region.
Boreholes and water storage facilities will be restored and maintenance equipment will be installed.
Hygiene kits (family kits and women's only kits) will be distributed to the population and hygiene promotion sessions will be organised. The identification of needs in the area will be carried out in consultation with the project's beneficiary populations, who will also take part in the assessment and possible readjustment of planned activities.
These actions are carried out in partnership with the Syrian Red Crescent.

Evaluation carried out by the TGH team at the Aqrab water station

Evaluation carried out by the TGH team at the Aqrab water station
Photo : Catherine Ward / TGH ©

Children drinking water from the damaged tank in Harbanifse

Children drinking water from the damaged tank in Harbanifse
Photo : Catherine Ward / TGH ©

Emergency assistance to displaced people affected by the conflict in Eastern Ghouta.

This programme provides WASH services that meet minimum standards and address the specific needs of underserved populations in Eastern Ghouta.

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 Area of expertise

Wash

 Key figures

 Beneficiaries: 66,784 people
 Duration: 4 months 01/11/18 - 28/02/19
 Budget: K$ 250

 Funding

SHF-OCHA
  • Funding: SHF – OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

Five years of siege and eight weeks of intense fighting and bombings have caused extensive destruction in most of the main villages of Ghouta. Water supply no longer works, forcing people to consume unsafe water, or to consume less water, with obvious consequences in terms of health and hygiene. TGH therefore identified the water sector as a priority.

This programme is a continuation of the actions started in May 2018 to assist displaced populations in Eastern Ghouta. The previous programme revealed significant needs for access to water in many areas that lacked drinking water sources and therefore depended on the water distributions conducted by the authorities and humanitarian agencies.

Water trucking services have been extended to underserved areas. The installation of water point maintenance equipment is also planned, in cooperation with the organisations also present in the area. TGH's actions are complementary to the restoration activities developed by other actors in the region.

Water tank in the city of Harasta

Water tank in the city of Harasta
Photo : Pierre Tamer / TGH ©

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Water tank user in Harasta
Photo : Pierre Tamer / TGH ©

Completed Programmes

Emergency assistance to displaced people displaced by the conflict in Eastern Ghouta.

This programme provides WASH services that meet minimum standards and address the specific needs of underserved populations in Eastern Ghouta.

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 Area of expertise

Wash

 Key figures

 Beneficiaries: 13,890 people
 Duration: 6 months 01/05/18 - 04/10/18
 Budget: €183.600

 Funding

Action-Humanitaire-France-CIAA-MAEDI-CDCS
  • Funding: French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Centre

Five years of siege and eight weeks of intense fighting and bombings have caused extensive destruction in most of the main villages of Ghouta. Water supply no longer works, forcing people to consume unsafe water, or to consume less water, with obvious consequences in terms of health and hygiene. TGH therefore identified the water sector as a priority.

Water trucking as well as the emptying of septic tanks and/or grey water networks are being organised for displaced people.

Use of a water tank in the Electricity Compound collective centre

Use of a water tank in the Electricity Compound collective centre
Photo : Pierre Tamer / TGH ©

Water points in the Al Nasser collective centre

Water points in the Al Nasser collective centre
Photo : Pierre Tamer / TGH ©

Last updated Febuary 19, 2019