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Bread, water, education – our Humanitarian Aid in the Middle East

29. June 2018 - Middle East
The need for Humanitarian Aid in the Middle East still is one of the biggest worldwide. In Syria alone 13.1 million people are in need for help. More than five million refugees have to be provided for in the neighbouring countries. Also in Iraq the crisis still could not be overcome. arche noVa is working in the region since 2012. The majority of our time, labour and budget goes into Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

Directly at the border to Syria, arche noVa is implementing a WASH project in Lebanon. With the rehabilitation and the expansion of water systems we can reach thousands of families, fled from Syria . They profit from the improved infrastructure as well as the host communities. This significantly contributes to the easing on-site, because the bad supply situation affects everyone living in the region. The local authorities and economy often are extremely overstrained. In many villages water is only available two days a week and only for a few hours. Our project directly meets the needs, which also applies for the emergency aid in Syria and the activities in Iraq.

Our aid in Middle East at a glance:

•    securing regular school lessons for 8.200 children
•    summer courses to catch up with missed courses in 9 schools
•    distribution of bread, food items, additional aid supplies and water for 7.000 families
•    rehabilitation of destroyed and ailing water infrastructure in 16 communities

•    water and sanitary supply for 14.400 displaced people in four camps (district of Kirkuk and Diyala)
•    rehabiliation of water and sanitary systems at 39 schools and in 8 communes (district of Diyala)
•    mobile basic health supply for 15.000 local and refugees (district of Diyala)

•    school courses for 650 Syrian children (district of Zahle, Bekaa region)
•    rehabilitation and expansion of water and sanitary systems in 55 communities as well as in 16 schools (district of Akbar)

In 2017, many thought the region would have to suffer from the final severe year of war. But it was a fallacy. The war has evolved into a constant feeling of pain. Even where the armed conflicts have ended, for example in Iraq, it cannot be spoken of a return into everyday life. The people still need our support.