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Lebanon: Improvement of access to water for host communities and refugees

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The war waits behind the river Nahr Al Kabir which separates the North of Lebanon and Syria. Life has changed in the Lebanese district Accar as violence, destruction and displacement took over. Visible signs are the thousands of Syrian families who fled there. It is estimated that in total up to two million Syrians seek protection in the neighboring country. Some of them settled down directly in the borderland. They live in informal camps, empty houses, rented rooms or makeshift shelters.
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The dimension of the influx is a discomfort to the area. Additionally, there are long-standing conflicts between different ethnic and religious groups, threatening to escalate. In view of the variety of challenges the politicians in charge and the administration can hardly meet their duties. There is shortage and mismanagement. For the local inhabitants and the Syrian families this means a life under extreme conditions.

Dilapidated water systems will be repaired

In cooperation with two local partner organizations arche noVa addresses one of the most pressing issues: the water supply. In six communities with 15.500 inhabitants the drinking water and service water systems will be vindicated and expanded. The activities include wells, pumps, pipelines and reservoir tanks. Finally the local and the fled families will receive better water for less money.

The North of District Akkar was barely tapped even prior to the acute crisis and since the influx of the Syrian refugees the supply conditions are entirely inadequate. Families with a fixed address receive water from the centralized system twice a week for one hour. The allocation is not adequate to meet the needs. Repair works on the more than 30-year-old systems have been neglected for years. This is even worse as the local inhabitants and the responsible authorities do not dispose the financial means to change this.

In this case of emergency most of the families meet their needs by purchasing bottled water from commercial providers. The money which is spent on this is missing for food, clothes, electricity, school books, medicals and everything else that the families need. In contrast, those who waive safe, bottled water, have to reckon to suffer from water indicated diseases. The health authorities consider that half of all illnesses are caused by contaminated foods and water. Aim of our project is to improve the hygiene conditions significantly. For this construction measures are implemented and furthermore specific hygiene promotion is provided.

Improvement of provision for pupils

The other main point of our project focuses on the education sector, more specific on the water and sanitation supply in schools. In coordination with the responsible authorities and the communities on spot, our team determined 16 schools in the project area, with the most urgent need for action. Generally speaking: the supply systems are obsolete and exhibit sustainable defects in most of the schools. Our team identifies the necessary measures for each selected school individually and develops a customized improvement suggestion which will be implemented. In addition to the vindication of water systems, toilets and washbasins the construction works also include the installation of water filters and drinking water dispensers.

Participation and integration on every level

The people in Lebanon are used to handling their affairs on their own. They wait in vain for external assistance or the intervention of government agencies. Major plans like the maintenance of water infrastructure often lie idle for years. In the meantime the grievances extend to further areas – including the environment, power supply and health system. The acceptance of many Syrian refugees made the situation even more difficult. So far, the international assistance focuses on informal refugee shelters in particular. Our project approach takes a different path and includes all affected people and all interest groups. Not only the municipalities but also the responsible authorities on the different administrative levels participate from the very beginning.

Our project focuses equally on locals as well as on refugee families from Syria and therefor defuses the competitive situation which developed during the last years despite the hospitality toward asylum seekers. Delicate questions like the equitable access to water or the potential necessary rationing of expenses will be discussed with the project community.

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One school toilet seat
20
Soap for a soap dispenser for one year
50
Water purification tabs for one household one year
100
One 1.000 liter water tank for a family
196
Mounting up of a 2.000 liter tank for more than one family

Project Overview

Target Group
41.000 people (Syrian refugees and Lebanese residents) in Akkar District
Objective

Improvement of water supply for Syrian refugees and local population in Northern Lebanon

Activities
  • Vindication of eleven local water supply systems
  • Improvement of water supply and water-saving toilets in 36 schools
  • Hygiene promotions for 13.000 families (refugees and residents)
Duration
Since July 2016
Co-operation partners

Tankamel Sawa
Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA)

Donors
  • Federal Ministry for Economic and Cooperation and Development
  • private donors
 
Contact
Meike John
Meike John
Abteilung
Kommunikation
Funktion
Editor Public Relations
Standort
Dresden
Telefon
+49 351 481984-12

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