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Syria

Multisector support to conflict-affected populations in camps and host communities

In 2015, ACTED provided emergency assistance to over 800,000 displaced people settled in camps and within host communities in Syria through camp management activities, provision of basic water and sanitation services, and distributions of cash, food and non-food item. ACTED also implemented activities seeking to strengthen the resilience of communities in close coordination with the local authorities (Local Councils): rehabilitation of water networks, support to waste management in urban areas and support to agriculture through distribution of agricultural inputs and trainings. Finally, as part of its remote management strategy, ACTED supported the capacity development of Syrian actors and partners based in Turkey and Jordan.

Life-saving food assistance to vulnerable conflict-affected populations

In Northern Syria, crop production has drastically decreased as the production chain has been impacted by the crisis. The subsequent spike in food prices combined with the erosion of livelihoods has left the population struggling to meet basic food needs. ACTED distributed monthly food baskets in camps and host communities in Idleb governorate, and cash assistance in XXX governorate to over 415,000 vulnerable households. In rural areas of Idleb, ACTED also distributed tents to 400 vulnerable families without shelter and strengthened the capacities of 276 vulnerable local farmers to generate income and increase their production through the distribution of agricultural inputs and fuel, support to irrigation, and trainings.

Improved access to safe and clean water for vulnerable populations in Northern Syria

With the collapse of basic public services and bombings, 70% of the water and sanitation infrastructures in opposition-controlled areas in Syria are not functioning anymore and need rehabilitation in order to ensure proper access to basic services to the populations and avoid further displacements. In 2015, ACTED rehabilitated 5 water networks in the governorates of Idleb and Aleppo, in Northern Syria. Through these rehabilitations, almost 7,000 households connected to the networks are now able to access on average 44 liters of water per person per day. Where feasible, ACTED has also installed dedicated pumps within the networks to chlorine the water and facilitate the living conditions of thousands of women who are normally in charge to chlorinate the water before storing. Water committees were set up and trained to ensure the network is sustainably maintained.

Building a more effective response to the Syria crisis through humanitarian information and coordination

REACH has been increasingly involved in the different coordination mechanisms for Syria, mainly the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM, Shelter/ NFI, FSL and the Cash Based Response working group) to whom REACH has provided information management support and advice on field assessments. REACH has also conducted more than 20 multi-sectoral needs assessments mainly focusing on the living condition of displaced households in opposition-controlled areas. The reports of the assessments have been shared through REACH website and disseminated to the cluster members. By doing so, REACH has gained in visibility among the information management and operational partners and increased the availability of information for the humanitarian agencies.

Support the early recovery of conflict-affected Syrian communities

In 2016, ACTED will remain involved in emergency support to conflict-affected displaced people and host communities, and expand its activities to resilience-based programmes, to ensure the communities are better equipped to cope with the crisis. ACTED will therefore mutually support both water and sanitation and food security, agriculture and livelihood sectors, through the rehabilitation of water networks and sewage systems, support to local agriculture and capacity-building to community governance structures. These activities will be implemented in Idleb, in close coordination with other humanitarian actors, including ACTED peers in the MENA region to ensure a harmonized approach to the Syrian humanitarian response.

Improving the environmental health conditions of 60,000 people in Aleppo

Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the local authorities are facing increasing difficulties to ensure the provision of basic public services to their communities, such as maintenance of water networks and regular waste management. In 2015, ACTED provided assistance the Local Council of Aleppo to remove an informal dumpsite that had grown in the city center, leading to important environmental and health issues for the population. To this end, ACTED supported the capacities of the Local Council to rent trucks and hire workers to displace the garbage to a formal dumpsite and ensure the cleaning of the area, directly benefitting over 60,000 people.

Partners in 2015

Fondation Carrefour, European Commission Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), ShelterBox, World Food Programme (WFP).

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