180 people from the local community and displaced families from Al-Kafr, Hobran, and Ateel villages participated in three seminars held by SARC-health promotion team and aimed to raise awareness on water quality, diseases prevention and epidemics caused by its pollution. The team members completed their activities through cleaning Oxfam water tanks, which supply water to Al-Kafr and Hobran villages; since, SARC Swaida Branch mission doesn’t stop at installing water tanks but it proceeds to maintain and clean it in cooperation with the local community in order to enhance the behaviors of keeping the water clean and prevent diseases.
The sewage treatment station in Al-‘Afinah Village is activated with maximum capacity after Water and Construction team at SARC-Swaida Branch in cooperation with ICRC carried out a rehabilitation and maintenance process there. They support the station with three new pumps and electro-mechanical sets as an alternative in case of failures occurred, repair the air-compressor, and three old pumps. It is worth mentioning that the station serves both of Al-‘Afinah and Hobran villages reaching almost 12000 beneficiaries.
Based on several standards and information collected by livelihoods team, the final stage of the home gardens project has been reached as the team visited various families to evaluate the project’s achievements and see how they benefited of its production regarding the quality and quantity. 1500 families in Swaida Governorate benefited from this project, which SARC and ICRC launched to empower displaced and affected families.
Along the way to the makeshift camp, Um Foaad has a lot to tell about her displacement from Dara’a governorate to Swaida five years ago. As soon as we arrived in her tent, she started distributing the winter clothes, provided by SARC, to her grandchildren without forgetting to dedicate some for orphans. She believes that providing assistance is a humanitarian duty and kind of sharing-joy during hard times. Um Foa’ad and many other families currently live in a camp in Salkhad town, where the SARC volunteers visit them and provide relief materials supported by ICRC and UNHCR.
Two workshops were held by CBHFA team at SARC-Swaida, that included various subjects such as awareness raising about seasonal and chronic diseases, in addition, to an overview on SARC to the 23 participants from the local community of Anz, Al-Mughyir, and Khirbet Awad villages. The workshop aimed to bridge relations with those people and develop an action plan in order to improve health conditions in each village in accordance with its needs.