The WASH project aims at maintaining the functionality of water and sanitation infrastructure and ensuring safe and dignified access to these facilities through rehabilitation, installation and maintenance work, as well as raising awareness about hygiene issues through hygiene promotion activities and regular cleaning campaigns. It also aims to provide safe potable water for beneficiaries to sustain their lives in a proper manner.
The project also aims at reducing the amount of accumulated waste by training beneficiaries and providing equipment for solid waste management. On the other hand, it seeks to reduce the vulnerability of women and adolescents girls to gender-based violence and to facilitate safe and comfortable access to water and sanitation facilities for people with specific needs by redesigning and maintaining water and sanitation infrastructure.
WASH in 2017
In 2017, the Syrian Society for Social Development (SSSD) engaged in the implementation of the WASH Program activities in the various 33 collective shelters (CSs) where it happens to intervene in the governorates of Damascus, Rural Damascus, Aleppo, Homs and Hama.
SSSD has been concerned with solid waste management within those CSs, so it carried out 712 campaigns to collect and remove waste and clean up sewage facilities. It also promoted hygiene and community health awareness by holding 480 awareness sessions for women and children and distributing 5,128 leaflets in the CSs on various health and hygiene topics. Number of beneficiaries: 9,969 direct (living in CSs) and 132,000 indirect beneficiaries (from the local communities living in the proximity of the CSs).
SSSD also carried out the installation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the sewage and water infrastructure within CSs. 18,391 people benefited from these works. It also provided the shelters with 2,466,520 liters of water by water trucking and conducted 404 water safety and potability tests using special testing devices.
Last but not least, SSSD offered in-kind assistance in the form of NFIs, such as cleaning materials and tools to maintain family hygiene standards and cleanliness of CSs. It also paid special attention to PwSN by distributing 193 kg of diapers to help keep their physical cleanliness and safety.