Water Sanitation and Hygiene

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program works to provide clean water for the purpose of drinking, cooking, personal health and hygiene in order to maintain healthy lives and limit the transmission of waterborne diseases.

Connected are the environmental Sanitation issues where there are provisions for latrines and the development and promotion of ill-health prevention through raising awareness. Personal hygiene requirements and waste removal are some of the basic services provided to the beneficiaries.   

 

Program Mission

Providing assistance to vulnerable families in order to ensure access to usable water, in a clean environment with improved sanitation and hygiene promotion with sustainable and stable interventions.


Areas of Expertise

1.Water and Sanitation Interventions:

Provide smart interventions to guarantee sustainable access to water resources and equipped sanitation facilities through improved resource management.

2. Creating a Clean, Healthy Environment:

Co-working with local authorities in the implementation of effective solid waste management and the distribution of hygiene kits with the needed material to maintain hygiene in households, communities and schools.

3. Enhance Levels of Hygiene Awareness:

Focusing on key household practices, with innovative ideas for maintaining the effectiveness of the awareness sessions.

4. Appropriate preparedness for emergency:

Plan to ascertain the best solutions to respond to emergencies with adequate interventions.

 

WATAN’s History

The WASH program’s first project was undertaken in November 2013, with provisions of humanitarian aid to IDP’s and vulnerable households. The distributions in the district of Al-Kasrah- Dair Al Zor, consisted of 2,500 water filters, 2,500 hygiene kits, 2,500 winterisation kits, 200,000 aqua-tablets and 6,600 jerry cans. These distributions were funded by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). The aid benefited 3,300 households and worked as the basis for other successful distributions on a much larger scale. Now in 2016, WATAN has expanded its span of operation and is working on the rehabilitation of infrastructure of sewage systems in Mar’at al Numan, with ACTED, as well as a leishmaniosis line (between Ariha to Bennish) stretching more than 9 km, with OCHA. The WASH program is also working on the rehabilitation of water stations in more than 20 locations, such as Aleppo, Hasaka and Idleb, in partnership CARE, ACTED, World Vision and UNICEF.

WATAN Program Philosophy and Differentiators

WATAN’s WASH program has a Rapid Response network and when emergencies or displacement occurs, action is taken within 48-72 hours. There are three main steps that WATAN conducts:

  • Rapid needs assessment.
  • Coordination with the partners.
  • Response.

WATAN is also working to provide long-term projects with sustainable results, such as supply systems, sewage systems and solid waste management projects including rehabilitation of landfills. The aim is to create a hygienic environment in order to reduce risks of water-related diseases and further dire circumstances.

The WASH program has implemented many sustainable projects and are currently working on projects included sewage systems in Hasaka as well as supply systems in Daraa. WATAN’s strategy is about creating sustainability for long-term outcomes, with the aim of reaching more beneficiaries. 

As a result of the Syrian crisis, many WASH facilities have been destroyed.  WATAN has a deep understanding of the context, with sustainable and effective solutions applied by its specialised staff who have strong coordination with the local authorities and partners.

WATAN’s stability has allowed it to:

  • Conducting sustainable projects on a large scale.
  • work with a strong relief network in order to respond rapidly reaching a large number of people in need in a short time, with support from partners and donors.
  • Works in hard to reach areas where no one else works.

WATAN projects

  • UNICEF WASH Project
  • ACTED WASH Project 1
  • ACTED WASH Project 2
  • ACTED WASH Project 3

Overall numbers and graphs:

2012- 0

2013- 1000

2014- 200,000

2015- 841,066

2016- 1,513,138

Total number of beneficiaries- 2,555,204 beneficiaries

Locations of intervention

Syria:

Rural and city of Idleb, Hasaka, rural and city of Aleppo, Daraa and Qunaitra        

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