This month, GrifAid is working with ACTED, France's second largest NGO, to bring safe water to people affected by the crisis in Iraq.
This is the first of 5 case studies that we will present on our blog which all show the scale of the challenges that ACTED are facing in providing safe water to internally displaced persons in Iraq (IDP's). Providing safe water is only one of ACTED's objectives, but as can be seen from what follows, it is a vital part of ensuring that what is already a crisis of enormous proportions does not become even worse.
The text and images that follow are extracts from a report prepared by Ciara Noone the ACTED WASH Program Manager responsible for the region:
1. Unfinished building, Ali Khalaf Village, Kulagu, Kifri
55 families (310 people) are currently living in an unfinished building in AIi Khalaf Village. The families are living in a village in close contact with animals and require urgent hygiene and sanitation assistance.
The local river is the water source for the community, and the local government intermittently trucks water to the IDPs. The local groundwater is not of a suitable quality for drinking and the local community does not use it, and as such ACTED recommends using the river water and providing a reliable safe source to the IDPs by supplying water pumps and treating the water.
Three large tanks are required: one 10m³ and two 2m³, as well as household water storage: 110 10L jerry cans, and 55 20L buckets. Each family needs a water heating unit to cope with the current conditions. There are no latrines or washing facilities and currently the families are using the facilities of neighbours. Furthermore, the sanitation facilities of their neighbours are often not at minimum standards.
The families require infrastructure to improve their sanitation condition: eight latrines and eight washing facilities (gender separated) and a hand washing basin per household. In order to allow the families to improve their hygiene practices, they require one hygiene kit per family, waste bins and baby kits.