Water Sanitation

Water Sanitation and Hygiene Program

The WASH program works on providing clean water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene in order to maintain a healthy life and reduce the transmission of water-borne diseases.

Issues related to environmental sanitation where there are provisions for latrines and to develop and promote the prevention of ill health through awareness-raising. Requirements for personal hygiene and waste removal are some basic services provided to beneficiaries.


Program Mission

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


Areas of Expertise:

1.Water and Sanitation Interventions: Provide intelligent interventions to ensure sustainable access to water and sanitation facilities processed through improved resource management.

2. Create a clean and healthy environment: Cooperate with local authorities in the effective management of solid waste and the distribution of hygiene kits to maintain hygiene in families, communities and schools.

3. Promoting hygiene awareness levels: Focus on key home practices, with innovative ideas to maintain effective awareness sessions.

4. Adequate emergency preparedness: Plan to ensure the best response to emergencies with appropriate interventions.


WATAN's WASH history

The first WASH program was implemented in November 2013, providing humanitarian assistance to IDPs and displaced families. The distributions in the district of Al Kasrah- Deir Ezzor consisted of 2,500 water filters, 2,500 sets of hygiene kits, 2,500 sets of winter supplies, 200,000 aqua tablets and 6,600 jerry cans. These distributions were funded by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). This aid benefited 3,100 families and served as a basis for other successful allocations on a much larger scale. In 2016, WATAN expanded its scope of work, rehabilitating the sanitation infrastructure in Mar'at al-Nu'man, with ACTED, and the Leishmaniasis line (between Ariha and Bennish) extending over 9 km, with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The WASH program also rehabilitates water station in more than 20 locations, such as Aleppo, Hasakah and Idleb, in partnership with CARE, ACTED, World Vision and UNICEF.


The program of philosophy and differentiation:

WATAN's water and sanitation program has a rapid response network and when emergencies or displacement occurs, actions are taken within 48-72 hours. There are three main steps that WATAN makes:

1. Rapid needs assessment.

2. Coordination with partners.

3. Response.

WATAN is also working on long-term projects with sustainable results, such as supply systems, sewerage systems and solid waste management projects, including the rehabilitation of landfills. The aim is to create a healthy and clean environment in order to reduce the risks of water-related diseases and other harsh conditions.

The WASH program has implemented several sustainable projects and is currently working on projects including sewage systems in Hasakah as well as supply systems in Daraa. WATAN's strategy aims to create sustainable long-term outcomes in order to reach more beneficiaries.

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


WATAN's stability has enabled:

Implementation of sustainable projects on a large scale.

Working with a strong relief network to respond quickly to a large number of needy people in a short time, supported by partners and donors.

Works in hard-to-reach areas where no one else works.

The protection program works to achieve safety, dignity and people's rights. It aims to reduce exposure to further harm or humiliation and allows for impartial assistance without discrimination or fear of physical or psychological harm. Activities provide support for issues ranging from psychologically affected children and women to gender-based violence to mental health referrals.


Program Mission

Protect the rights and well-being of those affected by conflict by ensuring access to the basics of survival - from food, protection from violence, fear of being forced to leave their homes or being denied access to relief. Also by creating an environment to expand their chances of reaching their full potential.


Areas of Expertise

1. Awareness-raising: Building awareness of human rights themes and support available through a comprehensive referral service.

2. Strengthening protection practices: Working to reduce risks and support vulnerable groups.

3. Mainstreaming protection: Improved key implementation of protection and monitoring in all programs.

4. Enhancing community cohesion: WATAN's two national centers within Syria for use in community integration and psychosocial and social support.


The program of philosophy and differentiation:

WATAN's mobile protection teams are available to provide psycho-social support in emergency situations. The mapping tool for health and education services is also used for situations requiring rapid response, to inform internally displaced persons and refugees in terms of the closest service to their new location, with further follow-up of some cases.

WATAN's protection program aims to protect as many people as possible from the Syrian crisis. The program strives to respond quickly, but has a sustainable impact. The empowerment of girls and women is key to achieving these long-term goals of the protection program, by providing access to resources that encourage and empower women with the skills and confidence necessary to create a healthy living environment and to restore income to their families.


Protection program:

• Strives to empower girls and women.

• It integrates programs through workshops and business development that focus on information exchange, linking technical teams and piloting innovative integration strategies.

• Speed and timing are the key, with major program preparedness plans for any changes in context, as WATAN has strong plans in place, trained staff and established systems.

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