Wells for Al Anbar

 

Providing a sustainable water supply for 200,000 Iraqi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) with German assistance.

During 2016 over 3.2 million IDP’s have been registered inside Iraq. Approximately 10 million people, one third of Iraq’s population, are in need of basic humanitarian assistance such as food security, provision of shelter or education and health and protection services. 6.6 million people are in need of drinking (potable) water, sanitation facilities and hygiene services. These numbers not only reveal the dimension of the catastrophic humanitarian situation inside the country but also gives an insight of the context of the work undertaken by humanitarian aid organizations such as Rebuild Iraq Recruitment Program (RIRP). RIRP is the country program responsible for Iraq under the umbrella organization Rebuild and Relief International (RRI NGO), a German non-government and non-profit organization with its headquarter in Berlin.

Last year, RIRP in cooperation with the Humanitarian Assistance of the German Government constructed 10 wells with water purification systems (Reverse Osmosis system or RO system) in Al Anbar and another 10 systems in Al Najaf. Following the successful construction of the wells and installation of the RO systems, the systems are operating unobstructed and are producing daily fresh drinking water to the IDP’s living in the nearby camps. Each RO system is capable of delivering 1 cubic meter of potable water per hour and therefore secures a sustainable water supply for many people.

After the successful completion of the 20 wells and RO systems, we have now been awarded a contract to build a further 30 wells and water purification systems in Salah al Din and Al Anbar. The construction work, with a duration of 1 year, will start in May and is divided into two phases. During the first phase, RIRP will construct 15 wells in Al Anbar Governorate while in the second phase we will construct another 5 wells in Al Anbar and 10 wells in Salah al-Din.
The project locations for the first phase will be the areas around Al-Falluja, Amiriyat Fallujah and Habbaniya. Within these areas there are many thousands of IDP’s who have fled from violence in and around Ramadi or other areas within Anbar and also from northern Iraq. The need for clean drinking water in this region is very high and will rise during the upcoming summer months. In Habbaniya Tourist City we witnessed the outbreak of many different skin diseases and/or diarrhoea due to contaminated water. Therefore, the supply of fresh drinking water is urgently needed, in order to reduce and to prevent the outbreak of further water borne diseases.

RIRP is thankful to the German Government for enabling us to continue this lifesaving work and assist the IDP’s to live within a dignified and secure environment.


 

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