DOHA, – Qatar Red Crescent Society’s (QRCS) mission in Iraq has completed the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) project, in Qushtapa Syrian Refugee Camp, Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan.

The completed project had already been handed over to the Kurdish government.

Sixty percent of the project’s US$2,250,000 budget, was contributed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), while QRCS contributed 40 percent plus the execution of works.

The project was undertaken to support and improve the living conditions of Syrian refugees in Erbil, by building 696 toilets and sanitary facilities, constructing a sewage network throughout the camp, and launching awareness
campaigns to enhance personal hygiene.

The established sewage network is safe, integrated, and environment-friendly. It will serve up to 3,480 Syrians in the camp.

Located nearly 20 km away from the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Qushtapa, is a small camp with only 892 tents, hosting around 5,300 refugees, mostly women and children.

QRCS and UNICEF have already worked together on several projects, for the benefit of Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan, totalling US$2,341,417, to improve the conditions of the refugee camps, until they can be repatriated.

Currently, QRCS personnel in Iraq are preparing for the Ramadan Iftar project, in cooperation with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS).

Food packages will be delivered to 3,500 poor families in displaced Iraqi camps across the governorates of Baghdad (500), Erbil (700), Sulaymaniyah (500), Dahuk (1,500), and Kirkuk (300).

To ensure transparency, a public tender was conducted for securing the food aid.

The distribution is coordinated with the camp chiefs and guards, to reach out to the most vulnerable, particularly orphans, the elderly, female breadwinners, and widows.


Source: Name News Network