Humanitarian Relief | Clean Water Provided for Thousands of Displaced Families in Syria

Providing 4,673 displaced individuals in Syria with emergency supplies in two types of kits, specialized water filtration kits and hygiene kits.

“This camp hasn’t been served at all. We’ve been suffering because the lack of food. We’ve also suffered because of problems with our water,” stated a man who lives in a camp for displaced persons in Syria. He expanded on the fact that the water in the camp is contaminated: “Our water source is direct from a well… the water isn’t clean, and it has a lot of debris. The water needs to be filtered in order to make it cleaner and usable.”

The violence in Syria continues to force Syrian families out of their homes and into makeshift camps with limited resources and support from humanitarian aid organizations. Partnering with the organizations GlobalMedic and Watan Rise, which are based in Canada and Turkey respectively, MFA delivered relief supplies to 4,673 people in the camps. These supplies included water filtration and hygiene kits created by GlobalMedic.

In camps across northwest Syria, water is often polluted with dirt and various types of bacteria, which makes it dangerous to drink. To try to solve this issue, families in camps received water filtration kits. These kits have items that are crucial to keeping clean and staying hydrated. For example, they contain ceramic water filters which eliminate 99.99% of bacteria in the water they process. This gives families access to safe drinking water and the ability to stay adequately hydrated. Each kit enables a family to have almost a year’s supply of drinking water.

Many people in the camps face issues when trying to maintain adequate hygiene because there are limited resources, such as soaps and detergents, available. The hygiene kits distributed allow recipients to properly manage their dental and physical hygiene because of its various items. Laundry detergent, bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and feminine hygiene products are some of the products included in the kit. More than 600 families across multiple camps received these products.

In 2019, more than 20,000 thousand people received kits across northwest Syria. More kits can be distributed with the public’s support.

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