SEVERAL SERVICE PROJECTS ARE UNDERWAY AS BINAA PREPARES FOR THE WINTER SEASON
BINAA for Development launched a set of service projects aimed at improving living conditions in the IDPcamps in northern Syria. The new projects focus on developing the infrastructure inside the camps and addressing residents’ basic needs.
Specifically related to winter conditions, the projects’ scope includes raising the floors inside residents’ tents. This measure will reinforce the tents, as well as protect them from flooding and erosion.
In addition, a project is underway to build rainwater drainage networks and extend water canals under the roads, to prevent water and mud from collecting along the road path.
When completed, these projects provide solutions to a range of infrastructure issues in the camp – problems that are especially urgent during the winter season. The sewage network extension targets 18 camps and BINAA teams have already started excavation and leveling works in several of these camps. Approximately, 4,771 families will benefit from the sewage network extension project (around 34,615 individuals).
As part of the same project, BINAA teams began surfacing roads with gravel for a number of camps in the Idlib countryside. Rehabilitating the roads in the camps is considered an essential need for the residents: paved roads offer easier movement and reduce the impact of mud and water accumulation, in addition to improving cleanliness and other living conditions in general. Upon completion, the number of beneficiaries from the road surfacing project is expected to be around 10,554 displaced families, (69,417 individuals).
The total number of beneficiaries from these service projects is estimated at 99,570 individuals.
In parallel with the sewage network extention and road surfacing projects, the project provides humanitarian aid to camp residents during the winter season.
The availability of clean water for drinking and daily use remains one of the main challenges facing camp residents. The regular provision of clean is a crucial element in securing basic decent living conditions. For this reason, BINAA continues developing the water infrastructure by establishing water supply networks in the Al-Bashir and Sinan camps. The total number of direct beneficiaries is estimated at more than 170 families, while more than 1,680 families are expected to benefit indirectly.
Sustainability is an integral part of all services and projects implemented by BINAA in Northern Syria. BINAAteams are currently installing solar energy systems that will be used to support the new water networks with sustainable and clean energy.
In addition, BINAA teams launched an initiative to address the fires that frequently break out during the summer. The Organization's officials believe that implementing emergency and prevention plans will contribute to reducing the number of fires and mitigating their damage. The project will mainly focus on improving the quality and speed of the fire response teams when dealing with fires in the camps.
These projects are within BINAA’s mission to provide high-priority projects and services for the displaced populations. The Organization’s teams continue to survey the needs of camp residents and develop sustainable, practical solutions. These include providing basic services, job opportunities, and humanitarian aid, awareness and support.