Around 1.2 million houses in Syria have been damaged since the start of the conflict, and 400,000 of those have been completely destroyed and are uninhabitable.
As a result of this and ongoing fighting, millions of Syrians have fled their homes and are living as internally displaced persons (IDPs). IDPs take refuge in a variety of places: in ideal situations, fully operational, aid-sufficient collective shelters in schools, buildings, hospitals, or mosques. But of Syria’s 6.1 million IDPs, only 1.7 million are estimated to live in these collective shelters leaving over 70% of Syrian IDPs without access to adequate shelter. And as fighting within the country continues, the need for adequate shelter only increases.
In addition to the physical damages, the emotional and psychological tolls of the crisis have created irreparable wounds and scars in millions of Syrians. This level of trauma is the result of a long-standing crisis, and therefore requires the utmost attention in the form of protection support. With no end in sight to Syria’s conflict and escalating humanitarian crisis, it’s essential to provide holistic support to these vulnerable individuals and communities at large.
In Northern Syria, we provided shelter, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) well rehabilitation and health assistance in Aleppo where a large number of IDPs and indigenous communities have been living in makeshift homes and shelters. The project was started to provide a higher and healthier living standard in the area and to better integrate IDPs with the local population. WASH support included rehabilitating water and sewage and sanitation systems for schools and neighborhoods and providing locals with the tools needed to maintain the repaired systems. We also provided capacity-building and empowering workshops for local communities.