WASH – Water Sanitation and Hygiene

The RNVDO, in partnership with other NGOs, runs WASH-activities in Jad’ah Camp, Nineveh Governorate in Iraq, which include:

Water: implementing the usage of safe, accessible water for cooking, drinking, and personal hygiene.

Sanitation: avoiding feces and urine pollution, which prevents transmission of pathogens to water supply and food sources.

Hygiene: a practice of maintaining personal cleanliness to prevent illnesses.

The RNVDO’s WASH projects focus on water trucking, water quality testing, monitoring, operations and maintenance of WASH facilities, solid waste management, desludging and drainage activities, hygiene promotion and coordination with community, actors, and government.

  1. Water

The RNVDO provides people with safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene needs, installs tap stands, makes water quality tests, installs covered showers and restrooms with regular cleaning, and devastates septic tanks/cesspools. Also, we arrange training for the hygiene promoters/community mobilizers, provide them with additional capacity building and provide the beneficiaries with family hygiene kits.

  • Water quality testing

The water testing activities includes testing water quality in the camp gate, water tanks, testing randomly for tents, monitoring and signing vouchers by WASH staff and CCM staff.

RNVDO had done 57,690 test for the water from 2016 in all WASH programs.

  • Water Distributing

The water distribution is being done in Jad’ah camp as per requirement including; Jad’ah 1: 40 water tanks, Jad’ah 2: 50 water tanks, Jad’ah 3: 80 water tanks, Jad’ah 4: 60 water tanks, Jad’ah 5: 200 water tanks, Jad’ah 6: 177 water tanks.

RNVDO has reached 758,570 M3 of water that delivered to beneficiaries.

During water distribution, it was ensured that; certain amount (quantity)/number of tanks, ensuring that the tanks are full, safety measurements for each water trucking, providing suitable conditions for transporting water, the tankers must be provided with water pumps, controlling the condition of water supply pipes, trucks must be equipped with stairs, ensuring that the covers of tanks are closed after filling, removing signs that the tank is dedicated to drinking water and avoiding wasting water during transportation.

In total RNVDO has installed 297 big tanks. The water trucks reached to 21,071 transfers.

  1. Sanitation
  • Desludging

Garbage collection includes daily garbage collection, collecting waste from garbage bins and garbage bags in tents, transporting collected garbage from camps to outside dumping area.

For the cleaning activity, three labors from every 500 tents including one female and two males were selected. Cleaning latrines and showers ensured twice a day. Cleaning sanitation ensured by cleaning materials (Dettol, Tide and disinfection materials). Labors should use gloves, masks and specified kits.

The total of desludging transfer reached 3,418 trucks.

In waste management and debris removing RNVDO has transfer 7,870 trucks from the camps and cities.

  1. Hygiene promotion
  • Hygiene promotion awareness

The 6 mobile teams of hygiene promotion in Jad’ah camps carrying out the following activities: weekly schedule activities, camp visiting, reporting, feedback, meeting with Al-Mokhtars, meeting with volunteer teams, awareness campaign, ceremony activities and survey.

249,374 beneficiaries has been support by hygiene promotion awareness.

and 99,137 hygiene kits distributed for the beneficiaries around Iraq.

  • Maintenance of WASH facilities

The RNVDO has two maintenance workshops and especial maintenance teams with the ability to make required fixing and maintenance for most of the WASH facilities in the camps. The maintenance team uses special tools to complete their jobs. The team is involved in fixing broken items (latrines, showers, taps, tanks, doors, electric boards, closed toilets, cesspools, privacy screens, septic tanks, etc.).

8,025 WASH units has been rehabilitated and maintenance by RNVDO team, and 1089 WASH unit been constructed and 721 Septic tanks and cesspools did construction and maintenance.

  • Coordination: RNVDO ensured coordination at various level to ensure the effectively services deliveries to its beneficiaries;

First level coordination (IDPs inside the camp) includes coordination with camp management, Mukhtars, volunteer teams, partners in camps, hygiene promotion team.

Second level coordination – with local authorities, local police, municipality and health department, heads of tribes from the surrounding community, other camps in the area, other NGOs working in WASH project in the area.

Third level coordination – RNVDO ensured the effective with the WASH Cluster Mosul Governorate, the Ministry of Displacement and Migration (MODM) and the Prime Minister Office, the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center (JCMC).

  • Capacity and strategy response

The RNVDO had full time 24/7 employees ready for any emergency request, which provided a high level of coordination with local authorities. All WASH employees from the RNVDO were provided by training from the RNVDO, Oxfam, the IMC, and HAEC. The RNVDO has a strong working structure for managing WASH activities in the camp; the system is reliable in emergency decision making.

At RNVDO, WASH is a key intervention for the survival of communities during an emergency. It has been a part of the RNVDO`s first-line response since 2016. The RNVDO designed and implemented WASH programs with support and in partnership with UNICEF, Iraq Humanitarian Pool Fund (IHPF), Oxfam, Cordaid, International Mercy Corps (IMC), Qatar Red Crescent (QRC), UN Habitat, Islamic Relief France (SIF) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA).

The RNVDO has served Haj Ali Shelters, Tina Camps, Jad`ah Camps, and Mosul, through water trucking, construction of WASH, sanitation facilities and hygiene kits distribution. The RNVDO reached 511,178 beneficiaries around Iraq. Our services include water trucking, hygiene kits distribution, garbage collection, solid waste management, debris removal, desludging, and awareness campaigns. The RNVDO in partnership with NCA helped to provide these services in west Mosul, also, to rehabilitate WASH facilities in schools in Qayarah area.

The RNVDO, supported by UNICEF and IHPF, provides WASH services for over 55,000 beneficiaries across 15,500 plots in 1st – 6 h Jad’ah camps. These interventions improve IDPs’ safe access to water of sufficient quality and quantity, and access to sanitation and hygiene.

The RNVDO is an active member of the Iraq WASH Cluster and actively participates in water trucking, hygiene promotion, and water treatment plant working groups in Iraq.