19 Jan 2016

NRC - Assisting IDPs and Refugees throughout Iraq

Shelter safety awareness trainings

NRC is currently providing Shelter Safety Awareness trainings to 200 individuals in the Syrian refugee camps in Erbil (Darashakran, Kawergosk, Basirma and Qushtapa camps). Individuals from different groups of the community are participating in the trainings where NRC tries to empower community members to identify and follow up on issues related to shelter safety. Some of the trained participants will then go on to form Camp Construction Committees (CCC), one in each camp, and be in charge of cooperating and facilitating all shelter related activities with camp administration and management as well as with shelter service providers.

The trainings will be conducted once a week and last two – three hours for a period of eight weeks (Participation is voluntary and there are no financial gains).


Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance to displaced populations in Dohuk

Last week NRC provided Organised Displaced Women Housing, Land and Properties Rights training for 30 participants working for both national and international organisations and agencies such as UNHCR, UNFPA, IRC, FRC, DRC, IOM and HARIKAR. The two-day training was meant to provide knowledge and raise awareness around displaced women’s right related to Housing, Land and Property (HLP).
Further, information and counselling sessions on HLP rights and registration and civil documentation were given to 40 internally displaced persons in Dohuk last week.

Rapid Response distributions and cash assistance

NRC continues to assist newly displaced families from Ramadi with Rapid Response Mechanism kits containing food parcels, water and hygiene kits.  441newly displaced families from Ramadi, in addition to 186 families from other areas in Anbar such as Heet, Rawa, Anna, Qaim, Rutba and Mosul were assisted by NRC’s Rapid Response team in Habaniya Tourist City-Al-Qasr Camp and Amiriyat Al-Falluja-Sabaa Sanabul Camp.

In addition, emergency non-food items supplemented by winterisation kits  containing blankets, mattresses, kitchen kits, hygiene kits, kerosene space heaters and floor mats was distributed to 392 newly arrived families from Ramadi in Habaniya Tourist City-Al-Qasr Camp and Habaniya Tourist City-Al-Qasr Camp.

NRC’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) team installed water storage tanks and provided water trucking as a response to the new expansion of Habaniya Tourist City-Al-Qasr Camp to host the growing number of newly displaced families from Ramadi.
In Baghdad, NRC continues to hand out one-off emergency cash for newly displaced families who have already received emergency assistance. Last week, cash was distributed to 48 families in Baghdad.

Education- providing  trainings and equipment

NRC provided teacher trainings with a focus on IT and science for 26 teachers who are all members of the refugee community in Kawergosk, Darashakran and Qushtapa camps. Further, NRC gave trainings in psychosocial support and social cohesion to ten teachers, all part of the internally displaced persons community in Khabat camp. The goal is to train up the teachers so they can provide similar trainings for the rest of the teachers. A teacher training plan for Hashm camp for internally displaced persons is being drafted and prepared for use in the upcoming weeks.

NRC continues to distribute training and learning material for both students and teachers in displaced communities. Last week, stationary items were distributed to 600 internally displaced person’s students in Harsham camp and 4000 internally displaced persons and host community students in Khabat camp.

With a focus on security, NRC’s Education team installed security lights in Kawergsok, Darashakran and Qushtapa camps for Syrian refugees in Erbil last week.

66 catch-up classes for 158 students were provided by NRC teachers in addition to providing 5 substitute classes. NRC’s teams visited in total 299 households in order to follow up on school enrolment. NRC also follows up on the student’s mental health and last week 23 students were referred to a specialist doctor in Khabat.

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