23 Feb 2016

NRC - Weekly Activity Update 23 February 2016

Expanding emergency response to newly displaced families

In addition to NRC’s response in Amiriyat Al-Falluja camps and at the Bezibiz bridge, NRC last week expanded its rapid response distributions to Al Nasir camp and Al Amal Manshoud camps. In total food parcels, water and hygiene kits were given to 378 newly displaced families. The families have recently been displaced from violence in Sijariya, Jueiba and Hussyba Al-Sharqiya east of Ramadi as well as Heet, Rawa, Anna, Qaim and Shirqat (Mosul). In Qushtapa in Erbil, NRC distributed emergency non-food item kits and baby kits to 80 internally displaced families.

NRC has performed water trucking in order to meet the needs of newly displaced families currently residing in Amiriyat Al-Falluja camp in Anbar. Last week the activities expanded to Al-Salam camp as well in order to reach out to the needs of 200 newly displaced families from Ramadi and surrounding areas.

In Forat Sub-district, Al-Rasheed District, Baghdad and Abu Ghreib District, NRC continues to respond to the WASH needs of vulnerable IDPs that are residing in sub-standard shelters such unfinished buildings and collective centres. Last week NRC performed hygiene promotion and distributed of hygiene kits to 240 families.

In order to better meet the individual needs of displaced persons, NRC performs cash assistance and last week 73 families received one-off emergency cash in Baghdad. NRC also follows up with information, counselling and legal assistance in Baghdad and last week conducted several group information sessions and legal counselling.

Information, counselling and legal assistance

NRC organised and conducted group based information sessions on Housing, Land and Property issues and Registration and Civil Documentation in different locations in camps and non-camp settings in Dohuk and Erbil.  

Moreover, NRC continues to provide counselling on registration and issuing of civil documentation to internally displaced persons. Legal assistance was given to 21 new cases

Supporting formal education

NRC continues to provide support to formal schools in refugee as well as internally displaced persons camps in Erbil and Dohuk. Last week, NRC staff visited tents to inform students about their exam results and certificates were handed out and a graduation party was held. Further, NRC gave catch-up classes in a variety of fields such as physics, illiteracy eradication, mathematics, Arabic and English languages, social studies, science and chemistry. NRC also supports formal schools inside camps in Erbil and Dohuk by distributing student kits and stationary to students and teachers.

In order to support teachers and build their capacity, NRC hosted a one-day teacher training conducted by Operation Mercy as well as teacher trainings about ‘Positive Discipline’ for teachers and head teachers.  

Last week NRC initiated recreational activities such as skipping, hula hoop, volleyball and soccer matches as well as music and art sessions for displaced children and youth in camps in Dohuk and Erbil.

In addition to the above, NRC visited different households last week to follow up on absence from school and deliver “the importance of learning” message, and to enrol children without access to formal education, in NRC’s non-formal classes.

In Bajed Kandala camp 1 and 2 for internally displaced persons, NRC in cooperation with corporate partner TOMS shoes distributed 3000 boots to children

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