02 Aug 2016

NRC Activity Updates 2 August 2016

Anbar displacement emergency response

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) continues to provide emergency aid to newly displaced families from Anbar currently residing in Amiriyat Al-Fallujah and Ramadi. Last week NRC’s teams reached over 1,300 families with emergency food and water in addition to hygiene kits and baby kits containing baby toothbrushes, diapers, toothpaste and toys.

NRC continues to work to ensure that displaced families have a reduced risk of being exposed to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) related illnesses through improved access to potable drinking water, appropriate sanitation facilities and improved hygiene practices.

NRC also performed water trucking providing safe drinking water and washing water for 12305 families in the camps in Amiryiat Al-Fallujah. Further, 98 new latrines were installed in addition to holding hygiene promotion sessions where awareness is being raised about hand washing, safe latrine use and water treatment.

Information, counseling and legal assistance

NRC’s ICLA activities in Iraq primarily focus on three thematic areas: Housing, Land and Property (HLP) rights; legal status including registration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) when access to rights and services is dependent on such registration; and legal identity including obtaining civil documentation necessary to access rights and services.

NRC received 100 legal cases in Ameriyat Al- Fallujah last week which was solved by NRC’s legal officers. Further, NRC conducted trainings on Displaced Women’s Housing, Land property rights  to Government authorities and to internally displaced persons (IDP).

Shelter and WASH activities in Kirkuk

In Kirkuk, NRC is currently working on providing shelter and meeting water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs in non-camp settings, however this is likely to change with ongoing operations in Haweja and Mosul. NRC is participating in the coordination meetings with other organizations and the local government in Kirkuk to work out a plan for the Haweja response. Contingency planning is being stepped up in case of any displacement from the Haweja area and NRC is also currently doing a security assessment for a new area of operation in a suburb of Kirkuk, Failaq where many displaced people are living in very overcrowded conditions. The need for substantial assistance in terms of shelter has been identified and within the next few days we will begin offering our services to the displaced in that area.

The WASH team completed a Post Distribution Monitoring (PDM) assessment for Non Food Item (NFI’s) kits distributed working with our colleagues from Shelter which took four days to complete. The team also completed a REMO assessment for Haweja which has been underway for the past two weeks in Nazrawa camp. Two Key Informant Interviews (KII’s), two traders and two CGDs were interviewed, all from Haweja. The information obtained is invaluable as we were able to interview new arrivals from Haweja (less than 24 hours) enabling us to paint a clear picture of the current situation and how it is likely to develop when the military operations escalate.

Better Learning Programs in Erbil

The education team trained 33 summer school instructors in the Better Learning Program, NRC’s flagship psychosocial support project, covering methods for stress-reduction and coping with psychosocial distress and trauma through deep breathing and stretching exercises. Five NRC staff were also certified as master-trainers in the methodology.

NRC also completed the shelter rehabilitations for 950 families residing in camp and non-camp settings in Erbil Governorate last week. The project included directly implemented rehabilitation of shelters and improving security of tenure for out-of-camps refugees and IDPs residing in critically substandard shelters. The project also included the provision of conditional cash for households to carry out self-driven minor repairs of shelters, under the technical guidance of NRC. In Basirma and Kawergosk refugee camps, NRC worked with camp stakeholders to carryout sustainable shelter upgrades for the most vulnerable households residing in temporary shelters.

NRC in Dohuk

NRC’s legal team in Dohuk received 16 cases this month where 13 cases were about replacing civil IDs and 2 cases were about legalization of marriage contract. NRC’s Legal Officers provided advice, guidance, legal assistance and financial support. In addition, NRC conducted trainings on on Displaced Women’s Housing, Land property rights  to Government authorities and to internally displaced persons (IDP).

NRC also provided awareness raising campaigns in Dohuk on how to prevent diarrhea. During the campaign, 900 information leaflets were distributed to NGOs and community centers in order to reach as many displaced persons as possible.

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