11 Feb 2014

DRC-Iraq program update (Jan - Feb 8, 2014)

The period starting from January to February 8, 2014 records a number of humanitarian activities that the Danish Refugee Council has accomplished. This update highlights recent achievements on top of ongoing emergency response in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq - where DRC is implementing key services in the sectors of WASH, Shelter, Protection and Livelihoods.

Shelter, WASH and Winterization

In the Kurdistan region of Iraq the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is implementing its humanitarian intervention through a combination of emergency relief and long term sustainable assistance for more than 7,000 Syrian refugee families in the Governorates of Erbil and Duhok. DRC isemphasizing a community-based approach toimproving shelter conditions and promoting better quality of water, sanitation and hygiene in Qushtapa Camp in Erbil. A total of 42 Syrian refugees, receiving cash-for work, are carrying out daily cleaning of communal latrines and showers, hygiene education and monitoring. DRC has also completed preparation of 20 garbage collection points and construction of 34 fire stands at different locations of the camp.In helping refugees cope with the winter season, DRC distributed 3,632 kits of non-food items (NFIs) serving mostly camp-based refugees in Erbil and Duhok. The kits containedsoap, shampoo, towels, tooth paste and brush, laundry liquid, bucket and winter clothing for adults and children above 14 years.


Protecting vulnerable households through emergency cash assistance is making a difference in the lives of 1,400 households (600 in camp and 800 in non-camp urban communities) in Duhok governorate. The cash baskets ranging from $200 to $400 USD per family are addressing some of the critical needs of the refugees such as medical and housing.


Employment through job placements and development of small businessesunderpins DRC's durable solutionstrategy for Syrian refugees in the governorates of Duhok and Erbil. During the last quarter of 2013 to early 2014, DRC provided livelihoods assistance to 548families (80% Syrians and 20% vulnerable Iraqi families in refugee-hosting communities).The assistance included business development training for 344 persons out of which DRC provided small grants for 315 business plans. Also, 204 individuals were placed in jobs in 25 local companies in Erbil and Duhok. Based on monitoring carried out in the month of January, 97% of those on job placement have been retained as permanent employees. Recipients of small grants have begun their businesses in a diversified range of activities including:bee-keeping, tailoring, butchery, hair dressing, blacksmith, carpenter, air-conditioner repair, bakery and small cafes/restaurants.



 Recruitment and orientation of hygiene promoters in Qushtapa Refugee Camp, Erbil


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