27 May 2014

Islamic Relief - Iraq Interventions and Activities (April – May)

 

 

 

 

(Please find the complete report attached)

Food Sector
I. Agreement with WFP (Food Distribution in Qaem):
According to the new agreement signed with WFP in May to support 500 IDPs families from
Anbar, IR-Iraq has started with distribution of food parcels to the 500 vulnerable IDP families
in Qaem district (west of Iraq). With min of May, cycle one of this project has been
completely finished according to the plan. The following outputs have been achieved:
 Up to 32,550 MT of food commodities distributed in Qaem and Al-Obaidi district.
 500 displaced families (about 3,261 individuals) received their essential food items that planned to cover their needs for 1 month.
 Database of 500 displaced families collected and entered into excel sheets.
 Local workers from host community employed and paid daily wages.
 Main stakeholders (partners, local council, host community, beneficiaries) engaged actively with different steps of project (planning, selection of beneficiaries, distribution, monitoring).

II. Emergency Relief to IDPs in Anbar
This project is considered as a complementary intervention to save lives of thousands of people inside Anbar governorate. Under this project, IR-Iraq had distributed 1,100 food parcels among 1,100 most vulnerable families in Fallujah city in coordination with other WFP and local authorities. The impact of this project has been highly appreciated by UN agencies and other stakeholders as it helped to release some of pressure being imposed on them especially during this critical period. At the same time, it ensured accessibility of entrapped people in Fallujah to their basic food items that were highly requested by them and still uncovered.
The actual outputs of this intervention were:
 1,100 eligible IDP families in Fallujah city received food parcels that meet the basic nutritional needs of families for average of 12 days.
 3 workers and 1 foreman from the IDP community in Fallujah employed for unloading and distribution; and paid their daily wedges (total of 1,075 USD).
 6,000 pieces of in-kind donated clothes provided to 1,100 families as additional contribution to the project.
 Close coordination has been kept with WFP and local authorities to reach the most vulnerable people and uncovered areas in the city.
Food parcels were designed and packed according to agreed standards (SPHERE) taking into consideration the culture and public food of IDP community. In general, each family received one parcel which covered about 60% of total daily calories needs per family for about 12 days.

III. Food Aid to IDPs in Anbar:
Funded by IR-UK and as an extension of the first intervention implemented by IR-Iraq to support IDPs in Anbar, IR-Iraq has started with preparations to implement as new project to cover the basic food and hygienic needs of up to 2,000 vulnerable displaced families inside Anbar governorate. The one month project aims to provide 2,000 food parcels and hygienic kits for the newly displaced vulnerable families who fled inside the governorate a result of the extensive military operations in Fallujah city two weeks ago. The project is coordinated with other partners like WFP, UNICEF and local authorities to cover families that have been not supported by other programs.
Till date, IR-Iraq has started with tendering procedures and selection of most vulnerable families and areas; and plans to start with distribution with maximum of 10 days.

Non-Food Items:
As a contribution from IR-Iraq to meet other essential needs of the affected family in Fallujah, IR-Iraq has distributed 6,000 clothing pieces (in-kind donated) for the targeted (1,100) families along with the food parcels. The provided clothes varied according to gender and ages; it included children wear, women suits, and men trousers. As average, each family received 5 pieces.

Coordination and Advocacy:
IR-Iraq is an active member within three main cluster groups related to Anbar crisis. These clusters that headed by UN agencies in Iraq include (shelter & NFI, food, and WATSAN). During the reporting period, IR-Iraq beside other working NGOs (international and national) had attended three meetings of the mentioned clusters in Baghdad to address essential needs of people of Anbar, sharing information, coordinate the efforts,
highlight the challenges and plan for the required response and interventions.

Joint NGOs Statement on Unmet Humanitarian Needs in Anbar:

As Anbar crisis enters its sixth month; we are facing the increasing possibility that this crisis is no longer a temporary downturn, but has evolved into a protracted crisis with no end in sight. While the conflict in Anbar persists, the needs of the vulnerable population in and outside of the governorate continue to increase.
In the framework of the Strategic Response Plan, the UN launched an emergency appeal for USD103 million in March but while the number of IDPs has been on the rise, only USD 9 million had been raised at the beginning of April. If more money does not come soon, humanitarian operations in Anbar might have to shut down in the near future.
Several National NGOs also detailed to the (National Coordination Committee in Iraq) NCCI their progressive reliance on donations from wealthy local businessmen and the help of community volunteers in order to bridge the gaps now appearing in their resources. Given these sizeable security and financial constraints facing humanitarian efforts, it is surprising that more international attention has not been directed towards the unmet needs of those affected by the current situation in Anbar.
In this regard, a number of national and international NGOs working in Iraq including IR-Iraq in coordination with NCCI have signed a memorandum to urge the international community to provide greater attention to the worst humanitarian situation faced in Iraq since 2006. The memo stated that “without real, effective, and timely international support for solutions to stop the conflict and without increased funding for humanitarian aid, our activities will not be sustainable. Unless the international community steps up its support for humanitarian aid provision in Iraq and urges the government of Iraq to do so as well, we will fail to help relieve the impact of this crisis, with catastrophic consequences for Iraqis”.

Projects in Pipeline and Future Plans:
 Ramadan Food Parcels:
Ramadan food parcels project has been approved with a total budget of 202,216 Euro allocated for IR-Iraq to implement Ramadan food parcels during this year. According to the plan, IR-Iraq aims to provide up to 14,000 food parcels to cover the most vulnerable families in Iraq with special focus on IDPs of Anbar. The plan allocates about 80-85% of the total quantity for Anbar IDPs in the displacement areas (Anbar, Salaheddin, Baghdad and Erbil).
IR-Iraq has started with logistic preparations and tendering procedures to supply the food parcels and start with distribution according to agreed plan.

 Partnership with WFP:
With end of May, IR-Iraq has received a new request from WFP to extend their partnership to support more IDP families in the conflicted governorate with food parcels. Primarily, additional 2,500 families planned to be covered with total 162.58 metric tons of food commodities. The plan indicates covering of 1,750 families in Ramadi district (center of Anbar) and 750 in Haditha. IR-Iraq is currently finalizing the new proposal to be submitted to the donor for final approval.

 New Concepts and Proposals:
IR-Iraq is currently working to prepare new concepts papers and project proposals to provide additional support for the affected families in Anbar. The new ideas focus on essential sectors and lifesaving services including: water (digging wells), hygiene, and provision of food.

 

 

 

 

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