Syria: Drought Emergency appeal no. MDRSY001 Operations update no. 3


GLIDE n° DR-2009-000149-SYR

Period covered by this Ops Update: 26 August 2009 to 31 July 2010.

This report acts as a cumulative report of the first 6 months progress.

Appeal target (current): 3,255,615 Swiss francs

Appeal coverage: 52 per cent

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 26 August 2009 for CHF 3,255,615 for 12 months to assist 260,000 beneficiaries.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 320,856 was initially allocated from the International Federation's DREF to support the National Society to respond. The allocation was returned to DREF.

- The International Federation's representation in Syria, in cooperation with Syrian Arab Red Crescent (Syrian Arab RC) has decided to extend the Emergency Appeal up to 31 December 2010. The decision was made after revising the work plan to include rehabilitation of water and sanitation in 45 schools. Partners and donors are encouraged to continue supporting the Appeal to ensure implementation of the expected results.


With the second distribution of food parcels completed, almost 120,000 persons have received food supported by this Appeal. The need for more food support is expressed by the population during each visit to the villages of Al Hassakeh, Deir al Zor, Al Raqqa and the eastern parts of Homs governorate.

Following the donation of 26,000 hygiene parcels by Finnish Red Cross, a first pilot distribution was finalised in the area of Tadmur (Palmyra) with 1,982 hygiene parcels distributed to 13,874 beneficiaries. The distribution followed awareness sessions on household water treatment, safe water storage and health promotion. A lot of effort was made to prepare for an appropriate community based intervention that would contribute to enhanced resilience among the population. Training in hygiene promotion and health awareness using the WASH cluster curricula was organised for 30 women from the local community. The training was followed by sensitization visits to the relevant villages to identify and register beneficiaries to take part in the health awareness sessions and to receive a hygiene parcel. 15 awareness sessions and focus group discussions were organized jointly with the trained women and Syrian Arab RC volunteers in poor, rural Bedouin communities.