For refugees and IDPs in Diffa, Niger, availability of sustainable clean water is key to survival. With support from the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) we can construct sustainable infrastructure.
The project titel is “Improved access to safe drinking water for displaced and host populations in the Diffa region, Niger” Project period August 2017 – December 2019. Funded by ECHO.
/Milward Mwamvani, Humanitarian Coordinator
While the world gets “more organised”, with various institutions in place and advocating in various ways to promote living in harmony, the lives of humanitarian workers and those that they seek to serve seem to be increasingly endangered. In some of the places where IAS and other humanitarian agencies serve, it is almost a norm that workers are harassed in different ways on a daily basis.
IAS joins the world humanitarian community on this year’s World Humanitarian Day to remind the world that as we serve in the difficult areas and seek to alleviate suffering, some of which is man-made, as well as that caused by natural effects, we would like to serve without fearing for our own lives. It becomes sad when the resources that are intended to serve the suffering are either targeted and destroyed, or a significant amount has to be used just to ensure that the people safe. In some of the world’s environments where we fear for the lives of workers each day it is increasingly becoming expensive to just operate to deliver aid. We do not think this should be so!
The communities we serve are #NotaTarget (Photo: International Aid Services)
Our Teams are #NotaTarget (Photo: International Aid Services)
Despite these challenges, we continue to be thankful for our teams that have served with endurance is some of the hard-to-reach areas despite the challenges. When teams have been ambushed on the road and robbed, or attacked in the offices or their residence quarters, we have not given up and left the people that are facing unspeakable suffering.
On this day we join with others to declare that we are #NotaTarget as we serve! The communities that we serve are #NotaTarget! Our equipment or service vehicles are #NotaTarget! We join others to call for a cessation of attacks on humanitarian workers and civilians in whatever form.
// Milward Mwamvani (Humanitarian Coordinator)
Total number of South Sudan refugees as of April 6th, 2018: 1,053,598 people.
See the film above. IAS is on ground – responding to the South Sudan refugee crisis – together with other sister agencies, and the challenge is huge since there isn’t sufficient funds to take care of this immense catastrophe.(Photo: Andreas Zetterlund – Edit: Håkan Björk)
Below pictures: SVT (Swedish Television) Johan Ripås interview with IAS Juliet Namukasa on the 23rd February 2017.
Above pictures: IAS is hosting SVT (Swedish Television) Johan Ripås to report to sweeds via TV-news; RAPPORT (24 Feb 2017, time 19:30) – and more at SVT. (Pictures: Julius Bitamazire)
Below slideshow of pic’s from IAS visit to a new refugee settlement late July 2016 – (Pictures: Julius Bitamazire and team)
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Stichting ZOA Uganda, International Aid Services Uganda, and Malteser International Consortium secured USD 1.5 million as a gift of the United States Government under the Population Refugees and Migration (PRM) fund. This fund is for the implementation of a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene response among the South Sudanese refugees in Imvepi Refugee Settlement. The one year funding took effect from 15th September 2017.