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[22 Mar 2016] Humanitarian agencies come together to promote water conservation on World Water Day in Jordan

 

AMMAN, Jordan, 22 March 2016 – Children and adults across Jordan participated in activities commemorating the 2016 World Water Day.

“We helped children learn how to save water and the importance of washing their hands. A water delivery community focal point also shared with us the importance of water in our daily lives. My favourite part of the day was when I played games (on water conservation and hygiene) with the children,” said, Hamid, a Syrian hygiene promotion volunteer living in Za’atari refugee camp.

Jordan is one of the most water scarce countries in the world, facing chronic challenges to provide water services to its population. The dramatic increase in the population due to the Syrian refugee influx has exacerbated this critical situation.

“The World Water Day is a great occasion to further advocate and raise awareness on the importance of water conservation in Jordan,” said the UNICEF Representative Robert Jenkins. “UNICEF continues collaborating with the government and partners on cost efficient innovative strategies that protects Jordan’s precious underground water resources, and sustains critical water and sanitation services to all children and families in the country.”

Recognizing the importance of water conservation in Jordan, as well as the 2016 global World Water Day theme, ‘Water and jobs,’ focusing on the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives, all WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) sectoral partners organized numerous activities involving children and adults in camps and host communities.

• In the refugee camps, ACTED, JEN and Oxfam organized the joint event which included quizzes, songs and games related to water conservation, as well as awareness sessions for children and adults in each district community centre on the importance of water. Syrian refugee community members also participated in sessions on water tank maintenance.
• In addition ACF, NRC and IRD organized water conservation awareness session through public exhibitions and interactive sessions at Makani centers.
• In host communities, JEN and ACTED organized water conservation awareness session through games and interactive sessions involving girls and boys from 23 public schools.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, UNICEF supports ACTED, ACF, JEN, Oxfam and World Vision in providing an average of 3.7 million litres of treated water every day to over 100,000 refugees, maintaining sanitation facilities, and managing wastewater and solid waste and hygiene promotion in Za’atari, Azraq, King Abdullah Park and Cyber City refugee camps.

The partnership between the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, UNICEF and NGO partners in host communities have resulted in rehabilitation or construction of WASH facilities in 283 schools affected by the refugee influx, development of Water and Sanitation Vulnerability Maps re used for the prioritisation of areas for intervention; Completion of a nationwide WASH in Schools assessment and integration into the Ministry of Education EMIS database; and rehabilitation of municipal water and wastewater systems in Northern governorates.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion programmes in refugee camps and host communities in Jordan are funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) and the governments of Germany, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the US; and UNICEF National Committees from Spain, Switzerland and the US.

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For more information, please contact:
Miraj Pradhan, UNICEF: Tel: +962 (0) 790 214 191, mpradhan@unicef.org
Samir Badran, UNICEF: Tel: +962 (0) 796 926 180, sbadran@unicef.org

 

 
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