Supporting children to access water and sanitation, Rural Damascus
UNICEF distributed soap bars and delivered clean water to schools in response to COVID-19
Water and soap are all what it takes to keep our hands clean and significantly lower the risk of infection with coronavirus and other diseases. That’s why, since schools reopened across Syria last month after a long lockdown, UNICEF has distributed soap bars to 1,447 schools in rural Damascus. UNICEF is also trucking 500 cubic meters of clean water daily to the most conflict-ravaged areas of eastern Ghouta, including 48 schools damaged in violence.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF has supported these schools through the provision of detergents, liquid chlorine and chlorine sprayers for regular disinfection of school facilities.
UNICEF has also so far rehabilitated 72 schools in rural Damascus during the 2019-2020 school year, contributing to children’s improved access to safe water and proper sanitation facilities, including Al-Nashabeya Modernised School in Nashabeya, eastern Ghouta, which has benefitted of all above-mentioned services.
“Water trucking and rehabilitation of the school’s water supply and sanitation facilities have been the most important progress for us this year,” says Zainab Younes, the school principal. According to Zainab, students used to bring water bottles to school for handwashing while many refused to use the damaged bathrooms all together and preferred to wait for release time to use the toilet and wash up at home.