UNICEF and partners rehabilitated 11 water stations in rural Deir-Ez-Zor, Syria

Ahmad is one of 240,000 people benefiting from the water rehabilitation program.

UNICEF
24 September 2020

Ahmad, 10, lives with his family in Buqrus Foqani village, 40 km east of Deir-Ez-Zor.

For the past two years, due to lack of water as a result of the damage caused to water infrastructure in fighting, children and families at the village had to rely on purchasing water from expensive sources, compounding their vulnerability after years of conflict and depletion of financial resources. Others had to dig wells to ensure their water needs were met, unsure of the safety and quality of the water they were using.

boy drinking water
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Bashar Al-Kheder

“I now know the value of every drop of water, I would never waste it !”

Ahmad, 10

Thanks to a generous contribution from Germany, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UNICEF and partners rehabilitated 11 water stations in rural Deir-Ez-Zor in 2019 and 2020, benefitting over 240,000 people, including 40,000 people in Buqrus Foqani and Bu lail villages.

“We no longer have to spend most of our income on purchasing water,” says Ahmad. “I now know the value of every drop of water, I would never waste it !” he adds.