October 4, 2018
REACH supports vulnerable families in Chamchamal villages, in Sulaimaniya, who are affected by drought. The assistance activities included creating kitchen gardens, distributing bee hives, constructing small dams and conducting trainings for farmers. In 2018 alone, more than 190 vulnerable households have recieved assistance.
Using an established selection criteria, the most vulnerable families in the villages are identifed and recieved equipment and relevant training. REACH continues to pay monitoring visits, to check the progress of the project. Through these visits it was discovered that these activities are not only having a postive impact on the families involved, but specifically many women are participating. The increase in female participants is represents a positive change in terms of issues surrounding freedom of movement and inclusion in the labor for women.
REACH also organized training sessions focued on climate change and its effect on agriculture. Training sessions were led by REACH agricultural adviser. The effect of drought and the ways to mitigate the risks are discussed. Farmers raised issues related to their crops and animals, and the trainer gave them advise on how to adopt drought resistant technologies.
A small dam was constructed in a village that was heavily impacted by drought. This dam has positively impacted the quality of life for 17 households, which equates to more than 100 individuals. Now the community wells will be filled with water which can be available for their livestock.