October 25, 2018
REACH is working in the governorates of Diyala and Salah ad Din in partnership with Oxfam International with funding support by BMZ German Coorperation. This program aims to provide livelihood and infrastruture rehabilitation projects in several villages. This initiative is being implemented under the title "Building Partnership for Integrated Recovery", which began in June 2016 and will continue through June 2019. The project targets the most vulnerable groups of returnees, internally displaced and vulnerable host communities within the villages of Tuz Khurmato and Salaheddine, as well as targeting Jalawla and Sadiya sub-district in Diyala.
As part of the livelihood component of the project, REACH is providing cash-for-work opportunities focused on infractructure rehabilitation. We are targeting 228 beneficiaries male & female, who are primarily working on rehabilitation projects designed to improve local schools and health centers, as well as improving services and access for the community through graveling roads, the construction pipe culverts and suppling electrical transformers. Additional livelihood opportunities include supporting the development of kitchen garden. To ensure that these gardens will be sustainable, seeds were provided for seasonal crops for 1000 families. In the interest of further supporting domestic agriculture, training sessions focused on nutrition and home agriculture are provided, helping to increase the capacity of those involved in the project. Furthermore, in order to more deeply support individual households economically, 168 families were selected to recieve a Cash Grant. These grants are designed to support community members with the resources to start their own small projects. The grantees benefit from not only the extra resources, but also attend training session to help develop their project management skills and improve their understanding of loans, savings and value chains.
Understanding that social cohesion development is an essential component of humanitarian relief, this initative includes social cohesion activities focused on supporting 52 community action groups. These activities supported the community action groups by taking a participatory approach designed to empower community participation in the planning, leadership, advocacy, program management, conflict management and gender equality components of the project activities. Additionally, meetings were organized between community and local governments as a way to bring them together, discuss community needs and create open communication with governmental officals.
This program also includes WASH activities, made up of 10 water projects. These include the formation of both project management and maintenance committees, as well as the provision of needed special equipment and tools used to ensure proper maintenance of each completed water project. Additionally,1000 families have also been supported with materials for the restoration of latrines. Moreover, 50 awareness sessions have been held with breastfeeding and pregnant women to improve maternal and child health, as well as additional WASH & awareness sessions designed to build the capacity of community health committees.
At this time, there have been a total of 739,974 Direct and indirect beneficiaries of “Building Partnership for Integrated Recovery” project since it's start in 2016. The success of this program and its activities is expected to continue and the number of beneficaries increase up until its end in 2019.