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Improving sanitation and hygiene in South Lebanon

Background

Beginning in March 2011, funds from the Earth Council will help create a healthier and more hygienic environment for over 5,000 people in four communities of Al Sekeh, Jabal al Haleeb, Bostan al Quds, and Baraksat, all adjacent to the Ain el Hilweh refugee camp in South Lebanon. Although populated by Palestinian refugees, these communities are not assisted by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), leaving them more vulnerable to disease.

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In collaboration with UNRWA and the Popular Committee, International Medical Corps will: (1) procure three sets of rods to clear any underground sewage blockage, a major problem in three out of the four communities; (2) purchase waste containers for the fourth community to transport heavy loads of refuse; (3) and develop and distribute educational brochures to raise awareness about hygiene and waste management best practices. This project will build on the previous successes of another Earth Council-funded water education and sanitation project in two primary schools in Tripoli, Lebanon.

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