In 2013, Relief International began an Education and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program targeting 5,000 Syrian refugee children in 29 public schools and learning centers. The education program trained teachers in positive discipline and psychosocial intervention. With many refugees crowding into rented spaces or being hosted by Lebanese families, WASH training helped maintain safe, clean conditions.
Main activities included:
- Distributing and installing safe water storage and filtering devices including tanks, ceramic water filters, Jerry cans and buckets.
- Repairing and renovating WASH facilities in households and schools including toilets, showers, floor and wall finishing, taps, basins, pipes and fittings.
- Distributing hygiene kits that included soap, toothbrushes, sanitary pads for women and other basic supplies that allowed families to practice minimum hygiene and advance their dignity.
- Providing hygiene awareness training to improve the health and hygiene of vulnerable refugees and host families.