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Water well project for Yazidis on Sinjar Mountain

Thousands of Kurds - Yazidis have been residing in the mountain terrain of Sinjar in northern Iraq, they found a  temporary shelter in the mountains in 2014, while fleeing violence of the Islamic State. Even though the region has been freed from the control of the Islamic State, the widespread devastation of cities and villages as well as the fear of the Jihadists coming back prevent most Yazidis from leaving Mount Sinjar. Over 2,000 Yazidis has been still residing on top of the mountain and living in the temporary camp in very harsh conditions. Few aid organisation are able to offer them support due to the geographic location and safety conditions. The Barzani Foundation which cooperates with this community on an everyday basis ensures that they have access to food, medical care and other basic necessities. Despite that, the lack of access to drinking water continues to be a problem.

There are some wells on the top, but during the summer season, which lasts from June to the end of September in that region, there is a shortage of drinking water. In the area of Mount Sinjar there are underground water deposits, but there is no appropriate extraction infrastructure. Drilling an additional well would increase general access of the residents of the region to water.

Water well project for Yazidis on Sinjar Mountain

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 15 July to 15 August 2016, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Erbil and its local partner, the Barzani Foundation.

The objective of the project is to increase access to drinking water for those who live on Mount Sinjar. Drilling a well would increase access to water in this area. By means of the well, put into operation thanks to the Polish Aid, it would be possible to extract 180-220 gallons of water per minute. Additionally, it will have its own container (10,000 litres) to store the extracted water and a power generator allowing the machines to work uninterrupted (Mount Sinjar is not connected to power lines). Thanks to this, the water level will maintain at a stable and predictable level. The Barzani Foundation undertook to take responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the well once it is put into operation.

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) residing on Mount Sinjar, who will gain access to drinking water thanks to drilling and maintaining the well in operation (approximately 1,000 people), will be the direct beneficiaries of the project. The well will be accessible to the entire IDPs community on Mount Sinjar.

Water well project for Yazidis on Sinjar Mountain

The project was implemented from 15 August to 30 September 2016. A well was built to provide approximately 1,000 residents of Mount Sinjar with access to drinking water. A 95-metre deep well was dug in 4 weeks and a shelter was built around it to protect it against severe weather conditions. Next to the well, there is a water container and a power generator so that water could be drawn to meet the needs of the beneficiaries.

The value of the project amounted to approximately PLN 100,000 (26,500 American dollars). The donation provided by the Polish Aid amounted to PLN 76,000 (20,000 American dollars). For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: USD 1 = PLN 3.7929.