The Syrian American Engineers Association is thrilled to announce that they have received vital grant funding from the American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS).
The $10,000 grant will be used specifically for flood hazard mapping, damage surveying, and condition assessment in regions hosting camps for internally displaced people (IDP) in Syria and to assist with temporary housing solutions in alternative areas.
Syrian IDP campsites tend to concentrate in low-lying areas near river banks where the land is not suitable for agriculture or residential building. They are therefore prone to flooding which has been a consistent problem for sustaining these sites. The camps suffer from a lack of infrastructure and no or poor drainage resulting in sewage flooding and creating disease and illnesses.
This has been and continues to be an insidious and tenacious problem in Syrian IDP camps. SAEA forecasted humanitarian relief organization losses in the range of 14 million US$ annually on poorly placed or wasted relief shelter, equipment, and supplies. Much of the camp data is out of date and does not include real hazards and risks to IDP inhabitants.
SAEA will utilize technical expertise to guide regarding where to set up camps and where to avoid building due to high potential for flooding.