Polish Humanitarian Action to repair water supply system in Iraq

Paweł Kula

The new project planned by the Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) in Iraq is aimed at repairing the water supply system destroyed by the war against the Islamic State in the provinces of Nineveh and Salah ad Din. It is co-financed by Poland.

In an interview with PAP, PAH coordinator for Iraq Marcin Podleśny said that "the planned work will be carried out by an international consortium, with PAH being part of it. The financing has been secured by the EU regional trust fund in response to the Syrian crisis or the MADAD Fund."

Apart from PAH, the consortium comprises the Czech organisation People in Need, the French Acted and the German Welt Hunger Life. The Polish organisation will carry out 12 projects out of 67 planned by the consortium.

In 2017, Poland paid to the MADAD Fund a voluntary contribution of PLN 5 million (EUR 1.17 million) and in 2016 - nearly PLN 15 million (EUR 3.50 million).

According to Podleśny, in order to most effectively implement the projects, PAH will cooperate with water departments operating at the governing offices in the Iraqi provinces.

While implementing the projects, PAH also plans to cooperate with local communities. "These are poor people, who have often lost everything. As it is very difficult to find a job there, we plan to offer them work," Podleśny declared.

PAH also wants to train local people to help them supervise the water infrastructure when it is ready.