Lebanon – Cesvi and Acted, with local partner Hoops, have adapted their intervention to support refugee and Lebanese children in the Beirut and Mount Lebanon region.

The project “Resilient Education: infrastructures and educational services for the communities of Beirut and Mount Lebanon” funded by AICS Lebanon, foresees the involvement by Cesvi, ACTED and Hoops of 1500 children from vulnerable families at risk of dropping out of school in sports and artistic-recreational activities aimed at stimulating their talents and self-esteem, teaching them how to react to negative events and supporting social cohesion between Lebanese and refugees.

Following the closure of schools and sports centres and the general lockdown imposed by the Lebanese government to deal with the Covid-19 emergency, the project partners have been ensuring a continuous presence, supporting children in managing the stress caused by quarantine measures. Through the use of social networks, the project staff shares with children videos of sports training that they can do from home to keep fit and engaged, provide them with guidance on prevention and response to the virus, and respond to doubts and concerns by trying to combat the risks related to social isolation measures resulting from this emergency.

A rapid assessment has just been concluded with the support from RirEs (Catholic University of Milan) and new activities will begin in the coming weeks with the aim of improving young people’s talents, ensuring psychosocial well-being and allowing adequate follow-up in order to monitor progress in terms of protection and risk factors.

Palestine – Cesvi and Acted, together with Community Wash Protection Committee, have adapted their WASH intervention

The project “Integrated WASH support to improve hygiene practices, sanitation and water quality for consumption at HH level for vulnerable families and strengthening the responsiveness of Wadi al Salqa community” funded by AICS, includes a holistic intervention to enhance WASH services in Wadi As Salqa area in Gaza Strip.

Cesvi is working in partnership with ACTED in order to increase preparedness and protection from the hygiene risk at households level and crisis response mechanisms in the Wadi Al Salqa village by strengthening the service delivery system provided by Community Based Organizations (CBOs). The project aims at reaching 150 households who are in need, and around 840 residents will benefit from Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage units and storage tanks distribution, sanitation improvement and awareness campaign.

In response to COVID-19 outbreak, project partners have kept implementing water tanks distribution, have adapted standard hygiene kits content (e.g. adding hand sanitizers, gloves, masks…) and adjusted the hygiene promotion campaign using specific COVID-19 related messages (focusing on social distancing, handwashing, home quarantine). Furthermore, Cesvi is the focal point for the waste sector in the COVID-19 task force of the WASH cluster.