The aim was clear and specific: to buy some equipment for drilling and running a water well in the town of Al Atareb in the Aleppo province in collaboration with the Local Revolutionary Council.
Like other cities, Al Atareb town was subjected to shelling by the Syrian regime. Shelling with all kinds of weapons including artillery and warplanes has severely damaged the town’s water supply network leading to a complete cutoff of water supplies to the town except for a few areas that were not shelled; also the water tanks were hit by bullets and are no longer able to hold water.
The town has a population of 28.693 people. The number of displaced people reached 8 – 10 thousand after the Syrian regime attacked the northern areas of the Aleppo province as well as the northern areas of Hama province.
Eighty five percent of Atareb’s population gets water two or three days per week. Atareb’s water supply is divided in three parts: water supplies arrive in the southern area for three days, in its northern area for three days and in the higher area for one day. Three days are not enough to meet the people’s need for water.
(1 U.S. dollar = 200 Syrian pounds on 20/06/2013)
The cost of a new water well project is between 7 and 8 million Syrian pounds ($35,000 – $40,000) as the prices are rising, the rest of support to the project can be in the form of active work or through other supporters.
The new water well is drilled in a high area in order to improve the water situation in the town.
The Local Revolutionary Council of Al Atareb received the amount of $ 8100 which has been spent to drill the water well in Atareb. Theamount was distributed as follows:
300,000 Syrian pounds ($ 1,500): price of the electricity cable
600,000 Syrian pounds ($ 3,000) price of pipes
400,000 Syrian pounds ($ 2,000) price of an electricity generator
350,000 Syrian pounds ($ 1,750) reward for the drilling of a well 300 meters deep
The well was a success but our mission is not over. After seeing women and children living in conditions that can only be defined as subhuman on the way back and during our passage through the Atmeh refugee camp on the Syrian – Turkish border.