From September 28th to October 1st 2015, ACTED/CIL conducted a hygiene and baby kits distribution campaign in Benghazi and its surrounding areas, within the framework of a humanitarian program to provide emergency support to IDPs in the Eastern region and in the Nafusa Mountain. These distributions were funded by the European Union (ECHO).
This project provided 2,528 vulnerable Libyan IDP families (i.e. 13,124 people) with 3,275 hygiene kits. Furthermore, 1,989 baby kits were also distributed to enable families with toddlers under 3 years old to provide to the care of their children, and to the Children Hospital and the Disabled Children Center. ACTED/CIL selected its beneficiaries among the most vulnerable IDP households residing in 57 collective centers (makeshift shelters established in temporary converted schools), or in residential areas in Benghazi, and in the neighboring towns of Tokra, Al Abyar, and Suluq.
The implementation of the project was facilitated thanks to the collaboration of Libaid and the Benghazi Municipal Council (BMC). Indeed, Libaid provided ACTED/CIL with logistical support, making its warehouses available to store the goods and assisted with the distributions. The BMC, on the other hand, facilitated access to and collaboration with local and national authorities.
As the city of Benghazi has been, at the same time, the main recipient of IDPs and one of the most dangerous and deadliest frontlines of the civil war, it appeared critical to ACTED/CIL and ECHO to bring relief to IDPs in dire need of assistance. This is why, even though ACTED/CIL’s access to vulnerable populations was limited, they strove to reach as many families as possible and successfully managed to provide assistance to 37% more beneficiaries than was originally planned.
The distributions were well perceived by the beneficiaries. Indeed, 96,4% of the beneficiaries interviewed expressed their appreciation of the distributions being either “quite satisfied” (65,1%) or “definitely satisfied” (31,3%).