The EU Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis. Access to primary health care services, implemented by IMC, Association de Development Social. (EUROPEAN UNION 2018 / JOHANNA DE TESSIERES)
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Many in the northern Bekaa town of Zboud, from residents to its mayor, feel abandoned by their government.Before Zboud's public water system was given a much-needed overhaul, many locals were forced to pay for water from expensive private trucks, while refugees were receiving subsidized water from the same system.The Zboud water project, which cost 12 million euros ($14 million) and is run by a consortium of international NGOs, is indicative of how international donors are trying to foster goodwill between Syrians and the local population, by paying increased attention to local communities while also addressing a humanitarian need. Chardo al-Hawle, a Syrian refugee who has been living in Zboud since the start of the Syrian civil war, says the new system is cheaper and the water is cleaner than that provided by the trucks.Making sure local communities benefit from aid in order to improve relations with refugees is a model the EU has replicated in other aid projects across the country.Previously, funding existed for Syrian refugees but not locals.The school currently has 904 Lebanese students registered, as well as 884 Syrian refugee children for its "second shift".
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