Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – WASH 02

    WASH Project: 20th October 2009 – 28th February 2010

    The project was a joint venture of RAHBAR, Action Aid and the UNICEF. The project aimed to support returnees with increasing access to clean water and hygiene promotion. The long term goal of the project was to provide community based sustaibable access to water and hygiene awareness to the community through maximum participation, tapping local resources and formation of community groups/committees.

    Water sources committees with 50% composition of women have been formed in each UC. The Committees consist of 8-10 individuals representing various categories of people from each UC.

    These committees have been formed through the following process:

    1. Community Mobilization
    2. Capacity Building
    3. Equipping the water source committee
    4. Linking them with relevant Government Departments

    The purpose of these committees was to ensure that the maintenance is carried out for the installed hand pump water supply schemes on periodic basis and it remains functional. This committee can request repair/maintenance from the Government for these water supply schemes as needed.

    Regular Participatory Review and Reflection Planning (PRRP) exercises have been conducted with communities in order to get community’s insight and feedback on their needs and available resources. The findings have been used to make project interventions better and more effective for addressing the needs of the community (voiced by the community itself). There are good examples available in the program areas, where communities have taken the lead to improve their livelihood and infrastructure with technical support from RAHBAR and its partern Action Aid. These examples and best practices have been while implementing the WASH Project interventions in the proposed locations. Communities have been mobilized through formation and capacity building of community organizations, all the interventions were community driven. The total beneficiaries of the project were inhabitants of twenty nine villages in Seven Union Councils with an estimated population of 156,952.

    The project relayed heavily on community participation and involvement which can be foreseen as the key sustainability factor in terms of the Project’s impact. Under the WASH Project eighty three Hand Pumps have been installed. Besided twenty one thousand hygiene kits have been distributed to the community (one kit per house hold).