Safe Drinking Water Program begins in Lower Sindh
10 Feb, 2012
As the second phase of the Sindh Emergency Relief Plan (SERP) gets underway the IKF has begun the implementation of its safe drinking water program for those affected by the 2011 floods. It is mandated that up to 2000 hand pumps are to be provided to rural communities in Badin, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas and Tando Mohammad Khan, four of the worst hit districts in Sindh.
As of Feb 1st 2012, a total of 200 hand pumps had already been installed, with locations for the next 800 already identified.Scarcity of safe drinking water is not a new problem in Pakistan and it is demonstrably tied to diarrhea, malaria, hepatitis and malnutrition, maladies that plague the neediest and most underprivileged of Pakistan’s rural men, women and children. It is envisioned that this program will enable up to 270,000 villagers to gain access to safe drinking water, in closer proximity to their own homes.
As is standard with any IKF led initiatives, the local communities play a pivotal role in the service delivery. All hand pump locations have been identified in close collaboration with the Young Village Volunteers (YVV) that are appointed by the Community Elders Networks (CEN). In early March, the IKF is conducting Village Level Operation and Maintenance (VLOM) training for the YVVs’. These 2 day training sessions that will be conducted in the aforementioned districts are designed to impart the YVVs’ a basic skill set that will enable them to not just operate and maintain the hand pumps that are installed but also to bring their own communities on board with basic techniques that can create a more sanitary environment for day to day living in the rural areas.