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44,000 homes to benefit from QC’s WASH project in Pakistan’s Punjab

44,000 homes to benefit from QC’s WASH project in Pakistan’s Punjab

Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar Charity (QC) is implementing a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project in Shorkot in the Pakistani province of Punjab, which is expected to benefit some 44,000 households in 98 villages, with a special focus on the people with special needs.
The project, which comes as part of QC’s partnership with UNICEF, aims to improve the health and well-being of the rural population by changing their attitude towards sanitation, hygiene and drinking water.
Out of the 14,258 households that didn’t have toilets when the project was launched, 8,564 have so far managed to build lavatories at their homes, taking the completion rate of the project to 60 percent.
At a joint meeting with QC, UNICEF representatives expressed their satisfaction with the progress of the project. Representatives of the local government also expressed their confidence in the quality of the project.
QC also built a 50,000-gallon water plant to provideclean drinking water for 200 houses, benefiting 1,400 people in Jhang. This is in addition to building seven toilets for people with special needs and installing basins in 18 public schools to promote the culture of washing hands with water and soap among students.
Because of QC’s awareness campaign, 59,360 people now have access to primary and basic hygiene as well as hand-washing facilities at their homes, while 261,000 became able to change their behaviour and increase their knowledge of hygiene.
QC has established 340 school clubs and 1,117 teachers have been trained to improve hygiene at the schools. More than 650 people from the local community have been trained to help communities change their behaviour about hygiene.
UNICEF recently held a workshop to review the progress of the WASH project and discuss the challenges facing it. A team from QC’s offices in Islamabad and Shorkot, along with representatives of the local government and the community attended the workshop.
Prakash Raj Lamsal, UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist, expressed his satisfaction with the progress made so far on the project. QC and UNICEF are working as a single team to achieve the same goals, Lamsal noted.
Ameen Abdul Rahman, director of QC’s office in Pakistan, thanked UNICEF for organising the workshop. “We are working together for the betterment of human lives,” the director added.

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