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The rehabilitation project will benefit about 34-40 villages comprising of about 2,200 households with a population of 15,000. It also targets Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3 (Better health and Wellbeing) and SDG 6 (Clean water and Sanitation) as well as focuses on rain water harvesting through 28 water reservoirs and rehabilitation of the already existing 10 dug wells. Some existing reservoirs will be restored as they have collapsed and new ones will be located in line with rain water run off channels. Rehabilitation of the dug wells will be done through brick-lining, capping and installation of hand-pumps. The water extracted will be collected in covered tanks and then and distributed through channels for household use, kitchen gardening, and for troughs for the livestock.
Other key components of the project include construction of check dams to capture water from hill streams, to irrigate over 1,000 acres, setting up of Community Based Organizations (CBOs), trainings to build the capacity of women local leaders, awareness generation of awareness of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), etc. The project implementation period will be one year starting 2017.
“Water replenishment remains a priority goal of
Our partner and driving force behind this project, Indus Earth Trust is an experienced not-for-profit organization established in 2000, and has worked in the area of sustainable development to aid neglected coastal communities in Pakistan. Speaking about the partnership with
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Many local community organizations within the villages in the Kohistan area have been formed. This is based on the idea that community involvement in the planning and execution of project goals leads to more effective and equitable development. For this reason, they are particularly important in poor communities where the government is unable or unwilling to provide much needed social services. Part of the Community Organizations aim is to facilitate WASH (Water & Sanitation Hygiene) trainings and skills, especially to the village women as an integral part of the project.
The long-term benefits of water replenishment project include improvement in community health, especially for women and children, community empowerment, heightened economic status, environmental restoration and enhancement of the quality of life in the Kohistan region through health hygiene training and provision of drinkable water.