MARGINALIZED INHABITANTS OF URBAN SLUMS ARE TO GET PRIVILEGE FOR WASH.
A marginalize population of 134,900 poor people in urban slums of Gadap Town opt for improved, equitable, safe and sustainable water supply with the provision of capacity enhancement of relevant stakeholders and service providers for delivering effective, inclusive and accountable services to targeted population. This is duly possible by the initiation of HANDS Urban WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) program in Gadap Town of Karachi in collaboration with WaterAid & HSBC. It is expected that 69,000 students and other children will obtain hygienic sanitation through 500 schools presently having informal arrangements. In the first phase 50 model schools will be developed for ideal water supply and hand washing facilities. Hygiene training programs for school management committees and teachers, advocacy with local administration, community and social performers will add up the advantages of urban WASH program.
511 SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN SURVEYED BY HANDS URBAN WASH PROGRAM SUPPORTED BY WATERAID AND HSBC
In pursuance of priority objectives of the HANDS Urban WASH program, HANDS teams along with 12 data collectors are conducting baseline survey of government girls and boys primary, elementary, lower elementary, secondary, private and community schools. The survey tools have been designed by the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Program (MER) of the HANDS in consultation with the program team. So far 511 schools have been surveyed by program team and the data collectors. The results of the survey will enable the program team to finalize a list of 85 proposed model schools in the area of Gadap Town.
EXCLUSIVE TRAINING FOR THE BASELINE SURVEYORS
HANDS 12 data collectors of Gadap Town including 4 project team members actively participated in the training.
SCHOOL WASH DEVELOPMENT PLAN
HANDS Education Program developed School WASH Development Plan in both Urdu and Sindhi languages. A school WASH development plan is a road map that sets out the changes a school needs to make so as to improve, and show how, when and who will make these changes. This plan will assist to prioritize their needs in view of the limited resources. It is a best tool for planning, controlling and implementation of activities. This school WASH development plan is made with a completely participatory approach in which School Management Committee (SMC) along with teachers and class monitors prioritize and decide the School WASH activities.
HEALTH ACTION SCHOOL (HAS) TRAINING MANUAL FOR TEACHERS ON SCHOOL WASH PROJECT
Human Institutional Development (HID) and Education Program of HANDS have developed a Health Action School (HAS) training manual for teachers on School WASH Program. The training course will be conducted under School Wash & Sanitation Project funded by WaterAid. The manual was also shared with the Water Aid officials during their monitoring visit. They appreciated HANDS Team and showed satisfaction. Afterward, the manual was technically reviewed by the consultant to enhance quality of the course. Role of school in health promotion, description of health and its components, inclusion of children in health promotion, child to child approach, clean hands, safe drinking water, prevention from diarrhea & malaria, balanced diet, harms of addiction, menses session are included in this manual.
DELEGATE APPRECIATED HANDS URBAN WASH PROGRAM
WaterAid delegation visited the program intervention area on 5th December 2012. The delegation met with the representatives of School Management Committee in Govt Boys and Girls Elementary Schools Muhammad Hussain Gabol. The visiting delegation also observed the ongoing rehabilitation work for improving school WASH. They also paid a visit to the GBPS Babul Islam in UC-7 Yousuf Goth of the Gadap Town, where the team observed the ongoing baseline survey of the school.
EDUCATION WITH SOCIAL RIGHTS ENSURES THE PURITY.
A success story !!!
800 students are studying in Elementary School Muhammad Hussain Gabol with the assistance of 9 teachers supervised by the Head Master Anwar Baboo. School is situated in UC -6 Maymarabad, Surjani Town. School is running in two shifts for boys and girls. Robberies of motor pumps, taps and other electrical devices were the routine problems because not a single guard was available for the school premises. Water supply lines to toilets were missing and unattended. Anwar Baboo spoke out the dearth of toilet and other basic facilities for students. HANDS WaterAid Project’s team realized the need of WASH fixing and accessibility of safe water and started the work on priority and provided grills for the windows of the motor room for security. White wash of the building was also carried out and drinking water was also made potable by cleaning the water tank and replacement of the tap knobs. Facilities advantages was soon reflected in improvement of school attendance, sense of ownership and feeling of care in staff and students.
Anwar Baboo is encouraged to develop a School WASH plan in consultation with the School Management Committee to organize gardening and utilization of dust bins. He says “I am happy with the timely intervention of HANDS and WaterAid for rehabilitating our school toilet facilities, providing potable drinking water and making our school one of the best model schools of the Gadap Town”.
HAND WASHING DAY IS A KEY TO CHANGE COMMUNITY HYGIENE BEHAVIORS.
Hands Washing Day was celebrated on October 15 2012, at Sindh Govt. Secondary School Sector 5-D Surjani U.C 6. Basic tips of hand washing, teeth cleaning and improvement in community hygiene behaviors through child to child approach were highlighted through interactive discussion and practical demonstration. Soap was distributed among students and a rally was also taken out.
WASH PROJECT COMMITTEE MEETING CONSULTED WITH COMPETENT PROFESSIONALS.
Monthly PCM (Project Committee Meeting) was held at HANDS Head Office, The meeting was attended by Dr. Sheikh Tanveer Ahmed Chief Executive HANDS and respective General Managers of the Communication, Research and Infrastructure programs. Program team presented the progress of previous month and shared forthcoming plans with the respective support programs of HANDS. Consultation was made on the agenda points for the implementation process of the upcoming month.
227 PEOPLE OBSERVED WORLD TOILET DAY CELEBRATION
Awareness session on the importance of WASH facilities at school level was held on The World Toilet Day on 19th November 2012 at Government Boys Secondary School no: 14, Surjani Town, Maymarabad, Gaddap Town, U-C 6. This awareness session emphasized on need of washrooms including water facilities especially for the adolescent female students, and the requirement of toilet facilities which need to be assured, safe and secured for them within the school. 150 students, 70 community members and 7 teachers attended this activity.
HANDS was founded by Prof. A. G. Billoo (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) in 1979. HANDS has evolved in 33 years as one of the largest Non Profit Organization of the country with integrated development model. HANDS has a network of 29 offices across the country and has access to more than 25 million population of nearly 42000 villages / settlements in 29 districts of Pakistan. HANDS strength is 15 volunteer Board Members, 12 District Patrons, more than 1400 full time staff and nearly one million community based volunteers of 3531 medium and small size organizations.
HANDS is certified by Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) and tax exempted by Income tax department of Government of Pakistan. HANDS has qualified the Institutional Management Certification Program (IMCP) of USAID for management standards. HANDS is accredited with European Union. HANDS also possess membership with Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP).
WaterAid is an international non governmental organization. Its mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities.
WaterAid works to improve quality of life through sustainable approaches to water, sanitation and hygiene education, using local skills and practical, sustainable technologies.
WaterAid also seeks to influence policy at national and international levels.
WaterAid is working in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific region and Central America.
WaterAid works in Pakistan to help establish sustainable water supplies and latrines and to influence government policy to serve the interests of vulnerable people.
Volume 1, Issue 1
- WaterAid’s Hygiene Framework (washresources.wordpress.com)
- Wash your hands – the RIGHT Way! (positiveboomer.net)
- WEDC & WaterAid – Equity and Inclusion in WASH (sanitationupdates.wordpress.com)
- Why clean water is crucial for effective development (devex.com)
- ICDDRB – Update on WASH and hygiene practices (sanitationupdates.wordpress.com)