Report of World Water Day-2014 Human Resource Development Society (HRDS)
Events & News
HRDS Foundation arranged Male 2nd Sports Event at “Village Lachi District Kohat” dated 22/09/2016, Some Snapshots from the DAY
Project: “Integrated WASH Response for the Conflict-Affected Communities in KP/FATA”
Collaboration with Human Resource Development Society
World communities have been celebrating World Water Day on 22nd of March since 1993. This special day is celebrated in view of the immense importance of this precious commodity. It grew out of agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A different advocacy theme is specified for each year. This year’s theme is, “Water and Energy”. Water resources around the planet is depleting and polluting day by day and many countries face severe conditions in terms of availability of water. As Pakistan is also situated in the arid region and it also faces water scarcity. On the occasion of world water day 2014 HRDS arranged a world water day function to provide an alternate solution for water scarce areas and to aware the people about the importance of each and every drop of water and store these precious pearls of nature. Water is an essential element for every human being, for personal consumption and cooking, growing crops and maintaining livestock, personal hygiene, and washing things, such as clothing and dishes. Access to water looks different in every country. It could mean pipes into homes, or a well, half hour away. But no matter the standards set by a country, access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation are crucial human rights, because without these, people are forced to rely on unsafe sources for water, which highly increases the risk for preventable, communicable diseases. As a result of inadequate resources, families are stuck in a cycle of ill health and poverty, which affect children most severely. There are 7 billion people on the earth to be feed and another 2 billion are expected to join them in the coming couple of years. According to a survey statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 liters of water every day; however most of the water we drink is embedded in the production of food that we consume: Producing 1 cup milk requires 200 liters of water Producing 1 egg requires 135 liters of water Producing 1 potato requires 25 liters of water Producing 1 tomato requires 13 liters of water Producing 1 apple requires 70 liters of water When a billion people in the world already live in chronic hunger and water resources are under pressure we cannot pretend the problem lays elsewhere. Pakistan is among those country which is already facing problems with Quantity and Quality of drinking water. This not only limits agricultural production and industrial growth, but it is also the leading cause of disease and child mortality in the country. People, particularly in the rural areas, do not have access to clean drinking water. By resorting to drinking from the locally available water sources, the poor people are plagued with water-borne diseases, which is an immense financial burden in health care costs and also results in the loss of poor household incomes. Considering most people are day laborers, this loss perpetuates the cycle of poverty. With the financial support of UK AID, ACTED in collaboration with HRDS started a WASH project for the rehabilitation of drinking water supply at community and household level benefiting around 70,000 local populations of District Hangu. The main objective of the project is to reduce water and sanitation related diseases in the conflict affected communities. The main priority of the project is to improve access to safe drinking water to the conflict affected population. At community level, Public Health Engineering Department water supply schemes (6 schemes) will be rehabilitated along with proper training of 140 technical staff on water disinfection/chlorination in order to ensure the access of safe drinking water in future. The pre and post bacteriological water testing will be conducted in water supply schemes as well as household open wells in order to analyze the condition of water before and after intervention. 15 villages for drainage in district Hangu will be selected in which the drainage system will be improved. In the soft component of the project, community members, imams, BHU staff and schools children will be trained on Hygiene Promotion and household water treatment especially solar disinfection (SODIS, A simple technique of drinking water disinfection by keeping water in a clear bottle for a day in the sun) while posters and calendars regarding SODIS and hand washing will be distributed. The whole intervention will lead to the improvement in access to clean drinking water which will further enable us to achieve the overall goal of eradication of water borne diseases and promotion of healthy lives in the target areas. HRDS has considered this crisis of unsafe water supply, lack of proper sanitation and improper hygiene as the cause of some water born diseases and deaths of children.