Qatar Charity Implements Drinking Water Project for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan
Qatar Charity (QC), in partnership with United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), has embarked on the implementation of a new water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) project for the Afghan refugees and the host community in six districts of Balochistan, Pakistan, pointing out that it is expected to benefit 75,000 in 38 targeted refugee villages.
In a statement, QC indicated that the project aims to enable the refugees and host communities to have access to safe drinking water and appropriate sanitation services, in addition to encouraging safe hygiene practices to keep their environments clean. Health education campaigns focus on teaching refugees and families how to wash hands, spreading the necessary awareness among them, celebrating international days of water and toilets, and training on how to use safe water, in cooperation with local authorities.
QC said that after the project completion, the target population are expected to have access to safe drinking water and appropriate sanitation services with improved hygiene behavior. The initiative was greatly welcomed locally, as District Education Officer at Loralai district Syed Sajid Hussain said: "Due to Qatar Charity interventions in schools, the students know the importance of using latrines and hand washing with soap, especially I am impressed with the children awareness regarding 7 steps of hand washing." At the beginning of this year, Qatar Charity, in partnership with UNICEF, implemented a WASH project in the Afghan refugee camps. This project enabled the target groups to enjoy their rights to a better health by improving sanitation and hygiene services, and contributed to protecting them from water-borne diseases.
Qatar Charity, in partnership with UNICEF, implemented a project in Pakistan under the name improved health, nutrition and well-being of poor and vulnerable people. The project benefited nearly one million people in three districts of Balochistan, Pakistan.
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