October 7, 2018
In the course of September 2018, as many as 26 drinking water supply projects have been completed and handed over in Badakhshan, Daykundi, Ghor, Heart, Kabul, Kandahar, Kunar, Nimruz, Paktia, Panjsher, Parwan and Takhar provinces through the National Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Irrigation Programme (Ru-WatSIP) of Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD).
These projects consist of 20 water supply networks – both solar-powered and gravity-fed—in Manogai district of Kunar province, Dawlatyar, Lal Wa Sarjangal districts and center of Ghor province, Reghistan district of Badakhshan province, Salang district of Parwan of province,ZaziAryub district of Paktia province, HisaAwalKhinj district of Panjsher province, Taloqan center of Takhar province, Shahristan and Miramor districts of Daykundi province, Khash Rod district of Nimruz, Injil district of Herat province, Shinwari district of Parwan province, Yawan district of Badakhshan province and Panjwayi district of Kandahar province, and drilling of five bore wells in Rukha district of Panjsher province and Shakardara district of Kabul province.
The total cost of these projects is 651,032 US dollars – of which 505,292 USD were funded by the Government (Ministry of Finance) and the rest of 145,740 USD were funded by UNICEF. Creating thousands of labor days for the residents of the pertaining localities, with the accomplishment of these projects, over 32,000 individuals in the aforementioned provinces got access to clean potable water.
Besides, during this month, Center of Bamyan was declared as the 8thOpen Defecation Free (ODF) district in Afghanistan by the Sanitation and Hygiene Unit (SHU) of Ru-WatSIP. Ru-WatSIP, with the financial support of UNICEF, had successfully implemented the Afghan Context Community-Led Total Sanitation (AC CLTS) approach, making all the 220 communities of the district ODF.
It is worth mentioning that the AC CLTS approach is being implemented by Ru-WatSIP in the rural localities of the country to improve the sanitary situation of villagers and put an end to Open Defecation (OD) to contribute in achieving WASH goal and objectives.