Islamabad: United Nations Human Settlements Programme UN-Habitat has initiated ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene’ WASH for schools and ground Water Recharge in Rawalpindi and Islamabad’ project.
The project has been launched with the collaboration of Federal Ministry of Climate Change, Federal Directorate of education Islamabad and District Education office Rawalpindi and with generous support from Coca-Cola foundation.
While addressing the launching Workshop on Wednesday in Islamabad, Mr. Javed Ali Khan, Director General, Ministry of the Climate Change, highlighted need of the water, sanitation and hygiene promotion intervention in the twin cities informing hazards associated with the use of contaminated drinking water and unsafe sanitation.
“Most water borne diseases related to children spread through schools and we should focus our attention for the provision of safe drinking water along with good sanitation services to our school children”, he further said.
“Ministry of Climate Change will continue support to all the departments and international organizations for the WASH interventions including ground water recharge across the country and the contribution of Coca Cola Pakistan and UN-Habitat is highly commendable”, he added.
Ms. Bella Evidente, Officer Incharge, UN-Habitat Pakistan welcomed the participants and thanked Ministry of Climate Change, Federal Directorate of education Islamabad and District Education office Rawalpindi for their keen interest in this project which aims to evolve behaviour change through schools.
Ms. Bella said, “UN-Habitat Pakistan has been instrumental in addressing issues that cater to improve access of basic services in schools around urban slums. Besides many other projects related to Water and sanitation improvement, UN-Habitat has recently implemented two specialized projects related to safe drinking water and sanitation improvements through gender mainstreaming.”
“The overall purpose of this particular project is to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in poor urban schools to reduce vulnerability of these communities from water borne diseases and impact of climate change”, she concluded with thanking note to Coca-Cola for providing close support for this intervention.
Mr. Qazi Zahoor ul Haq EDO education district Rawalpindi said that school children will be the primary beneficiaries of this project and government schools administration acknowledges efforts of UN-Habitat for implementing this project.