Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene in Shangla & Kohistan

Environmental Protection Society (EPS) entered into partnership with Welt Hungerhilfe (WHH)-a German based INGO in October 2007 for the first time after the earth quack in Shangla district and Balakot. It was a 15 months WASH project implemented by EPS and a Peshawar based organization. EPS was working in six union councils of Shangla to implement 6 Spring based water supply schemes (SWSS), 90 latrines and one sewer line. At the end the project was evaluated and it was declared as one of the best project implemented WHH in the world. WHH strategy was to continue with one of the two partners for the next year. Based upon EPS performance another similar project of one year duration was awarded to EPS to be implemented in Shangla and Batagram districts. Under this project EPS implemented 12 DWSS, 180 latrines and 2 sewer lines along with health and hygiene education. In December 2009, the project successfully concluded. It was the time that WHH also concluded its activities in Pakistan and closed its country office and EPS-WHH partnership successfully ended.

After insurgency in Malakand Division followed by havoc flood of 2010 WHH restarted its interventions in Pakistan. Keeping in view EPS previous performance EPS was awarded another Project (PAK 1035) on WASH in Shangla and Kohistan. The project started in April 01, 2011 and concluded with success in July 2012.Deliverables of the project comprised of 19 DWSS, 300 latrines and 02 path ways and hygiene education. Immediately after project conclusion in July 2012 another similar project (PAK 1050) of 22 months duration has been awarded to EPS. This project captioned as “Water, Energy, Sanitation & Hygiene (WESH)” is also being implemented in the flood affected union councils of the same districts (Shangla and Kohistan). The project would reach to its maturity period in May 2014. The project menu comprises of 19 drinking water supply schemes, 300 latrines, 5 sewer lines and 10 solid waste confinements. The hard components in both the districts are supported by hygiene promotion sessions at community and school levels. The identification process has been completed and physical work is in progress. In reference to hygiene education, Pre & Post KAP surveys are part of this project along with distribution of hygiene kits

August, 2012