To support water provision and enhance the knowledge and attitude of rural communities in Posht-e-Band area, AHEAD with financial support of German Cooperation channeled through WHH implemented a six months WASH project which supported five village.
The source of drinking water for the communities in Posht Band villages, Aybak district of Samangan province, targeted by this project is semi deep well and surface water. Some of these villages rely on the water from spring and stream located far from the village. The burden of water collection in this case falls on children and men who travel long distance daily and use donkeys to transport the water from the stream or spring to their villages. The stream is unprotected and the water is contaminated with animal dung and other pollutants, making it unsafe for drinking. To feed their animals during summer, the communities collect rainwater and snowmelt water which they store in makeshift ponds. Due to lack of precipitation in the Samangan region, many households have already lost, or were forced to sell their livestock – in particular during droughts, when animals need more water to compensate for the declining availability and quality of fodder.
To enhance the availability of drinking water in Posht band communities, the CDCs of Zagh Shorab, Shorabak, Surkhak Cheshma, and Tatar chil villages, which together form Posht Band cluster, water supply scheme and rehabilitation/ construction of drinking water wells implemented as vulnerability mitigation measures which have been implemented by AHEAD through funding support of German Cooperation channeled through Welthungerhilfe (WHH).
- 3 semi-deep wells are drilled and activated, benefited communities are having easy access to safe and clean drinking water in three villages. - 8 inactive and not-maintained wells are rehabilitated and are re-activated. Benefited communities are having easy access to safe and clean drinking water in three villages. - 1.3 km pipe scheme constructed with an additional water reservoir with capacity of 23,000 liter water in the village of Sorkhak Cheshma. - Communities received on the job well maintenance trainings while rehabilitation of the inactive wells. The communities received well maintenance toolkits. - 215 beneficiaries (60% female and 40% male) received health and hygiene awareness trainings. Beneficiaries received a week long training on the subjects relevant to personal and environmental hygiene and basic healthcare. Trainings completed following distribution of basic hygiene package