Sokar Latrines-Phase 1 Update

Nabeel Hasnain, Project Team

In January 2011, HEED submitted its first progress report on the Sokar Latrines project. Each of the goals of the first stage of the project was successfully completed: the first set of 15 latrines were constructed, a baseline health survey was conducted, and multiple successful sanitation sessions were held – long story short – great news!

The baseline health survey found 3 incidences of scabies and 11 incidences of diarrhea. One of the aims of the project is to reduce this incidence rate of sickness in a population of about 390, and this should go down given the effort being put into the public education and awareness process. HEED’s Hygiene Promoter held no less than 21 training sessions on sanitation. The sessions were attended by more than 52 women from 60 families, and classroom-based sessions for the children. The community members were taught about personal hygiene, proper use of latrines, and the importance of hand washing.

Each of the 60 families in the Sokar Village was very enthusiastic about latrines being built for their homes. Widows and physically challenged families were given priority for the first set of 15 latrines. ADP’s site visit volunteer, Mr. Khizar Abbasi, had a chance to visit the community after this first phase was completed and was impressed with how the project had been operating and the construction of latrines.

The response from the community was so positive that HEED felt it best to continue with Phase II without interruption, beginning construction of the second set of 45 latrines using its own funds. As of end January 2011, 65% of this second phase was already complete, putting the project 2 months ahead of schedule. HEED estimated, however, that the budget may be overrun slightly due to higher than expected transportation costs and inflation.

ADP continues to diligence the project’s progress, in part by conducting a second site visit, but the Project Team has so far been very impressed with the quality and professionalism of HEED’s work. However, the project is in need of additional funding – we invite our donors to help move the project forward by going to the project page and donating by Paypal. Thank you for your support!