Water Filter Plant in Mansehra
The Association for the Development of Pakistan is partnering with Saibaan Development Organization in a new project in Mansehra, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The project involves the installation of a water filtration plant near a commercial/residential area in Mansehra to enable the provision of clean drinking water for nearby communities. The project is critical for meeting the enhanced need for clean drinking water in the area, due to an increase in the city’s population (through migration) in the wake of 2005 earthquakes. The availability of clean drinking water is expected to curb water-borne illness and disease, and should yield social benefits in the form of better health of the adjoining population, in general, and improved child-health, in particular. Easy access to water should also help households save time for other useful activities.
The capacity of the plant will be such as to serve the drinking needs of at least 1000 adjoining households. The beneficiaries will be both shopkeepers in adjoining commercial area as well as neighboring households belonging to the poorer sections of the society. Since water for household needs is generally collected and carried home by the womenfolk, they are expected to be the key beneficiaries.
Saibaan Development Organization has been registered as an NGO since 5th June, 2000. It is a Philanthropy Center for Pakistan (PCP) certified organization. It was initially focused on small projects related to the capacity building and skill development of youth in different marketable skills, within Mansehra city. Since the 2005 earthquake, the organization has expanded its scope of work to cover four districts of the Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa (KP) province, engaging in relief activities and providing basic necessities like shelters, FIs and NFIs to the affected communities in remote and neglected areas, and generation of sustainable livelihoods for women and youth.
Over the years, Saibaan has successfully partnered with international development organizations like Trust for Voluntary organizations (TVO), IOM , WFP, Oxfam Novib, Oxfam Germany, Care International, Concern Worldwide, ILO, UNDP, UNFPA, UN Habitat, CIDA, ACTION Aid, and Save the Children Sweden.
- The entire repair and maintenance cost for running the water treatment plant is fully, and willingly, borne by the benefitting community itself.
- The number of households/shops that use water from the treatment plant is close to 1000 households.
- The vulnerable segments of the communities (women, children and the elderly) in particular, and overall benefitting population in general, express satisfaction with the water treatment facility during feedback (through periodic surveys, focus group discussions, or other feedback mechanisms and direct/indirect observation)
- The water treatment facility does not fall into misuse (e.g. through selling the plant water for commercial, profit-making purposes).
The project not only aims to contribute in fulfilling the critical need of clean drinking water, and thereby towards important development areas like mother-and-child healthcare, but envisages doing so in a sustainable manner. Sustainability is aimed to be ensured through community engagement in funding and supervising operation and maintenance of the water treatment plant. ADP is particularly excited about the project as it represents a pilot phase that, if successful, can be replicated across the region for greater social impact.
Q1.How is sustainability being ensured?
The project will assure the constitution of a Management Committee comprising community and NGO representatives with the task of ensuring repair and maintenance of the water treatment plant, through fees collected from the community, with the fee level based on the ability to pay of community members. The committee will also ensure the resolution of public complaints and other management issues related to the treatment facility. A Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) incorporating such responsibilities is to be signed between ADP and the NGO/Management Committee at the time of disbursal of funds (first tranche).
Q2. How will ADP ensure effective monitoring & evaluation of the project?
The NGO will ensure effective M&E of the project, inclusive of the functioning of the Management Committee, as well as on project impact in terms of quantitative metrics like beneficiaries served, as well as qualitative assessment based on feedback from vulnerable and other segments of the community. Such periodic M&E reports will be furnished by Saibaan to ADP, as well as other responsibilities which will be made part of the contract signed between ADP and Saibaan.
Q3. Is the proposed location of the project ideal for benefiting a larger segment of the population?
Based on feedback from the NGO and site inspection report, the proposed location of the treatment plant seems appropriate to serve the needs of a large community, which shall initially be restricted to 1000 households.
Q4.Would the clean-water facility be accessible to the vulnerable segments of the population, such as women and the elderly?
The location seems easy to access and out of three times a day for getting water from the facility, one time will be specifically reserved for women. Also, only one withdrawal per household would be allowed in a day, which should enable equitable distribution of benefits amongst the population.
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