Supplying Filtered Water to Schools in Haripur
This project, being undertaken in collaboration with Beer Development Society (BDS), envisages installation of 12 more water filtration plants in a number of schools across Haripur District, in continuation to the 8 installed last year. The need for clean drinking water within underdeveloped regions of the province may be placed in the broader context of achieving Millennium Development Goal milestones for Pakistan.
By working with BDS to set up water filtration plants at schools, ADP aims to address the critical need to provide the community with access to clean drinking water. A secondary, but equally important goal, is to support the cause of education at these schools by limiting the incidence of water-borne diseases and diarrhea amongst students. The number of direct beneficiaries – students and teachers alone – estimated to benefit from this project is approximately 10,704 people, with another 2,000 people from the communities nearby utilizing these pumps for their water needs. Through this project, ADP aims at extension of both health and education benefits to communities.
Beer Development Society (BDS) was originally registered under the Societies Act of 1860 in May, 2000. However, the NGO did not come under the spotlight until 2006, when it was selected by the Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP) for its role in the Barani Area Development Project Phase-I, funded by the World Bank. Though BDS started out by focusing on social mobilization to strengthen grass-roots institutions in the region, it has since been engaged in projects related to water & sanitation, health & hygiene, education and disaster management. The team at BDS consists of 10 paid staff and 18 volunteers, with a mission to support sustainable development initiatives in District Haripur and Kohistan, and increasingly now to other outreach districts of Hazara division too. This is the second water filter plant installation project BDS has received funding from ADP for.
ADP will measure success in terms of the following benchmarks:
- Number of people getting access to clean drinking water
- Improved quality of water – Test results for water samples drawn from project sites after implementation will be compared to pre-implementation water samples.
- Attendance rates in targeted schools will be compared before and after project implementation.
The ADP Project Team was enthusiastically committed to this project because of ADP’s previous partnership with BDS and an extension of a similar project with greater reach. The target community has expressed both benefit from previous water filtration plants’ installation and expressed need for more in other schools to deliver clean water and improve student productivity in terms of attendance and less incidence of water-borne diseases.
Q. How can community involvement be ensured in this project to sustain smooth workability of the filtration plants?
The ADP team included close community involvement as one of the key criteria for approving this project. The analysis showed that each school has an active, well-structured, active and representative Parent Teacher Council (PTC). These PTCs form the keystone for community involvement in this project. In addition to a small upfront contribution towards the installation of the plants, the PTCs will be responsible for maintenance of the filtration plants; which means replacing water filters every 4 months (or as required). This responsibility will be borne by the PTCs for as long as the schools and filtration plants remain in existence.
Q. How did the community respond to the installations in 2013?
Feedback from BDS as well as ADP’s site visitor suggests that the 2013 water treatment plant installations have led to increased school attendance, a decrease in the incidence of water borne diseases amongst children and has been well received by the community.
Q. Why did ADP decide to partner with BDS for this particular project?
BDS is an ideal partner in many respects. It has been continually involved with the Beer community and has succeeded in many welfare projects for the community. In addition, it has a dedicated team of personnel with low turnover amongst its employees. Finally, and most importantly, it has worked successfully with ADP in the past and they previous project is continuing successfully.
Q. How can the impact of the project be measured to ensure that all ADP targets are met?
In the contract signed between ADP and BDS, the ADP team has included several key indicators to measure the impact of the project. This includes a six monthly report of attendance at each school, including total enrolled children and their attendance. Additionally, water tests will be conducted by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) after each plant has been installed to confirm that the quality of water coming out of each plant is safe for drinking purposes. These tests will be paid for by the community.
Q. What is the rationale for building each filtration plant at a school and how will the funds for each plant’s administration be generated?
A. The selection of schools for this project was driven by the consideration of access to a captive community of beneficiaries (students & teachers), security and administration. Since schools serve as community centers to an extent, have independent administration and security arrangements, they were the ideal choice for locating filtration plants. Collecting funds from the families of students for the plant’s upkeep will be facilitated by school management and local union councils with cooperation from parent-teacher communities, whereas specific activities can subsequently be targeted at each school by forming Environmental Clubs amongst students, thereby raising awareness on the importance of hygiene and sanitation.
Q. How can the impact of the project be enhanced?
A. Special arrangements have been agreed to with BDS and the target schools which will allow households from nearby communities to access purified water during late afternoons and evenings. A security guard will be deputed at the school to ensure that access to water is provided and the filtration equipment is protected from theft. The cost per beneficiary on an annual basis for just the direct beneficiaries (the students and staff of these schools) comes to less than a dollar.
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