“A poor grass cutter, Raieez, aged 32, died last summer due to heat wave as he couldn’t reach hospital in time because there was no road linking his village to the hospital” recalled Mohammad Irshad, a local of village Asghar Shah, located 40Km from main headquarter Batkhela District Malakand. The village’s main livelihood is agriculture and it was difficult for the villagers to carry their farms’ produce to the local markets. In addition, the children had to walk approximately 4Km a day to their schools. Now the joy of the beneficiaries is immense since the road has been constructed by SRSP under EU PEACE project. The road is benefiting more than 250 households, vehicles have access to village and farmers can load food crops to the market. Establishment of road has improved access schools and hospitals.
Three days training on Pakistan Approach to Total Sanitation (PATS) was organized for 30 elected members (18 male and 12 female) in District Buner under WASH PATs plus project. The objective of the training was to orient the participants on WASH policy framework at district level, provide low cost solutions regarding sanitation and water safety and to elaborate their role in open defecation free (ODF) declaration, verification, certification and sustainability check. Furthermore, their knowledge was enhanced on gender mainstreaming, equity, disaster risk reduction, climate change and environmental protection. The training was organized by SRSP in collaboration with Government of KPK and funded by UNICEF.