BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: A new Water and Hygiene Improvement Project has been launched in Murtazaabad, Hunza Valley to improve the quality of life.
At least 3500 people are expected to benefit from the project launched by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS,P) – an agency of Aga Khan Development Network [AKDN].
The project is launched in celebration of World Toilet Day drawing attention to the fact that 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to adequate sanitation, a spokesman for AKDN Rizwan Jamil told The Express Tribune on Wednesday.
“The project will install house and communal clean drinking water tap stands that meet World Health Organization standards.”
In Murtazaabad, the entire population accesses drinking water from open sources most of which are believed to be contaminated. When temperatures drop below freezing in the winter, obtaining water becomes even more arduous and risky for women and young girls, who have to travel long distances to collect water.
The village comprises five schools and other communal buildings and is home to 430 households, and the average household income is said to be Rs3,000 a month.
According to the Jamil, USAID Mission Director John Groarke is hopeful those who otherwise lacked access to clean water will be able to benefit from the initiative.
The G-B information department officials said AKDN officials on Wednesday held a meeting with chief secretary Tahir Hussain to brief him about the organization’s initiatives in the region.