WaterAid is helping thousands of families affected by the worst floods to ever hit Pakistan by handing out clean water, hygiene kits, water disinfection resources and by setting up safely managed toilets.
How we're helping
We've reached 43,799
people with clean water
We've reached 69,248
people with with sanitation facilities
We've reached 187,679
people with hygiene awareness sessions
We launched our flood response with the help of our local partners in Badin (Sindh), Rajanpur (Punjab) and Swat (Khyber Pukhtunkhwa) focussing on:
- the disinfection of drinking water sources
- the provision of hygiene kits
- construction of temporary toilets in schools and camps
- clearance of flood water
- awareness raising sessions on safe water, sanitation, and personal hygiene
- supporting the specific needs of women and girls in the flood affected areas including provision of menstrual hygiene kits
- supporting journalists in conducting investigative and responsible stories about the floods and issues of water, sanitation and hygiene.
Our response in more detail
With the support of our partners, we are working on:
- providing safe drinking water through water trucking to eliminate the chances of diseases caused by drinking unsafe water
- disinfection of water sources and drainage of flood water
- rehabilitation of water supply schemes.
In Rajanpur (Punjab), WaterAid through its partner Doabba Foundation has provided 222 thousand of litres of clean drinking water to 7,700 people through water tankers. The quality of the water provided was tested through a laboratory and deemed as fit for drinking. The same number of users have also received jerry cans for household water storage.
In Badin (Sindh), WaterAid is working through its partner organisation LHDP on disinfection of drinking water sources affected by the floods. Through disinfecting and chlorinating the 50 water sources, WaterAid will be able to improve access to clean drinking water for over 13,000 people in the flood affected communities.
In Swat (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), WaterAid is working through its partner organisation IDEA on improved access to sufficient water of appropriate quality and quantity for drinking, cooking and maintaining personal hygiene for 3,600 people. The target will be achieved through rehabilitating and restoring three water supply schemes which were damaged due to the floods.
With the support of our partners we are working on:
- construction of temporary toilets with lighting in displacement camps and within communities in marooned villages and towns, especially catering to the needs of women and girls
- rehabilitation of household and institutional toilets (health care facilities, schools and public institutes).
In Badin (Sindh), WaterAid through its partner LHDP has constructed 80 temporary toilets with lighting and required privacy for women and girls. Over 1,500 people are benefiting from these emergency toilets. The partner is also working on draining stagnant water from schools, health care facilities and villages to provide benefit to over 13,500 people.
In Rajanpur (Punjab), WaterAid through its partner Boabba Foundation has constructed 40 emergency toilet facilities to benefit approximately 2,500 people.
In Swat (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), WaterAid through its partner IDEA is working to improve access to toilets and washing facilities in 30 institutions that are culturally appropriate, secure, sanitary, user-friendly and gender appropriate. Currently the field team is conducting technical assessment for the potential schemes in collaboration with district government. Assessments have been completed in seven schools in consultation with the education department.
With the support of our partner we are working on:
- distribution of hygiene kits (including menstrual hygiene products) to young girls and females in camps and affected households for ensuring personal hygiene
- printing & dissemination of Information Education & Communication (IEC) materials/sessions
- hygiene sessions with female and male community members.
In Badin (Sindh), WaterAid through its partner LHDP has provided emergency hygiene and menstrual hygiene management kits to over 1,700 households. The total target for this activity is over 13,000 people from 2,190 households. Similarly, over 40 hygiene behavior change sessions have been conducted for the affected people. A total of 20,000 people will be reached through these sessions and distribution of informational materials
In Swat (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), WaterAid through its partner IDEA is working on improved access to critical WASH-related information to promote safe hygiene practices and distribution of WASH NFIs, including hygiene kits catering to the specific needs of adolescent girls and women
So far, 726 hygiene kits have been distributed among the affected families. Over 2,000 people have participated in 108 hygiene promotion sessions conducted in communities and schools this include 1,479 men, 481 women and 164 girls. This total number also includes 10 people with disabilities
In Rajanpur (Punjab), WaterAid through its partner Doabba Foundation has conducted 82 Hygiene Promotion sessions with 1100 households. Hygiene kits including menstrual hygiene management kits have been distributed among these households.
Stories of those affected by these devastating floods
Wajeeha, 11, is living with her family in camps in Ingerabad village.
While sitting on the bank of the river, she said: “Flood water has wiped away all my clothes and toys. I sit here all day to see if I can locate my dolls in this water.”
Yasin and Spogmai
In Ingerabad village, Yasin and Spogmai need to collect water from a source which is 2kms away from their camps.
Haadia, 22, is washing her clothes in the nearby river locally known as Daraal in Swat.
“This water is not clean, but I must wash our clothes and utensils in it because we have no other source left. I got married eight months ago and during these floods we have lost everything including new clothes, furniture and jewellery. I can manage without those items, but I cannot manage without a toilet which is a basic need. I usually go out at night so that no one can see.
However, I feel so embarrassed while asking my husband to accompany me so that I can go out for defecation."
Hurmat, 40, is now living with her husband and five children in Ingerabad village camp.
"We have lost our own house and a shop. Our family has been living here for the last five days and the main issue is availability of clean drinking water, which is not very close to these camps. When my husband is not around, my daughters travel three to four times a day to collect water, but this makes me feel unsafe for them."