German Embassy Inaugurates Water and Sanitation Program in Hunza, additional 70,000 Euro Funding

Some 300 villages in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral now have access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. This has been made possible by a Euro 9.4 million Grant from the German Federal Foreign Office, extended through the KfW Development Bank. This project called WASEP (Water & Sanitation Extension Program) was initially funded by the Germany Ministry of Development Cooperation (BMZ) in the mid-1990s. It is being implemented by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Project targeted the remote villages where women and children had to walk long distances for fetching water for their daily needs in these rugged mountain areas. The poor quality of water was the major cause of many diseases that even caused increased child mortality. As of now, WASEP has covered over half of the population of the Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral areas. The robustness of the design can be gauged from that fact that almost 98% of the schemes constructed since mid-1990s still continue to serve the target communities. The German support and AKDN’s participatory development model has led to significant reduction in water borne diseases, and saved a lot of water-hauling labor and time for the women and children. In addition, the Projects has brought communities together in jointly safeguarding and using the limited water resources, thus ushering in a new era of peace and harmony amongst the communities. On June 18, 2014, WASEP received an additional funding of Euro 70,000 for completing the remaining component of the Chitral water supply scheme, possibly within the 3rd quarter of this year. A supplemental agreement for this was signed by Dr. Karim Alibhai, Chief Executive Office Aga Khan Foundation, and Dr. Anna-Christine Janke, Director KfW Office Islamabad. Those present on the occasion included Ms. Mandy Zeckra, Counsellor, German Embassy in Pakistan. Source

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