Project Name: Water: Sustainable Urban Provision, Benapole
The United Nations’ Global Goals call for the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Yet in Bangladesh, 74 million people (48% of the population) are drinking unclean water (World Bank).
Bangladesh has made considerable progress in the past 20 years with regards to water supply. It is estimated that 98% of people have access to an improved water source, such as a tube-wells. But much of the water is contaminated with health-harming microbes (e.g.,E.coli), naturally occurring heavy metals (e.g., arsenic, iron) or salt. Lack of access to clean water undermines wider development efforts: ill health caused by drinking contaminated water limits the opportunities for people to attend school, earn an income or contribute to society; intestinal infections caused by drinking dirty water impair nutrient absorption and healthy growth (e.g., 36% of children aged under five in Bangladesh are stunted, the effects of which last a lifetime).
Driven largely by economic migration, from 1987 to 2017 the share of Bangladesh living in urban areas rose from 18% to 36%, roughly one million new urban dwellers annually (World Bank). Rapid urban growth has resulted in urban dwellers having lower access to clean water (45%) than people in rural areas (61%) (UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme 2017).
Consistent with the Global Goals’ ambition that ‘no-one is left behind’, we want to ensure that 4,300 urban dwellers in Bangladesh gain access to clean water.
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Overall Objective:Ensure universal access to sustainably managed clean water in Benapole.
- Achieve universal access to clean water in Ward 1.
- Improved WASH practice in Ward 1.
- Greater capacity in Benapole to drive improvements in sustainable WASH outcomes.
- People of Benapole Ward 1 get access to clean water.
- People of Benapole Ward 1 have improved WASH practices.
- The Benapole municipality has better capacity in future WASH interventions.
Project Components:Installation of Arsenic and Iron Removal Plant water points,Community mobilization, Capacity building, Awareness raising program, MHM piloting, WASH rights ensuring.
- Site selection for 14 AIRP;
- Construct 12 community-based AIRP;
- Construct 2 educational institution based AIRP;
- Provide skills training and mentoring to 6 people/AIRP who will serve as the AIRP management committee.
- Monitor all 12 community-based AIRP management committees to ensure that they are implementing their business plan, including the collection of user fees.
- Conduct water quality test prior to initial hand-over to the AIRP management committees and conduct six monthly water quality testing thereafter.
- Establish 12 WASH Committees in Ward 1, with combined membership of 84 community people.
- Provide training to members of WASH Committees to enable them to lead a behaviour change campaign in Ward 1 to improve hygiene, water safety & sanitation practice.
- Provide school-based training to address gender inequalities with regards to WASH access, including during menstruation.
- Provide knowledge and skills training to members of WASH Committees to improve their ability to claim their WASH rights from duty bearers.
- Provide mentoring support to the Water Section of Benapole Municipality.
- Facilitate planning and review workshops to include key stakeholders from Benapole Municipality and Ward 1.
- Organise a learning visit to Kalaroa for key stakeholders from Benapole Municipality and Ward 1.
- Develop a plan in collaboration with the Municipal Council and community members to achieve 100% clean water access in Benapole.
- Share lessons from the project at national-level lesson-sharing workshop.
Project Beneficiaries (Direct):3300
Project Duration:1 Year (Started March 2021)
Financial partner (Donor):DAM UK
Project Location/s and number of Field offices:Benapole Paurashava under Jashore District
Project Budget:GBP 47,335
Number of project staffs and volunteers:4
Contact Person:Iqbal Hossain, Project Manager.
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