Founder

Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

Project Name: Water: Sustainable Urban Provision, Benapole Project
Project Introduction:
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). The project will provide universal access to sustainably-managed clean water for 3,300 people in Bangladesh. This will be achieved by installing proven, appropriate clean water technology, improving Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) practice & building community capacity to drive & sustain WASH improvements. Working in poor, peri-urban communities in Benapole municipality, over 12 months the project will ensure that ‘no-one is left behind’. Location of project Benapole pourosova, Sharsha upazilla, Jashore district under Khulna Division, Bangladesh DAM-UK-WSUP-Benapole-Bangladesh.
DAM UK supports Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM)’s work in Bangladesh that extends access to education, improves health and promotes sustainable livelihoods. The project builds upon DAM’s knowledge and networks developed in Khulna Division over many years. Specifically, the project was encouraged by Benapole Paurashava (municipal authority) with whom efforts are coordinated. The project’s understanding of need has been honed by consultation with people living in peri-urban areas of Benapole who have asked for this support. Lessons learnt from DAM’s extensive experience of implementing WASH projects nationally have been integrated into the project design. The integrated hand-pump and water filtration system used in the project was developed and tested in a joint DAM/Water Aid project in a nearby municipality, Kalaroa, since 2012. Dhaka Ahsania Mission already implemented two phases of the project in Benapole Pourosova successfully. The Project has been able to cover arsenic and Iron free clean and safe water around 3 wards of the Benapole Pourosova. The Project has been able to cover arsenic and Iron free clean and safe water in 3 wards of the Benapole Pourosova through installation of AIRP in last two years.  Almost 95% population came to safe water coverage. DAM is committed to improving access to clean water in all Benapole’s peri-urban wards (nine in total) through Installation of Arsenic Iron removal Plant (AIRP).

Project Agreement Number: WAB/CT/11-12/P-06/DAM (Kalaroa)
Overall Objective:
Building upon the success of its work in Kalaroamunicipality in which DAM has been able to achieve 100% access to safe water (see Proof of Concept in Annex 1) and following positive consultation with the Benapole municipal authorities and local community members, DAM wishes to commence work in Benapole.  The overall ambition of DAM’s engagement in Benapole is as follows:

  • Ensure universal access to sustainably managed clean water in Benapole.

The proposed intervention will be DAM’s first intervention in Benapole and as such it will be vital in terms of forging working relationships with local community structures and municipal authorities. It will focus efforts on Ward 1, a peri-urban area of Benapole.  By the end of the intervention, Ward 1 will have achieved 100% access to clean water.

Objective 1: Ensure 100% access to clean water across targeted location.

  • No resident in targeted location requires more than 30 minutes (round trip, including queuing) to access water free of contaminants.
  •  Water from all AIRP meets Government of Bangladesh quality standards.

Objective 2: Improved WASH practice across the entire ward.

  • 80% of households implement clean water management from source to consumption.
  • Targeted Locality declared open-defecation free.

Objective 3:  Greater capacity in Benapole to drive sustainable WASH improvements.

  • Paurashava demonstrating improved capacity for sustainable WASH management.
  • DAM’s learning from this project shared for improved WASH interventions across Benapole.

Specific Objectives:

  • Achieve universal access to clean water in Ward 1.

Key performance indicators:

    • Water from all AIRP meets Government of Bangladesh quality standards;
    • No resident in Ward 1 requires more than 30 minutes (round trip, including queuing) to access water free of contaminants.
    • AIRP management committee working effectively
  • Improved WASH practice in Ward 1.

Key performance indicators:

    • 80% of observed households implementing clean water management from source to consumption.
    • Ward 1 declaring open-defecation free.
    • Two schools establishing a WASH fund.
  • Greater capacity in Benapole to drive improvements insustainable WASH outcomes.

Key indicators:

    • Benapole citizens proactive in demanding their WASH rights from duty bearers;
    • Benapole Municipality demonstrating improved capacity for sustainable WASH management.
    • DAM’s learning from this pilot project Ward 1 is shared and enables the development interventions for sustainably managed WASH elsewhere in Benapole.

Project Components: Hard ware installation, Community mobilization, Capacity building, Awareness raising program & function and activate the WASH committee in ward level of Benapole Pourosova.
Major Activities:

  • Installation of AIRP (Arsenic Iron Removal Plant)
  • Water Quality Test (Lab Test)
  • Awareness session on water safety Plan (WSP)
  • Awareness on Hygiene Promotion and Solid Waste Management
  • Training for hardware management (unit/person)
  • Training for AIRP Caretakers/Cleaners  (unit/person)
  • Inception and Planning workshop with the municipality council members
  • Awareness Session on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) at School
  • Awareness session Menstrual Health (MHM) at Community
  • Training for Hardware Management
  • Training for AIRP Cleaning Team
  • Follow up Activities in the previous working area.
  • Declaration of 100% safe Water Coverage
  • Signboard/Banner
  • Day observation (Global Hand washing Day, World Water Day, Global MHM Day, World Toilet Day
  • 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 12community-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.
  • Conduct and facilitate 12 Awareness session on Hygiene Promotion focusing Hand washing, COVID 19 and Sanitation issue to community male, female, Adolescent and children ,
  • Conduct and facilitate 16 Awareness session on Water Safety issue to community male, female, Adolescent and children
  • Conduct and facilitate 6 awareness session on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) to Adolescent grist and female.
  • Organize and facilitate 3 Day Observation on Global Hand Washing day, World Toilet Day and World Water loss Day.
  • 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 behavior 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 Project review workshops to include key stakeholders from Benapole Municipality
  • Organize a learning sharing workshop and visit to Kalaroa for key stakeholders from Benapole Municipality
  • 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.
  • Develop a Video Documentary to express the project success to donor, National level stakeholders and the field level stakeholders.
  • Publish a booklets Monograph to highlight the project achievement and share to different level stakeholders and beneficiaries

Project Participants (Direct):

Children (0-10)

Adolescent (11-17)

Youth (18-25)

Adult (26-60)

Senior Citizen (61+)

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Project Duration: January to August 2024 (4th phase)
3rd Phase: 1st January to December 2023
2nd Phase: 1st January to December 2022
1st Phase: (March 2021 to 31 December 2021)

Financial partner (Donor): Dhaka Ahsania Mission-UK
Implementing partner (if any): N/A
Project Location/s and number of Field Offices: Benapole Paurashava, Sharsha, Jashore, Nowrin Nibash, Near by Local Bus Stand, Holding # 692, Benapole, Jashore

Project Budget: BDT = 35,56,746 (4th Phase)
Number of project staffs and volunteers:

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Contact Person: Md. Iqbal Hossain, Project Manager

Cell: 017311-97241, Email-damwashbenapole@gmail.com