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We work with rural communities to promote their economic, social and political rights, essentially helping poor Afghans to help themselves.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

In Afghanistan, many women and children must walk for miles in order to collect water. Families and communities are chronically affected by water-borne diseases which contribute to poor health, high mortality rates and inhibit development. 

Afghanaid's Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Programme

In 2013 Afghanaid, with the support of partners, began the implementation of a 3 year Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme. During the course of the project, Afghanaid worked with over 60,000 men, women and children on projects which included the:

  • repair of 133 wells and 14 water reservoirs
  • building of 78 new wells
  • building of over 1,590 latrines
  • purification of drinking water  through the distribution of over 3,900 water-filters
  • distribution of 3,908 water cans and water coolers  to communities and schools
  • distribution of 5,000 menstrual health guidebooks to school girls to improve their hygiene knowledge

The Success 

  • More than 80% of WASH beneficiaries have access to water resources less than one Km away and over 85% of beneficiaries use clean water and soap for hand washing
  • In 37 schools, the rate of under-five mortality has reduced by more than 50% due to the provision of sanitary latrines, water-filters and water tanks
  • Attendance of girls at school has particularly improved due to improved sanitary facilities
  • Morbidity has significantly reduced in WASH communities, and therefore the economic situation of the people has improved

Ongoing Needs

Whilst so much has been achivied during the 3 years of the WASH programme, there remains an increasing demand for water resources in communities where villagers are still having to travel long distances to collect water. Ever-expanding communites also have a severe ongoing needs for water purification filers. 

Below is a video about our work in promoting safe clean drinking water in rural Afghanistan.

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