Groundwater is the only major water source for 1.67 million people, mostly residing in (2800) rural villages. The rainfall pattern is not uniform. The area has also long drought history. There are no surface water or pipe water facilities in rural villages. Hence, in the absence of rainfall, groundwater becomes only feasible water source in Tharparkar. Dug wells are the only means to extract groundwater in most of the villages. These wells, both shallow and deep, usually draw water from natural aquifers ranging from 50 – 150 feet. These wells fall at a distance of 2-5 kilometers from the villages, thus, people have to travel daily for hours to collect water needed for drinking and other household consumption. Usually, girls and women are responsible for fetching water from these wells. Poverty, coupled with water scarcity, has exacerbated the poor sanitation and hygiene conditions in rural villages of Tharparkar. Absence of toilets compels people to defecate in the open. An integrated WASH response is also required to mitigate the vulnerabilities of marginalized communities. The project will ensure improved access to WASH services through the provision of water and sanitation facilities (hand pump, toilets, etc) and hygiene education.
DEEP HAND PUMPS
How IDRF is helping
By looking at the current scenario of WASH in Tharparkar, Sukaar Foundation proposes the installation of 15 Deep Hand Pumps in school and 17 Deep hand pumps at community level. This project will also result in the construction of 15 sanitation facilities at schools, 125 Demo Latrines (25 in village.) We will also distribute 270 Hygiene kits to the beneficiaries of demo latrines, 500 school kits and 820 dignity kits to help raise awareness on menstrual hygiene. WASH information sessions will also occur in the form of 130 health and hygiene promotion sessions in selected villages of Taluka Diplo, Islamkot & Mithi.
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