Press Release

"HOPE for the victims of the conflict in Pakistan"
European Commission funds a Water and Sanitation intervention in Swat valley, N.W.F.P.


As a result of an armed conflict with the militants in Malakand division of N.W.F.P., Swat like other conflict areas has been adversely affected. No facility is left fully functional on ground. Most severely hit are the public health and engineering facilities such as water supply, clean drinking water, sanitation, health as well as deucational facilities. Additionally the livelihood of the inhabitants is acutely impacted. An immediate intervention for water and sanitation relief is required to avert unmanageable outbreak of epidemics.
HOPE'87 once again is the front-runner to shoulder the responsibility in this hour of need for an immediate intervention and has partnered with the European Commission. This project is funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) and HOPE'87 is the implementing partner.
The European Commission's Humaintarian Aid department (ECHO) funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. Aid is channelled impartially, straight to victims, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.
In order to provide humaitarian assistance the support covers the provision of safe drinking water, rehabilitation of water pipes and sanitation facilities and imporvement in hygiene practices to approximately 3.875 families (about 30.000 individuals) for five months in conflict areas of district Swat, N.W.F.P. Complementing the activity 775 mobile hygiene promoters will be trained who will interact with these target beneficiaries on monthly basis for five months to make hygiene practices as habit and part of their daily life.
In addition to that 1.500 meters of piped water supply and 200 family and communal latrines will be rehabilitated. The implementation is scheduled to complete within six months by end of April 2010 starting from November 2009. All endeavours are being made for the successful completion of the programme to bring hope to the people of the conflict area in these gloomy times.
Hundreds of Original Projects for Employment (HOPE'87) is an Austrian initiated Non-Governmental-Organisation working for the support of youth employment and training projects as well as disaster relief and rehabilitation in Africa, Asia, Latin America as well as in Central and Eastern Europe.
HOPE'87-Pakistan as a Branch Office is operation in Pakistan since 1997 with the obective and mandate to alleviate poverty through education, gender equality, training, income generation and to give relief after disasters.
Date: 18. November 2009
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