Tuesday, 30 November 2021 03:25 GMT

Qatar Charity implemented 1,079 water projects in Pakistan last year


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula

DOHA: Qatar Charity implemented 1,079 water projects at a cost of QR6m in Pakistan in 2017 to improve the community health and make access to clean drinking water easy.

More than 200,000 people benefitted from the projects in several Pakistani provinces including Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtonkhwa and Baluchistan, said a release. With a cast of QR6m, the Qatar Charity Office in Islamabad has implemented these projects, which included the drilling of 859 artesian wells equipped with a hand pump, 149 artesian wells equipped with an electric pump and two bathrooms, as well as 71 deep artesian wells equipped with an electric pump and two bathrooms.

Qatar Charity also constructed 220 toilets along with sinks and places for ablution under these water projects to improve sanitation conditions and reduce the risk of the spread of diseases and epidemics.

The Director of the Qatar Charity Office in Pakistan, Amin Issa said that Pakistan is exposed to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes and suffers from some conflicts from time to time. Local and international assessments have revealed the great need for water and sanitation in emergencies, as the displacement of massive population creates immediate and long-term health risks.

Issa pointed out that Qatar Charity pays special attention to the water and sanitation sector and implements various projects by drilling wells and providing sanitation facilities, which make easy access to drinking water, improve the health conditions of communities, and reduce the spread of epidemics and diseases in poor areas suffering from disasters. Qatar Charity is always at the forefront of responding to every request made by the Pakistani government for humanitarian support, emergency relief and disaster assistance.

Qatar Charity has been able to quickly respond to disasters due to its field offices in Pakistan and Kashmir and implemented many projects as a humanitarian response in collaboration with the key UN organizations such as UNICEF, WFP and FAO.

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