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26 February 2020

AKPBS,P facilitates 2-day capacity building workshop in Chitral

CHITRAL: Agha Khan Planning and Building Services, Pakistan arranged a two-day training workshop on Water and Sanitation in a local hotel here in Chitral.  It was held under Water and Sanitation Extension Program (WASEP) and Kredietwstalt for Wadrafbaw  (KFW) funded by the Government of Germany through its development bank, 

 The purpose of the event was to provide training to the water and sanitation committee members, implementers and operators of the region regarding their responsibilities in the implementation of the schemes undertaken in their respective villages by WASEP-KFW program.  The participants were briefed about the social organization, engineering, health & hygiene and water quality components of the project. 27 community members participated in this training workshop to take home some knowledge and exposure to invest in the community projects.

 At the end of second day, a concluding ceremony was held to distribute certificates among the participants— men and women— representing various organizations of the area  Other than the participants, Public Health Department Engineers, President Regional Council and Station Director Radio Pakistan Chitral were present on the occasion. Regional Coordinator WASEP-KFW program in Chitral, Maqbool Hussain thanked the guests and participants for their presence in the training and the concluding function. He presented an overview of the WASEP activities in Pakistan and details of the KFW program. He also offered WASEP’s assistance to NGOs and government organizations. President of the Regional Council, and head of Professional Development Center of Aga Khan University Dr. Mir Afzal Tajik particularly emphasized upon participation of communities in such programs and urged the participants to motivate others to support community based projects. Engineer Zahirullah of Public Health Department showed commitment to work with AKPBSP in order to resolve the water and sanitation problems faced by the people of Chitra. At the culmination of the ceremony, Raja Safdar Khan Social Coordinator of WASEP-KFW program offered the closing remarks and distributed certificates among the participants.  The speakers highly hailed this workshop regarding sensitization about potable drinking water and sanitation system. They said that your wash room and kitchen must be well sophisticated and hygienically clean so as to save you from infectious diseases because 70% diseases spread due to contaminated water. The illuminate the fact that 75% of developmental schemes in remote regions  fail as community ownership and participation is either ignored or not mobilized.  The participants demanded the continuation of such workshops and trainings in order to build a mood among the community to support developmental schemes.