Promotion Environmental Health Initiative
Inadequate safe water with sanitation facilities is one of major problem of Bangladesh. Khulna, the third largest city of Bangladesh having around 600 slums of more than 1 lakh urban poor populations of which only 40%-45% of the people are under water and sanitation coverage.
NABOLOK has been working in Khulna City Corporation for last 9 years on Wash .At present implementing the Promoting Environmental Health for the Urban Poor (PEHUP) Project with the assistance of Water Aid, Bangaldesh started from November 2011. The target of the project is to contribute to the national goal and SDG related to environmental health and improve human well being and dignity of urban poor through ensuring access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and adoption of desired hygiene practices in 66 slums considering 30440 populations under Khulna City Corporation area.
Community People’s Involvement in the Development
Nabolok formed some community based groups to ensure the sustainable participatory development considering sustainability in community managed process
that are CBO, Committee/Working Committee, Female Group, Adolescent Group, Mother’s Group, City Citizen Action Committees (CCAC), Ward Citizen Action Committee (WCAC), Ward Sanitation taskforce Committee (WSTF) with 12001 community people.
Capacity Development, Advocacy and awareness
Nabolok has formed 66 Working group with Community Action Plan named Sastho o Poribesh Unnoyon Committee to execute the WASH activities. To disseminate hygiene message and Nabolok performs awareness activities like folksong. Different orientation and training sessions have been organized to aware people on WASH issues. Nabolok organized different training & orientation program like religious leader orientation, food vendor training, mason man training, Water safety Plan (WSP) orientation to old slum, orientation on solid waste management system, SMC orientation, CBO orientation on HP, CBO training on leadership & fund management, user orientation of water and latrine facilities, caretaker training, MHM orientation for adolescent and a total of 5673 target beneficiaries participated in these events.
To ensure the access to the water 43 tube well platforms have been constructed and renovated. Beside this water point with bathing places were also renovated and upgraded at the community level. This year around 4868 poor people have been taken under access to water which is the 97% of yearly targeted population.
Under Sanitation activities more than 62 Community managed toilet have been constructed or renovated for around 5908 people. These community toilet has been established with a community managed maintenance system. Most of the toilet constructed for the support of poor slum people using poor sanitation system. All sanitation option have been constructed considering the issue of disable friendly and MHN.
To ensure environment friendly sanitation practices Nabolok has formed 4 Decentralization of Waste Water Treatment System (DEWATS) at People’s Patchtala Colony that ensure access of 672 populations to sanitation This plant treats waste water to the extent that can be easily used in agro based purpose. Four building wise separate committee formed has been for existing 4 building with the participation of those buildings.