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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
With more than three decades of experience, we are renowned as one of the largest Water, Sanitation and Hygiene providers in Afghanistan.
Through our interventions, we have helped establish more than 50,000 water points across 29 of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan providing millions of Afghans with safe drinking water.
A pioneer in the sector
We are one of the pioneering Water, Sanitation and Hygiene organisations in Afghanistan, not only for introducing new technologies and approaches but also through capacity building of this sector in the country.
We take Co-Lead in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Cluster, and we participate actively and regularly in Water Sector Group, Water Technical Working Group and Hygiene & Sanitation Technical Working Groups.
Taking part in these useful forums have put us in an advantageous position to lead the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector from the front and help shape how Water, Sanitation and Hygiene interventions are implemented in Afghanistan.
Life-saving emergency response
Our emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene response interventions are aimed at life-saving in the early stages of a crisis and target recent internally displaced persons and returning refugees, and communities affected by conflicts and natural disasters.
We maintain a robust emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene capacity in the form of fully equipped and readily deployable Emergency Response Teams, strategically located stockpiles of commodities and resource mobilisation capacity to launch rapid Water, Sanitation and Hygiene assessments and response in the majority of country’s crisis-ridden provinces. See map.
While delivering emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the early stages of a crisis can make the difference between life and death for many displaced Afghans, sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene solutions are as crucial in ensuring communities regain their dignity and resilience and embark on a journey of recovery and development.
As such the bulk of our programs are aimed at ensuring durable access to safe drinking water and sustainable hygiene and sanitation behavioural change.
Our approach enables communities to operate and maintain their water supply systems over the long run.
Our Water Inspection Teams continually tour the communities to monitor and help with the repairing non-functional water points in the villages..
Monitoring groundwater all over Afghanistan
In line with our responsibility as the leading Water, Sanitation and Hygiene implementing organisation in the country, we maintain a Groundwater Monitoring System with an extended and growing network of Monitoring Wells spread across the nation. With the help of these wells, we measure water table and physical parameters in various river basins, collecting, analysing and mapping the data from these measurements and tests with the help of a specialised Integrated Water Resources Data Management System.
We make results available to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector to help improve planning and implementation of water supply programs in the country.
Training, research, support and water testing
Similarly, we run a Water Expertise and Training Centre that helps build the capacity of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene implementers through conducting regular technical training workshops and action research and providing hands-on technical support to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene partners.
Our Water Quality Testing Laboratory is one of its kind and provides Water, Sanitation and Hygiene implementing agencies and the private sector with much-needed water quality testing services.