Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Sungi’s water and sanitation interventions for communities particularly women entails facilitation of the community’s analysis of their water and sanitation profile, their practices of water usage and defecation and their consequences, leading to collective action to become water sufficient and Open Defecation Free (ODF). Women tend to be the major contributor in terms of meeting water needs both for drinking purposes and other essential domestic services within the households. It is evident that women, in both rural and semi-urban areas, having no access to piped water, spend major proportion of their time to walk for hours to fetch water. Through number of project interventions, Sungi has been working to improve the access to water by rehabilitating and providing water supply schemes, and installation of hand pumps. Further, protection and maintenance of drinking water sources, improvement of latrine design, adoption and improved hygienic practices, solid waste management, waste water disposal and other environmental measures.


Sungi’s effort to transform water and sanitation practices is to ignite a change in behaviors through a process of social mobilization that is stimulated by provision and improvement of services and facilities. Awareness building, lobbying, advocacy at the local level and community linkages with the service providers through referral mechanisms, campaigning through community engagement and public assemblies with the duty bearers are the major strategies that have been employed in this regard.

Under the local level governance of water for farming, SDF has closely worked with the communities in effective water distribution, efficient irrigation practices, maintenance of water courses, building/maintaining water reservoirs and multiple use of water. A significant proportion of SDF under this component has been during the rehabilitation after earthquake.

Previous Projects

Sungi Integrated Development Programs I-II-III
Funded by Oxfam Novib of USD 2,605,109 from 2000 to 2012 in 4 districts of Hazara and one district of AJK. (More than 50% funds from these programs were spent on “women and water”.
Partnership for Recovery and Development of Allai (PRDA)
Funded by Save the Children-USA of USD 3,359,074 from 2007 to 2011 in 18 villages.
Rehabilitation and construction project
Funded by Save the Children-WATSAN of USD 895,103 from 2008 to 2010 in Mansehra.
Sustainable Livelihood Rehabilitation Project (SLRP)
Funded by Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF) Recon of USD 1,238,861 from 2008 to 2012.
Rehabilitation of Water and sanitation services in earthquake Areas
Funded by Norwegian Church Aid - Rehabilitation of Water and Sanitation Services of USD 300,275 from 2009 to 2010.
Sustainable Livelihood Rehabilitation
Project funded by Norwegian Church Aid of USD 342,805 from 2010 to 2011.
Assistance to Conflict Affected Families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Funded by Norwegian Church Aid of USD 220,306 from 2011 to 2012 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Ongoing Projects

No Project