Water and Sanitation

Community participation in the development of infrastructure is critical to poverty alleviation and improvement in the quality of life. Most rural communities do not have access to safe drinking water and waste disposal systems. This absence of hygiene, sanitation and clean drinking water contributes to diseases that range from gastro-intestinal infections to hepatitis and tuberculoses. Increase in population, decrease in natural resources and poor education and health services all combine to enhance the negative impact of the absence of physical infrastructure that is necessary to arrest the overall degradation of the environment.

Lack of water is a major constraint to economic development in Sindh. However, there is a wealth of ingenuity and expertise in using this scarce resource efficiently. Poor hygiene practices and access to latrines also increases risk of disease. SCOPE supports rural communities to build and improve physical infrastructure for conservation of water and improvement in sanitation through indigenous local knowledge that has been neglected or forgotten by people. Since water and sanitation is a critical need for the people of these areas, water conservation and improve sanitation is the main priority of SCOPE programme. SCOPE is helping communities to manage water resources, improving peoples' health and livelihoods through its water and sanitation programme. Currently SCOPE is working on developing physical infrastructure such as new wells, repair of wells, hand pumps, household water tanks, farm water tanks and rain water harvesting ponds, wind mills, water reservoirs, mini Dames, community level bio sand water filer exclusively for drinking proposes. SCOPE constructing low cost latrines with the consultation of local communities and providing basic hygiene training in project areas.