On March 22nd, Action Against Hunger's team in Pakistan was full of zeal and enthusiasm in celebrating World Water Day. Across the country, we participated in engaging, educational activities with local residents and emphasized this year's World Water Day theme, the connection between water and energy. Here are some highlights from several locations:
Tando Mohammad Khan (TMK) & Badin, Sindh Province
Our field team organized two day-long events, one in TMK and one in Badin, drawing more than 2,200 participants from 16 villages. Using a combination of educational presentations, awareness-raising walks, street theater and entertaining cultural dance performances, they were able to successfully convey key messages on the importance of consuming clean and safe drinking water to prevent waterborne diseases like diarrhea, dysentery and cholera.
Dadu District, Sindh Province
In Dadu, our field team celebrated with more than 270 children and adults from the community, ensuring the support of the District Education Department as well as strong participation from community-based organizations and local teachers. During the event, children took part in a quiz competition and played different games. The day ended with an awareness-raising walk around the village; women and men held banners and placards with different key messages while the kids chanted slogans on the importance of clean water.
Peshawar, Nowshera & Kohat Districts, KP Province
In Peshawar, Nowshera and Kohat, our teams held separate events for men and women in four different villages. They reached out to more than 1,300 men, women and children, spreading the message of the importance of water and World Water Day through debate and quiz competitions, skit performances, demonstrations on water treatments at the household level, and awareness-raising walks around the village. Our nutrition and food security and livelihoods teams also participated in the celebrations, sharing facts on waterborne diseases and their impact on health.
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Across Pakistan, the tone of our events was happy and informative, engaging and educational. Thanks to our field teams for helping reach more than 3,700 people in our areas of intervention to spread the word about water's importance on World Water Day!