Caritas Pakistan organized an orientation meeting for the Project on “WASH initiatives in remote areas of Pakistan” on Jan. 29-30, 2021 at the National Secretariat, Lahore.
The meeting held at Cardinal Coutts Conference Hall aimed to orient the project team about project guidelines, roles, responsibilities, and enhance their coordination and communication with National Secretariat. The participants included executive director, seven diocesan executive secretaries along with national secretariat staff and field teams from all the seven diocese of Pakistan.
The staff of diocesan units in Karachi, Hyderabad and Quetta joined via due to travel restrictions during the pandemic.
Mr. Amer Anwer (National Coordinator) detailed overview on staff roles during the project timeframe, village selection criteria, social mobilization at field level, project guidelines and implementation strategies. “Our main focus would be on beneficiary’s selection and data collection during the first quarter,” he said.
The session also focused on reporting and coordination mechanism based on the formats of “Vastenactie” (funding partner). Mr. Imran Younas (Finance Manager) shared the project budget guidelines and fund requests procedures. A half day training was also provided to staff on “COVID-19 & WASH.”
In his concluding remarks, Mr. Amjad Gulzar (Executive Director) thanked the participants and Vastenactie for their contribution towards the project.
“The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance and preventive power of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to human health and well-being. Good hygiene, including hand washing with clean water, is the first line of defense against COVID-19 and other viral diseases,” he said.