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04/18/2019

Unexpected Snowfall Delays Progress

 JEN is currently providing WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) project aid to over 2300 households located in 28 regions of the world. The weather conditions in these regions this year are vastly different from before. The length of the snow season and the intensity of each snow storm from 2018 to 2019 have exceeded records from previous years. Because of this, our water supply plans and hygiene facility reconstruction plans have been greatly setback.

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    In some of the villages, roads and trails became inaccessible due to the snow, as they became thin, slippery, and damaged overall. Access by car has become very dangerous due to the unfavorable road conditions, and as a result, many local JEN staff members walked to visit project participants and villages in the area, and walked to collect water samples as well. When the snowfall becomes too intense, the staff members have no other choice but to delay site visits.

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    These conditions make it difficult to move on with the project, and therefore, although the project feels rewarding (even though it is difficult to conduct), the amount of work that has to be done after winter passes keeps increasing. However, one good thing has been that we have been given an extension to complete the project, thanks to JEN’s understanding of our situation. Additionally, after a thorough discussion with all of the local staff, we were able to sign contracts with 3 contractors for our water source reconstruction plans.

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     The water source reconstruction plans have always been completed by the work of 3 contractors, each contractor doing a separate task. One contractor focuses solely on the reconstruction of the toilets. After that contractor is finished with their task, the plans are passed on to another contractor. The objective behind this approach is to maximize reconstruction efforts in the shortest amount of time. As of now, we predict that the reconstruction operations will be finished either in June or July of 2019, after Eid al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan, and takes place on June 5th to June 7th).

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      Additionally, the procurement of sanitation kits is in its final stages. The distribution of these kits will begin in a few weeks, and the local staff members are currently looking for a storage unit to store the kits and a security guard to ensure the safety of the kits until the time of distribution arrives. We hope to complete all of the projects we have planned without any further delays or setbacks.

April 18, 2019 in Pakistan |