KARACHI: A United Nations Development Program (UNDP) project, funded by Japan, would help pump out flood water and clean up villages in Sindh.
UNDP administrator Helen Clark visited Khairpur Nathan Shah and Bagho Teweno villages in Dadu and met female heads of households to give them ownership certificates for their new homes. The new houses have solar lanterns and solar water heaters while the communal areas are also lit by solar streetlights.
They were built by local communities through cash-for-work schemes. “It is important to continue to support Pakistan’s recovery since much is left to be done,” said Clark.
“This house is spacious and well built. It will last us many years,” said Shama Bibi, a mother of five and a proud new home owner.
Seven million people were affected by the 2010 floods in Sindh alone.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 21st, 2011.