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AlertNet is featuring some material from various members and contributors to mark World Toilet Day on October 19. This blog post and video were provided by Oxfam Canada.
In January 2011, Oxfam started work on its water, sanitation and hygiene program in the villages across rural Pakistan.
In the Shikapur district of Sindh, through local NGO (nongovernmental organisation) partner PDI (Participatory Development Initiative), Oxfam had identified 92 villages to work in.
Together they worked to install 244 emergency latrines, at a cost of just 2,000 rupees each ($22.80). They also distributed winter kits to 6,200 families in the 92 villages.
Alongside Oxfam's hygiene and sanitation work, cash for work programs have also been introduced to the villages they have been working in.
Cash for Work gives communities a chance to earn some money while working to rehabilitate their villages and homes. The program has been very successful in Shikapur with thousands of families benefiting.
In the past year, Oxfam and our partners have helped 2.4 million people affected by the Pakistan floods.