Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
About Aiming Change for Tomorrow (ACT) International
Aiming Change for Tomorrow (ACT) primarily empowers down trodden communities of proactive citizens engaged in self-development with the support of and working together with, government institutions and the rest of civil society. Established in March 2012, ACT is an ends-oriented, information-intensive and knowledge-based organization that strives to make consistent efforts to create a new relationship between the citizen (esp. children, youth, women) and the state, based on shared rights and responsibilities. Social protection, women empowerment, youth engagement and advocacy at policy and implementation levels has been its core programme agenda. The vision of ACT is ‘a tomorrow where everyone has opportunities to prosper’.
ACT Contribution in WASH
ACT International believes in sustainable initiatives for environment protection, improvement of water, sanitation and hygiene conditions. ACT considers environment the most significant part of the human life and being a right based organization reckons ensuring an ideal environment as right of every individual for access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation and hygiene. Organization regards advocacy on WASH as its prime responsibility. In year 2013 ACT in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders organized a spectacular festival on the subject of environment (4S Festival with a theme of Save Environment, Save Planet, Save Life, Save Future) at the capital city of Muzaffarabad AJK. The organization worked on a model “Environment for sustainability” project and advocated provincial and federal education departments for the inclusion of “protection of earth” as a subject in early grades. Furthermore, ACT worked on a project named “Hygienic promotion” catered by AJK youth for creating health improvements and betterment in the locality. In the province of Balochistan, the organization kicked off a project named “Elimination of population” for creating a better environment. In the continuation, Clean as you go was a youth initiative in Islamabad for creating a healthy and clean environment by creating awareness amongst the individual level by practicing it by themselves and visiting public places and making people practicing it. Another ACT flagship project was “Temporarily Displaced Persons Emergency Recovery Project” in collaboration with Government of Pakistan and The World Bank Group in newly merged districts of KP (formerly known as federally administered tribal areas FATA). This project was prolonged from 2016 to 2019, in which 372,000 families availed livelihood support grant and 450,000 benefited from child wellness grant. In this program 418,000 children below 2 years have been vaccinated and 60,256 malnourished children were referred to the rehabilitation facilities. To mitigate health hazards in future, the TDPs were educated enough to adopt WASH practices in order to achieve healthy life style. Recently, for the first time in the history of Pakistan, we have successfully embedded theme of environment with particular focus on “saving earth” in early childhood education and the concepts were incorporated in newly developed SINGLE NATIONAL CURRICULUM (SNC). The particular subjects where the environment protection related themes are incorporated; science, English, urdu, and geography.