On June 10, 2018 WaterAid hosted the official launch of the WASH4UrbanPoor Project at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka. The launching event was graced by Ms. Roxana Quader, Additional Secretary of the Local Government Division, as Chief Guest. Her Excellency Charlotta Schlyter, the Ambassador of Embassy of Sweden and Engr Taqsem A Khan, Managing Director of Dhaka WASA were also present as Guest of Honour and Special Guest respectively.
The project, which will work to provide basic water, sanitation and hygiene support to the millions who reside in slums and low-income urban communities across the country, aims to reach out to 450,000 people with sustainable WASH services in slums, schools, health care centres and public places. The project also aims to promote pro-poor local WASH governance in some of the most marginalized areas of the country.
As part of a continued partnership between the Embassy of Sweden and WaterAid Bangladesh, the project will run till the year 2022, carrying out operations in three cities – Dhaka, Chattogram and Khulna, and three municipalities – Saidpur, Sakhipur and Paikgachha. SAJIDA Foundation is one of the core partners of this project to implement in Dhaka South City Corporation.