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Pakistan. Building Together.

Improving water, sanitation and jobs for the urban poor.

Just a few pounds could help us reduce water and sanitation related diseases by 30% in target areas.

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Your donation can do something brilliant

Lack of access to clean water has a debilitating effect on people's ability to live and work. With your support, this project could improve people's access to safe water and sanitation, and improve the livelihoods and income opportunities for the urban poor. We are aiming to empower communities to influence the decision that affect their lives, and hold local authorities accountable for addressing their needs. We will promote local and district prioritisation of communities' water and livelihoods needs, in particular of women and young people, into budgets and plans for urban development, in consultation with citizens' groups. 

What your money can buy


could train one person to understand their rights to clean water, sanitation and employment, so that they can push for their needs to be met.

could support one community member to join a citizens' group, giving them a voice to lobby for improvements in water and sanitation and to increase employment opportunities.

A bit of background

Oxfam has over forty years' experience working in Pakistan. The poorest communities in Pakistan's urban areas struggle with a lack of access to clean water, sanitation facilities and waste disposal. This is a major health concern leading to disease and malnutrition. Pakistan has the highest under-five mortality rate in the region, at 89 deaths per 1,000 live births. Around 53,000 children die each year from diarrhoea. 70 per cent of the urban population are accessing 'underground water', water from unreliable sources often contaminated with sewage or chemicals from faulty pipes. Women are also affected by their engagement in informal work, such as care work, which is unregulated and can put women at risk of exploitation and violence. With limited access to jobs and education, and therefore less income, women can also find accessing water and sanitation even more difficult.

How we're helping

Thanks to your support, we have already completed 30 community infrastructure schemes, including drainage systems, pavements and water tanks. Drinking water filtration and waste collection services have been installed, and we've seen a reduction in typhoid and malaria cases.

Now, we aim to reduce water and sanitation related diseases in the target areas by 30%. We will bring communities together to talk about issues they face, and the improvements they need, and connect them with local authorities to make sure their needs are included in action plans. We will run training on hygiene awareness and employment skills, making use of apps and mobile phones to connect people with employment opportunities. We will use a start up fund to bring about the provision of water and sanitation services, and contribute to start up businesses and strengthening employment opportunities.


Photo: Mariyam Nawaz/Oxfam

Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. ed.


Shahida lives in Dadu city with her husband and four children. Their living conditions were unsanitary and they were struggling to afford basic essentials like food and water on her husband's income alone. Shahida joined the women's citizens' group set up by Oxfam in her community, and was elected president. She successfully led the group to campaign for better water and sanitation facilities from the local authority and, so far, the community has benefited from waste collection and street cleaning services. Additionally, Oxfam supported the women to create a pooled community fund to support them in starting up new businesses. With money from the fund, and in response to the community's needs, Shahida opened a sewing centre to train young girls and she now earns around £100 per month. This income has had a huge impact on the life of Shahida and her family. "I never dreamt I would be able to achieve all this for my community and family."

For every £1 you donate, we will allocate 10p of your donation to cover general support and running costs. There is a small chance that we will raise more money than is needed for this project. If this happens, we'll spend any additional funds on other Oxfam projects - wherever the need is greatest.