This project is to raise the final funding needed to print & distribute 500 copies of Hesperian's "A Community Guide to Environmental Health" in Urdu. This book will give villagers methods/techniques to improve their environment & general health. The translating NGO is Swat Youth Front (SYF), an independent youth organization working for poverty reduction, illiteracy, unemployment, women empowerment, disaster relief and peace in Malakand Region, KPK, Pakistan (Swat District) since 1997.
Swat District, a backward area, faces many environmental health issues-- contaminated water, poor sanitation, improper solid waste management, air pollution, deforestation, improper use of pesticides and toxic chemicals. There is a lack of awareness of proper environmental practices and no current regulations or standards to curb environmental health risks and hazards. The Swat District has experienced extensive violence that has damaged water/sanitation/health systems, agriculture and houses.
Hesperian's "A Community Guide to Environmental Health" in Urdu will give the people of Swat methods/techniques to improve community environmental health & thus their general health. This book will empower health workers, educators, activists, community leaders, NGOs & ordinary people to improve their communities' environment. SYF will distribute 500 books to community/health leaders in Swat towns including IDP camps, who will brief villagers on the use of the book & give them copies.
1) Capacity building that will mobilize communities to improve their environmental health.
2) Mitigating the effects of climate change and moving towards more environmentally sustainable practices.
3) Empower local communities to help themselves.