Star Impact Awards 2014 runner up category for WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) in Asia-Pacific has been awarded to Integrated Regional Support Programme (IRSP), an NGO improving WASH access and education in the most remote regions of Pakistan. The award was handed to Sayed Shah Nasir Khisro, Executive Director of IRSP by former US President Bill Clinton in London on December 13.

IRSP works to empower and bring development to local communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and Southern Punjab. It acts as a WASH resource centre and the leading agency in the implementation of two innovative approaches to hygiene and sanitation in Pakistan: Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).

“The Stars Impact Awards recognises and rewards outstanding local organisations that are improving the lives of children in the countries with highest rates of under-five mortality,” the organisation said in a press release. As part of the prize package, IRSP will receive US$50,000 of unrestricted funding, US$10,000 in tailored consultancy and a package of media support.

“Every day, these winners prove the power and potential of local responses to global challenges. I am inspired by their work and look forward to seeing the enormous impact they will surely achieve in the future,” said Clinton.

Since 2007, the Impact Awards has recognised local civil society organisations in 30 countries, reaching out to more than four million people. This year, Stars is awarding 18 organisations from countries ranging from Brazil to Zimbabwe for their work with disadvantaged children.

* IRSP is a member of FANSA in Pakistan. We wish IRSP a big congratulations and continuity of its internationally acclaimed works in the days to come.

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