IHSAN is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation registered in Washington DC, USA. This organisation is actively encouraging industry, academia and individuals to form a global force for good that will empower disadvantaged communities worldwide.
In particular, IHSAN is focusing on the world’s single largest cause of illness: the basic lack of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene. This problem is, of course, most acute in disadvantaged communities, yet with sufficient resources and education it is preventable. Therefore, IHSAN’s mission is to increase the availability of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and hygiene. As importantly, it will also deliver related education through sustainable development projects, technology and knowledge-sharing.
Today, IHSAN has hundreds of individual members committed to the goal of clean water for all (www.ihsan-h20.org). Dragon Oil has volunteered to spearhead this important initiative and to act as main member and sponsor for the IHSAN Consortium.
The IHSAN Consortium
In order to mobilise the industry and to undertake practical measures, IHSAN has created a consortium of industry participants who have a keen interest in water and sanitation projects. Through this consortium, IHSAN is creating an effective international network that facilitates its members’ effective support and development of clean water initiatives at the local level that might otherwise go unmet.
As part of our commitment to the IHSAN Consortium and our CSR objectives, Dragon Oil completed a new US$3 million 1,500m3/day capacity desalination plant for the local community where we operate in Hazar, Turkmenistan. From this plant, a large and stable volume of potable water is being supplied to the local community benefiting local residents, a substantial number of whom are employed by Dragon Oil.
Importantly, we are also widening the scope of our community activities into areas where we do not currently do business. One of the projects we have completed in Iraq is the refurbishment of sanitary facilities at three secondary schools for girls in the Basra City, Iraq.