Provision of Clean Water :
Clean, safe water is the most essential need of life, yet millions of people do not have this basic human right.
Birre Sakina Water Well, India
1. India: One of the first projects undertaken by the Trust was the construction of bore-holes in remote Indian villages. These wells have been named ‘Birre Sakina’, and to date nearly 75 have been completed in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, allowing a consistent supply of clean water, 24 hours a day.
Hand water pump, Afghanistan
2. Afghanistan: With only 13% of the country with access to clean water, this continues to be one of the hardest challenges faced in Afghanistan. Water networks, tube wells, and hand water pumps are the current projects which the Trust is working on. The provision of water irrigation channels would generate crops which can be sold for income, food for the families as well as water for their livestock.
Hand water pumps are also desperately needed. The poor women and children would no longer have to walk for hours to get water; the number of children suffering from common water borne diseases would be reduced and the general hygiene of the families would improve. £600 could provide clean water for 6,000 people. It would only cost £2 to provide clean and safe water for 1 family and 10p for 1 person.
Water Tank Project, Iraq
3. Iraq: The Trust implemented the ‘water tank project’ in Basra, whereby tanks, hosing and an initial fill up of fresh water (2000 liters) is installed. Families can therefore not only access clean water, but also sell the water to the inhabitants of their neighborhood thereby earning an income as well as providing an invaluable service.
Last year the Trust launched an appeal to provide safe, clean drinking water to needy families in Karbala, where cholera was at risk of rising to epidemic levels.
The best way to deal with an outbreak involves individual households disinfecting their drinking water by adding sterilization tablets. However, many people are struggling to survive and are unable to purchase these tablets which cost just £3 for100 sterilisation tablets. A total of 20,000 families residing in Karbala, Najaf, Kut and Basrah benefited from this project.