The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that over 2 billion people live in water stressed countries which is expected to worsen due to population growth and climate change. UNICEF further adds that three billion people do not have access to handwashing facilities with soap and 673 million people still practice open defecation, i.e. lack of access to toilets.
WASH have its most impact on children and statistics suggest that over 700 children under age 5 die every day of diarrhoeal diseases due to lack of appropriate WASH services. In areas of conflict, children are nearly 20 times more likely to die from diarrhoeal disease than from the conflict itself.
A lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation is the second largest cause of death worldwide and over half a million children die every year from waterborne diseases. Although both are essential to surviving and are basic human rights, more than 700 million people do not have access to clean drinking water and over 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. Under WASH programme, Being Humanitarian runs a number of development projects.
Water hand pumps are simple and small gifts, empowering vulnerable women and children by giving them dignity in accessing water. Particularly women and children spend many hours fetching water from nearby sources, sometimes walking up to 2-3 kilometres in search of drinking water. As a result, many children are unable to go to school as they spend their morning hours fetching water.
With this project, shallow water hand pumps are installed to lift the underground water. We target the most vulnerable communities who do not have easy access to clean water in the rural areas.
Being Humanitarian developed community water wells to help communities transform the way they live by giving them access to clean water. The project begins with identifying areas or region in need and then installing the water well. This project was designed for the people living in areas of deep water in Pakistani districts of Tharparkar, Khairpur, Malir, Lasbela and Khuzdar where the Humanitarian Development Index (HDI) is also one of the lowest in the world.
These community water wells are manually dug and built with a proper framework including brick layering internally, a raised RCC platform covered from each side to support the walls, and a proper drainage for wastewater.
Increasing population in Bangladesh and Pakistan has created severe water crisis. Water quality and population density are closely linked; the higher the population density, the higher the pollution. It is estimated that nearly 40% of deaths on a daily basis are due to contaminated water.
This project was designed to install electric water filtration and cooler units in schools, hospitals, and common places in urban areas of Pakistan and Bangladesh. We believe that access to safe drinking water not only transforms lives but also creates a huge impact on the health of children.
Being Humanitarian installed solar water pumping stations in different part of Pakistan particularly in areas where the water table is very low, deep or the quality of water is not good enough to drink. We installed RO (reverse osmosis) plant along with these pumping stations to purify the water.