Water is one of the fundamental elements responsible for life on earth; yet it remains out of reach of billions around the globe. It affects every continent and more than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. While considering the province of Sindh in Pakistan, besides being one of the disadvantaged communities when it comes to literacy and morbidity rate in addition, it happens to be one of the places where water is chronically short besides being dirty and contaminated. Women of these remote areas travel 5-6 km far from their village to fetch water. However, water wells are set-up 250 ft deep from which both animals and humans drink water.
HOPE- an NGO in Pakistan has been helping the needy to obtain clean drinking water under the leadership of Dr Mubina Agboatwalla- child specialist in Karachi. Hand pumps have been installed in many remote villages where there is shortage of safe drinking water.
Recently, Ms Mehmooda Adil Agboatwalla, a philanthropist, visited Ramzan Goth and Gul Hassan Goth to oversee the installed hand pumps and observe the impact it has made on the residents’ lives. These villages have been previously completely devoid of water. Women carry water on their heads in laden cans, pitchers and even drums full of water, from prolonged distances.
She was overjoyed to see the installed hand pumps being extremely beneficial to the village community. She talked with the locals who highlighted how the hand pump had saved them from travelling to areas. The easy water accessibility has reduced the workload on them to fetch water from distant places. Many residents hailed the hand pumps to be a great blessing for them. During the visit, she also distributed briyani packets among the residents of both villages.