In the district of Tharparker, located southeast of Sindh, Pakistan, more than 90% of the population lives in rural villages without access to clean water. The district has 200 rural villages with Muslims constitute making up almost 59% of the population; Hindus constitute makeup 41%.
The people of this regional district live below the poverty line and face obstacles in living their daily lives. With a lack of healthcare and concerns of evergrowing epidemics like diarrhea and measles increasing daily, the population faces a number of challenges when it comes to health and livelihood. Food and water shortages are of utmost importance and require the most immediate attention. Clean and accessible water is essential to prevent the increase and spread of disease. According to the United Nations, water scarcity, poor water quality, and inadequate sanitation negatively impacts food security, livelihood choices, and educational opportunities for millions globally.
Since 2011, more than 2,000 children under the age of 5-years-old have died of malnutrition and certain waterborne diseases- access to clean water can ensure a crisis like this does not occur again.
When we visited the villages in Tharparkar we were shocked by the standard of living of the people there, all the areas we visited lacked some basic necessities including but not limited to lack of water. The village of Dhanoro, Bachal Paro was the first village we visited- this village is inhabited by 25 families with over 130 people living in the area. The community was not shy to voice their concerns and lacked basic housing facilities in addition to clean water. The other villages had similar concerns including Goga Veri, Naro Mohla, home to 40 families with over 180 people living in the area and Meehari Bheel, Mohla Paro with 20 families and over 100 people living in the area. Without clean drinking water, villagers live in harsh conditions and children suffer from both malnutrition and water-borne diseases; the nearest hospital is miles away from the villages.
During our trip, we came across a village that had a water plant that was powered through a solar pump. This inspired us, we used this water plant as a model for ours and to understand what requirements and materials would be needed to run our plant and provide residents of the villages with sanitary water. Access to clean water is a necessity and Thaakat Foundation plans to help provide individuals with it.
Project’s foundation is laid, boring of the area is started
Solar Panels installed by the end of the month.
Well is functional