Muslim Aid initiates efforts for provisions of portable water in Pakistan

LONDON: Muslim Aid an International Charity has started its efforts to provide pure drinking water to people living in rural areas of Pakistan as about 200,000 children in Pakistan die every year of diarrheal diseases alone.
An estimated 44% of population has no access to safe drinking water and up to 90% of population even lacks such access in rural areas, while decrease in quantity, the quality of water is also deteriorating badly and the reason is unplanned natural and manmade disasters are also contributory factors to this, said Syed Sharafud din , chief Executive Officer, Tanzeem Wasti, Trustee and Muhamam d Walayat Khokhar while addressing a joint press conference.
Under its programme, “Clean water for School Children in Pakistan” Muslim Aid is choosing clean water for school children, as children are the future of Pakistan and their welfare is a top priority for the Governor and the Chief Minister of Punjab and Muslim Aid.
Muslim Aid has plan to ensure the provision of pure drinking water to 100,000 school children, Tanzeem Wasti told press conference.
He said that Governor of Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar during the inauguration ceremony of installation of 2 water purification plants in Faislabad acknowledged the services of Muslim Aid by declaring it one of the most credible NGO of Great Britain which is working across the globe without discrimination of race or religion.
“Governor Punjab said that Muslim Aid is working without any discrimination of cast, colour, religion or creed”, Wasit said.
He said that due to current energy crisis it was decided to put the water purification plants on solar energy and Muslim Aid will fully support this project and make the “Adopt a District” project of Governor Punjab a success. Muslim Aid will shortly install solar energy water filtration plants in its adopte district Faisalabad, adopted under the Governors plan.
He said that two water purification plants were send to Faisalabad out of which one was installed at Distirct Headquarter Hospital and the seond one was installed at Anjuman e Islam Apna Ghar project. These two plants are purifying 10000 and 5000 liters of water daily respectively, he added.
Muslim Aid also supports his initiative “Clean Water – Save a Child” which aims to provide clean drinking water to approximately 100,000 school children in the 1st phase.
He said that during his meeting with the Governor, Country Director of Muslim Aid Pakistan said that the Muslim Aid will provide a platform for various local and foreign NGOs to share best practices and harmonize their efforts for development in the Province of Punjab, wasti said, adding that it will sensitize participants about the need for provision of clean and safe drinking water in Pakistan and encourage and motivate participants to focus their energies and resources towards the provision of clean and safe drinking water in schools and other public places in Pakistan;
He said that the Muslim Aid establish and promote philanthropy as a sustainable mechanism for achieving development goals and identify avenues for collaboration between local and foreign NGOs on this issue. Explore efficient, cost-effective and sustainable technological solutions to the problem, he said.
Muslim Aid was asked for the same with 13 units installation; and out of 13 we have already installed 2 from donor funding in Faisalabad, he said, adding that the cost of one solar filtration plant unit is around 2 million, but the government has negotiated a special deal for 1st 100 units of 50% discount.
Muslim Aid Pakistan has also installed 603 afi-dry hand pumps under its CLTS (Community -Led Total Sanitation) camping in district Mianwali, Bhakkar and Khushab during 2011, Under its Model Villages Project, Muslim Aid Pakistan has installed 16 hand pumps at MV Mianwali, 37 at MV Jampur, 10 hand pumps at MV Charssadah and 17 at MV Daddu. InshallAllah we hope this will help thousands of children in the different regions, he said, adding that the clean Water projects will be a great solution to the marginalized communities, which are severely deprived and suffering from water boned diseases including Gastro, Hepatitis and other fatal diseases speedily being spread in Pakistan.