Eleven per cent of the global population—783 million people—remains without access to a source of clean drinking water and, at the current pace of world attention to this problem, 605 million people will still lack coverage in 2015. More than 3.4 million people die each year from water-born diseases. Nearly all deaths (99 percent) occur in the developing world and south East Asia is one of the largely affected regions, where same polluted water ponds are shared by humans, livestock, and animals. As per World Bank Report Pakistan is now among the 17 countries that are currently facing water shortage. In Pakistan overall 44 per cent of the population lacks access to safe drinking water, while in rural areas 90 per cent of the population lacks such access. It is estimated that about 200,000 children in Pakistan die every year of diarrheal diseases alone, according to a report of Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR). It is appropriate to mention here that the major source of drinking water in Pakistan is groundwater. With 90 per cent population in rural area lacking safe drinking water, RRAI recognized this problem and started a project to install hand water pumps in the remote villages of Pakistan.
Phase I of this project was started in January 2013 with a goal of 100 water pumps in six months. RRAI was able to raise enough money through donations to almost meet the set goal by installing ninety one (91) water pumps in various district of Punjab including Bahawalnagar, Faisalabad, Jhang and Lahore at an average cost of $150 (Pakistani Rupees 15,000) per pump.
Phase II of this project was started in July 2013 again with a goal of installing 100 water pumps by the end of year 2013. This time with the help of generous donors we were able to exceed the goal and completed installation of 109 water pumps. During Phase II we installed pumps in different districts of Punjab and Sindh. Due to higher cost of installation in Sindh the average cost per pump was $175 (Pakistani Rupees 17,500).
Phase III of this project was started in January 2014. In Phase III, our goal was to install 100 water pumps by the end of 2014 year, while expanding the project into other provinces of Pakistan besides Punjab and Sindh and also introducing motorized pumps with water storage facilities for larger rural communities where needed. We have achieved this goal and completed the installment of 100 water pumps and one motorized pump with a storage tank that serves a village near Abbottabad in Pakistan. This was made possible by teamwork of willing volunteers in Pakistan and willingness by both local Pakistani and international donors to sponsor more water pumps.
Phase IV started in January 2015 has been completed by meeting the target of installing 100 more hand water pumps in remote villages of Punjab and Sindh states of Pakistan.
Phase V Started in August 2015 and has been completed by meeting the target of installing 100 more hand water pumps in remote villages of Punjab and Sindh states of Pakistan.
Phase VI (Ongoing) For Phase 6 we have again set a goal of installing 100 more hand water pumps by the end of 2016 in the remote villages of Punjab and Sindh states of Pakistan and are looking forward to receiving generous donation from our contributors to accomplish this goal.
During Phase VI we are also supporting large scale water supply projects for whole villages near Abbottabad, Pakistan. This project in collaboration with Pravalli Welfare Trust of Pakistan uses a large motorized pump to fill a water tank built in the center of village. Otherwise, these villages need to walk miles in hilly areas to fetch water from natural springs.
At present, the average cost for installing a water pumps varies from $225 to $300 (Pakistani Rupees 22,500 – 30,000) depending upon the ground water level and accessibility. In some remote areas of Sind (Thar Desert) cost runs up to $600 per pump. RRAI offers the donors an option of getting their or their loved ones name posted on the pump for Sadaqa-e-Jariyah (ongoing charity). In order to achieve PHASE IV goal, the RRAI is appealing individuals interested in earning Sadaqa-e-Jariyah to become a part of this project and mail your USA TAX-DEDUCTABLE contributions to:
RELIEF AND REHAB ASIA INC.
9454 ELLSWORTH COURT
FULTON, MD 20759.