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Water Projects in Sindh

For quite a long time, the province of Sindh has battled with intense water shortages and loss of land because of soil erosion. For a country that contains various mighty and small rivers, it is unfortunate that a fundamental need of life cannot be gotten by the entirety of its residents. There are several reasons for current was crises in Sindh (particularly Rural). It’s mismanagement and irregular distribution of water, expansion in unlawful fish farms and large-scale irrigation along the Indus. Furthermore, the mangroves that once shielded the waterfront belt from sea interruption have been obliterated because of expanded saltiness in the water, alongside urbanization and industrialization. In spite of a few replantation drives directed in the course of recent many years, there has been an incredible loss of land, especially in the spaces between Keti Bandar and Shah Bandar.

Some have cautioned of a demolishing circumstance soon, foreseeing large scale climate-based migration. The truth of environmental change can't be denied as it threatens the lives and livelihoods. As of now, the region has endured significantly and seen both punishing floods and harsh droughts.

Access to water is recognized by the United Nations as basic human rights. According to UN’s website, ‘the right to water entitles everyone to have access to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use.’ Ansar Burney Trust International (ABTI) has been working since 1985, to provide drinking water to underprivileged and poor people of (rural) Sind, particularly in Tharparkar. ABTI in collaboration with the local community surveys the place with possibility of drinkable water in a vicinity which benefits more than 300-500 people in a day. In the yesteryears most of our projects entailed water wells, hand pumps and small to large scale water pumps. However, with each passing year as water levels went down challenges of dry wells or bitter water in pumps was faced. And due to no electricity in most of the areas, large scale pumps ran with electrical generators which contributed in air and sound pollution. Hence to reduce carbon foot print and have a sustainable model all are new projects are based on Solar Energy. This has also been beneficial to access water from deeper lengths and benefit more than 500 people in a day.

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