We operate in the districts of Jamshoro and Dadu with development and production licences in the Bhit and Badhra fields, in the Khairpur Mir’s district with development and production licence in the Tajjal (Kadanwari) field and in several remote coastal areas, where there were numerous shortcomings with the concessions when we arrived. In three years, we have built various agricultural and domestic use facilities. In particular, we supplied the local community with 11 solar powered water supply scheme, 11 hand pumps and two reverse osmosis plants in the Kadanwari area, meeting the needs of around 600 people. In addition, with the use of tanks, we guaranteed access to drinking water for around 2,500 people belonging to local communities. In the areas of Bhit, Badhra, Kadanwari and coastal areas we built and supplied 34 water tanks, 12 basins, dug 60 wells, 8 channels, 3 tubular wells, 247 hand pumps and 2 boreholes, from which 2,000 people benefit today. Finally, we installed solar panel systems in the Community Health center (CHC) and in a local school.
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Impact on the environment and communities
Since the areas of the Bhit and Badhra concession are among the driest in Pakistan, the project has significantly improved the daily life of the local community. Most families previously had enormous difficulties in accessing adequate and safe water resources. During monsoon season, the area gets a short period of rainfall, but since the soil is compact, the water flows quickly into natural drains and then runs into Lake Manchar. With its own traditional techniques, the local population was able to collect part of the rainwater, but it was difficult to guarantee access to safe and clean water because it was also used for providing livestock with water. Those who suffered most were the women who, in addition to drinking contaminated water, were responsible for collecting water from distant sources. To do this, they leave home at dawn returning late in the afternoon.
The population of the Nara desert also live in a hostile environment, dotted with sand dunes that are liable to quickly shift, preventing people and animals from having any point of reference for their position. In another part of the territory there is only sparse vegetation due to the lack of rainfall. Before the start of the project, irrigation systems and agricultural activities were limited and people had to travel between 2 and 5 kilometres a day on foot to get water, assisted only by animals and small carts. To reach the mainly brackish underground supplies of water, the local community had to dig deep wells of around 30-150 metres and then cover them with mud or bricks, cement and concrete and then, since the extracted water was salty, it was mainly used for animals and other domestic uses.
We are implementing the project together with local NGOs the Health And Nutrition Development Society (HANDS) and the Goth Seengar Foundation (GSF).
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