THE NEED: Safe Drinking Water is the most important resource for Balakot,KP,Pakistan.The area is losing its major resource which is essential for survival. Before the deadliest earthquake of October, 2005 (100,000 people died), the residents of the nearest populations used to rely on water falls and the river water flowing down from the mountains.
Due to heavy deforestation and the post affects of the earthquake, the water now has been diluted with carbon, graphite, dirt and waste. Unfortunately, nearby residents especially children and women have to rely on it which has increased the death toll in the rural areas up to 30%.The most common diseases are diarrhea,allergy,hepatitis and typhoid.
OUR EFFORTS: AWARD Pakistan has taken an initiative to start raising funds for the installation of hand pumps and water wells. In its first phase 5 hand pumps and 1 water well will be installed in the 6 rural areas of Balakot, District Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhaw with the support of the local community. So far 1 water well and 1 water hand-pump has been successfully installed and rest are under development. Altogether, AWARD Pakistan intends to install 32 hand pumps in 16 rural areas of Balakot. It is also to be mentioned that an average cost of digging a water well and installing a hand pump on mountainous area is 5 to 6 times higher than an average installation in Punjab and other plain areas of Pakistan.
APPEAL: We request all our donors and supporters to support us in the cause to provide children and women (living on the mountains), an access to the carbon-free water .
Taking the mud out
AWARD Team monitoring the process
A Hand Pump installed
Community Members after the finishing of the well
Access to the Carbon-free water
Aug 30, 2016
4th Report on Women Vegetable Club
By Azeem Christopher - Program Coordinator
As mentioned in the previous reports, the amount of PKR 60,000 was given to the 5 women to promote the vegetable faming among women of the rural areas (Pilot). After doing some initial work, the group of women has already got the land on the contract and has sowed the vegetable seeds. So far the initial steps have been taken to save the vegetables from insects and pesticides. The initial spray has been done and the fertilizer has been given to the land to get the most out of it. The water distribution from the Canal Department in the village is quite satisfactory therefore it is not difficult for the beneficiaries to struggle for water for the vegetables as it is in some other parts of the province. The vegetables will be ready in 3 -5 months and therefore the result will be mentioned in the next report.But In some parts of the land the corriander vegetable has started to grow as it takes less time to grow than other main vegetables. The vegetables sown will be according to the season. The main vegetables to be sown in the club are corriander, garlic, potatoes, turnips and cabbage. depending on the season these vegetables. These vegetables give good profit when sold.
Aug 4, 2016
2nd Report on Carbon Free Water
By Azeem Christopher - Program Coordinator
Community Meetings for Handpumps in the areas
Thank you very much for your kind support and helping us reach our initial target of $ 10,000 ( which was later raised by AWARD) at GlobalGiving.The amount raised on the project was far more than the asked amount. Therefore we are very thankful for your help. AWARD Pakistan has been working from the last 21 years in community development and so far has been able to support approximately 86,000 plus direct beneficiaries and nearly 500,000 beneficiaries indirectly. Our efforts to improve the life of marginalized communities’ especially rural women are still going effectively through number of interventions in the rural areas of Pakistan.
In the Month of May, AWARD Pakistan conducted the suveys in the 10 rural areas to ask people about the aroused need of the Hand Pumps. The team went house to house and managed to interview 20 people from each area (altogether 120) to identify the need. 8 out 10 areas were selected by the team after the keen observation and the survey results. The health risk in these 8 areas were quite high according to the survey. Therefore AWARD Pakistan has finalised the 8 areas of Balakot for installing the 32 handpumps.
As the community in these areas observed fasting in the holy month of Ramadan (June 05- July 05). Therefore the labour(which was the contribution from the community) requested the AWARD team to take the task of intsalling handpumps after Ramadan Month.
In the mid of July 2016, The AWARD Team along with the community started taking the quotations from different boring companies . After consulting the majority of the companies AWARD Pakistan and the community has finalised a well known Boring Company of Balakot which will be starting the Boring and installing work from the Aug 10, 2016.
The Pictures of the handpups will be uploaded in the next report of October 2016.