Safe Drinking Water for Flood Victims in Pakistan

by Association for Humanitarian Development (AHD)
A Newly Nadi filter unit installed near Matli
A Newly Nadi filter unit installed near Matli

Project Progress about New Nadi filter units Construction  

AHD promoting safe drinking Nadi filter units in flood affected areas of district Badin Sindh Pakistan; through this project we reached more than 2,400 families during 2010-2013 we reached more than 2,600 families and hope till the end of Dec 2013 we will be able to reach 3,000 mark of Nadi filter units installation.  In the above snaps we can see the women giving glass of water to her child, the women learnt and installed this Nadi filter unit through her own hands, this shows that the families installed Nadi filter units now trained and will be able to repair and keep maintain through themselves.

Sustainable Solution for rural population to drinking safe and clean water at their door step

 AHD Nadi filter technology is the one of the innovative, cheap, and local based technique providing facility for the rural population, specially women, and children improved their health & learn Nadi filter technology and installed at their household level. The simple training with the maximum in cost of US $ 15 only for one 01 Nadi filter unit, time period: the life time solution with facility to repair mud pot if broken through their own hands, easy to cement it and prepare again. Many families nearby villages learnt through the relative and neighbors.

Future Plan / Target for Nadi filter

By 2015 we hope to promote 10,000 Nadi filter units to enable for 100,000 people to have access to safe and clean drinking water at their household level. For this purpose we will need your support and donation to achieve this target. Hope to hear from all of you …. For more please feel free to contact us Ph: +92-22-3860880 & email: or

Contingency Planning for Rain / Floods 2013

Provision of Safe drinking water through Bio Sand Nadi Filter , Sanitation & Promotion of  Hygiene conditions In Taluka Matli District Badin.   

Overall objective

·         To prevent the outbreak of water and sanitation related diseases as a result of Monsoon and flood.

Specific objectives

      Ensure access to safe Dirking water through Bio Sand Nadi Filter, hygiene education and temporary sanitation and bathing facilities for the displaced populations, particularly those residing in camps.

     Ensure that displaced populations are provided with basic hygiene supplies and are properly informed on behavior practices related to water, sanitation and hygiene.

Rain and flooding, as a disaster agent, brings about considerable disruption, damage or destruction on household assets and livelihoods, on community service facilities and on major economic/economic infrastructures such as roads, irrigation schemes, municipal water supply systems, telecommunication and electric networks, etc. However, humanitarian response is primarily concerned with addressing the pressing recovery needs of the severely affected households and communities.

Safe and reliable drinking water is vital to every community. Emergency response planning is an essential part of managing a safe drinking water system. Most public water systems have had routine operating emergencies such as pipe breaks, pump malfunctions, coliform contamination, and power outages. These are manageable if the water system has an emergency response plan that can be put into action quickly. More serious non-routine emergencies may result from intentional acts of sabotage, chemical spills, floods, hurricanes, windstorms, or droughts. These can drastically affect the system and the community that depends on it. Preparing a response plan and practicing it can save lives, prevent illness, enhance system security, minimize property damage, and lessen liability. 

Flooding has the potential to deteriorate the health and nutrition situation of affected populations. Severe floods damage safe water and sanitation facilities, create poor hygiene particularly in temporary shelters, and establish conditions conducive for water borne diseases. This amplifies the risk of endemic and epidemic diseases such as acute respiratory illnesses, malaria, measles, relapsing fever and water borne diseases such as acute watery diarrhea (AWD), malaria, malnutrition, and other diseases.

AHD Nadi filter technology can impact during floods/disasters

AHD has capacity to provide 5,000 to 10,000 Nadi filter units during emergency disaster to meet the safe drinking water for 50,000 to 100,000 people within 30 days time period, if provided sufficient funding for the same. AHD is planning to support the most vulnerable communities of the Taluka MATLI District Badin if the Monsoon condition will remain same. AHD plan to install the Bio Sand Nadi Filter units in camps for access to Safe Drinking Water, which is more rare to find for daily use and especially for drinking purpose, and re-built their environment friendly atmosphere the women for cooking purpose. AHD has the leading edge with past working performance in two most important interventions on safe drinking water.

AHD WASH team surveyed the different communities of throughout Pakistan and tested the water sample which villager or people were using for cooking as well as for drinking. The test reports revealed that the water is highly contaminated and very harmful for their health.  AHD made it possible through its innovative technology of Bio Sand Nadi Filter which filter and kill the bacterial germ in its filtration process. AHD trained the trainers from the community and construct a model BNSF at their village then they able to construct at their door step. So BNSF unit secure and rescue their lives by construction of BIO NADI filter, instead of using of canal water.

Humanitarian action under the WASH cluster is based on the principle of coherent and coordinated action in carrying out a timely and consistent response to the humanitarian consequences of major flooding and rain in order to minimize their adverse effects on the population. The effects of flooding and rain may reduce access to basic right of access to food, education, health services, safe housing, protection, drinking water and sanitation.


AHD staff giving instructions to village families
AHD staff giving instructions to village families

Association for Humanitarian Development (AHD)

Association for Humanitarian Development is a Social communities Based organization, established in December 2001-2002 and Registered under the Societies Registration Act: XX1 of 1860 on 17 May 2003. Priority Program of AHD is Safe Drinking Water.

AHD team working in surrounding 8 Village of Matli areas for purpose of safe drinking water. AHD team research that the villagers are using Hand pump and Canal Water. Canal water and Hand pump water was very dangerous of their life .They are suffered with different water born disease.  They complained of Diarrhea, skin disease, Vomiting, and sometimes even bloody stools.


AHD staff conducts the meeting with communities of 8 villages and get them awareness of safe drinking water and introduce of Nadi Filter Units.

Detail of Activities:

Month of March and April AHD staff conduct the Training work shop of 8 Village of Matli Area. And distribute of 42 Nadi filter units for installation of Nadi filter. Almost 305 people trained about the installation of Bio Sand Nadi filter

Challenges: We faced difficulties about the logistic issues to send the material in the village.

Indicator: 305 male and female people are trained installation nadi filter.

Output: 305 people trained installation nadi filter and we get snaps

Pipe fitting in Nadi near Matli
Pipe fitting in Nadi near Matli
preparing sand for nadi filter
preparing sand for nadi filter
Nadi filtered water clean and safe for health
Nadi filtered water clean and safe for health
Mrs. Jeeti Chettan filling glass for Nadi water
Mrs. Jeeti Chettan filling glass for Nadi water

Case Study "Nadi Filter saving life of poor village communities" at village Roshan Kohli:

The flood affected area of Village Roshan Kohli. Tehsil Matli, District Badin Sindh Pakistan submerged in flood water during floods 2011 and 100% houses damaged, crops burned and poor village communities lost their all, after settlement or returned villagers to back to their native houses, facing difficult situation over drinking water.  During initial visit by AHD staff and survey of village Roshan Kolhi was very upset to see that poor villagers drinking contaminated canal or flood water for their family.  

AHD staff visited Roshan Kohli village and conducted the survey and identified problems. Through immediate action they arranged quick training for some 30 members of the village Roshan Kohli and distributed them with Nadi filter units. At present villagers using safe drinking Nadi filter units provided by the AHD through Global Giving support near Matli area and since Dec 2012 all villagers have to access to safe and clean drinking water. There are about 105 families using safe drinking Nadi filter water and saving lives of their family women and children. The village Roshan Kohli very happy and thankful to AHD & Global Giving donors.

AHD staff confident for the provision and distribution of Nadi filter units in more families for the provision of access to safe and clean drinking water and hope donors and supports of this project will once support again to donate for the flood victims in Pakistan and hope through you all support we will be happy to complete target of 10,000 families within the year 2013.

for more please feel free to ask for more info. we will be happy to share, let us know your views at or or can visit us at or contact office at Ph: +92-22-3860880 and to direct CEO Mr. Khurshid Bhatti at +92-333-2661682

Mr. Karmshi Kohli a hindu family using Nadi filter
Mr. Karmshi Kohli a hindu family using Nadi filter
Village Tharri near Matli family have clean water
Village Tharri near Matli family have clean water
AHD staff members during visit in Matli
AHD staff members during visit in Matli
1 Washing sand for nadi filter
1 Washing sand for nadi filter


Some 95 Nadi filter units installed in Matli area quarterly report

Floods 2012 again damaged and distributed lot of families in Pakistan and mostly poor rural families lost their food stuff, houses, crops and infrastructure like drinking water sources. Majority of the rural families affected by floods drinking polluted and contaminated canal water at their household level. Water borne diseases disturbed their life and most of their children sick and in hospitals. in this difficult situation AHD visited near Matli area some 25 villages and provided them with awareness on safe drinking Nadi filter and constructed some 95 new Nadi filter units which will be saving health of about 3,550 people living in 25 villages, further villagers asked to install their own Nadi filter units as they got training and skills.


AHD long term vision is to promote 50,000 Nadi filter units till 2015, so we need your help and support to spread our safe drinking water work on large scale in Flood Affected families.  please feel free to contact us at Ph: +92-22-3860880 and email: or our website is

Or can contact direct to Miss Gulnaz Munawar at +92-334-2616305 or can call to Mr. A. Khurshid Bhatti, President//CEO at +92-333-2661682

2 Putting small stones in inside Nadi
2 Putting small stones in inside Nadi
Putting sand upto 16 inches in Nadi
Putting sand upto 16 inches in Nadi
4 Making hole to Mattaka
4 Making hole to Mattaka
Nadi filter is ready and putting canal water
Nadi filter is ready and putting canal water
Filtered water is crystal safe and clean
Filtered water is crystal safe and clean

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Organization Information

Association for Humanitarian Development (AHD)

Location: Hyderabad, Sindh - Pakistan
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Khurshid Bhatti
President / CEO
Hyderabad, Sindh Pakistan
$47,503 raised of $123,500 goal
628 donations
$75,997 to go
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