Safe Drinking Water for Flood Victims in Pakistan

by Association for Humanitarian Development (AHD)
Women Preparing Nadi filter at her home
Women Preparing Nadi filter at her home

Update on AHD project on Safe Drinking water for Flood victims in Pakistan on GlobalGiving:

Association for Humanitarian Development (AHD), under its project ‘Safe Drinking Water for Flood victims in Pakistan, has installed 498 Nadi filters in 03 UCs of Tehsil Matli in Badin District.

District Badin lies at distal part of Sindh, Arabian Sea and Rann of Kacch being its southern boundary; hence most of monsoons cause floods in the district as rain waters from northern high altitude districts find its way through Badin to the sea. The district consecutively faced rain floods in 2011, 2012 and 2013 affecting the District’s rural population which accounts 74% of the total of 1,833,251. The underground water in most of the district is saline hence not potable. The rural population consumes canal water without any treatment because of a number of reasons, including unawareness due to low literacy, un-affordability of buying filter units and lack of Govt.’s initiatives in provision of safe drinking water.

AHD targeted 03 UCs of the Tehsil Matli where so far 498 families are consuming safe drinking water in 17 villages. The families were provided materials and training for preparing Bio-sand filter units for themselves. AHD teams formed CBOs and WASH Committees in the villages, ensured participation of women in training and preparation of Nadi filters.

A total of 6,474 women, men, girls and boys have access to safe drinking water and increased knowledge on personal hygiene practices, through the project.

01 Nadi filter costs PKR 1600 ($ 16.3), while each filter provides safe drinking water for a family of 15 to 20 persons (02 to 03 HHs). The filter requires no fuel/ electricity for its making and function and is lifelong solution for small rural settlements where underground water is not potable.

There are several villages in 02 more UCs of District Badin and some 04 UCs of District Thatta, where there is need for 1000 to 1500 Nadi filters.

An Oldman preparing Nadi filter
An Oldman preparing Nadi filter
Women sorting stones for nadi
Women sorting stones for nadi
Mr. A. Khurshid Bhatti, CEO, visited in villages
Mr. A. Khurshid Bhatti, CEO, visited in villages

230 New Nadi filter units installed near Matli

AHD installed some 230 Nadi filter units near Matli for the families affected during floods 2010, 2011 & 2012. The families targeted during this quarter was facing health issues and water borne diseases in their families, mostly women and children affected due to gastric & diherial diseases.

The trainings conducted in 22 villages in UC Hajji Sawan and Tharri, during Nadi filter TOT trainings women and men learn new safe drinking water filtration technique

The snaps showing the new Nadi filter units installed near Matli that will help some 2,300 household individuals to get safe and clean drinking water at their door step

Furthermore we want to replicate this ethnology in more families, you support will enable us to reach out more rural communities

For more please feel free to contact us to ask for more information, we will be happy to answer your questions at or can call at Ph: +92-22-3860880

TOT Nadi filter training Village Muharam Khaskheli
TOT Nadi filter training Village Muharam Khaskheli
Nadi filter in Mangi kolhi village
Nadi filter in Mangi kolhi village
Village Shaoon Patel families attending Trainning
Village Shaoon Patel families attending Trainning

Nadi Filter units the only key to help or provide safe and clean drinking water to the rural families affected by floods 2010, 2011 & 2012.

AHD started new training in village Shaoon Patel and organized one Nadi Filter TOT training for 34 families, women of the village Shamoon Patel interested to learn Nadi Filter to get access to safe and clean drinking water for them and their children.

On Dec 22nd 2013, training was organized in village Shamoon Patel and some 34 families got training, AHD also districted 34 Nadi units to them, women were very happy and started installing Nadi filter units at their household level. Before this training village Shamoon Patel women and children suffering with water borne diseases. Women and children mostly affected by Gastro & Diarrhea cases.  

Nadi Filter is only the solution for us, a views by village women & men, we learnt this Nadi Filter technique and will use to filter canal water and use for our families and children.

Thanks to AHD & Global Giving

Women of the village Shaoon Patel most affected
Women of the village Shaoon Patel most affected
AHD staff giving training to village families
AHD staff giving training to village families
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.



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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
$48,338 raised of $123,500 goal
646 donations
$75,162 to go
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