Bangladesh is one of the worst sufferers of global climate change and environmental degradation. Scarcity of safe water is a severe crisis for people living in the Sundarbans, world's largest mangrove forest. This has become a question of life and death of the villagers where all sources of surface and ground water have fast growing trend of increased salinity. "The water we want" fund will install small desalination plants to supply safe water to the suffering families to save their lives.
Use of saline and germ infected water causes serious health hazards to the people, particularly to women and children. They frequently suffer from skin disease, diarrhea, dysentery, jaundice and other diseases. Women have to walk two hours a day on average to fetch water from far off ponds and other sources and children often help them. So this has also an adverse impact on family income and children's education.
Initially 3 water desalination and purification plants will be installed in the villages adjacent to the Sundarbans. Safe water will be supplied from the plants to the families. Minimum cost will be charged for the water and the sales proceeds will be used for maintenance of the plant. Existing local women's associations will manage the plant.
The plant will help to achieve the SDG target of universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all and also substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity. It will have a positive impact on life and livelihood of women, health condition of the family members and education of children of the target community. Since the plant will be managed by the community itself, the plant will sustain in the long run and have a long-term impact.