Contribution TO Sustainable Development Goals
Bondh E Shams is committed to bridging the sustainability gap as key player in the WASH sector and in the environments where we operate, by upholding a firm commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals: 6 (Clean Water & Sanitation); 5 (Gender Equality); 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and 13 (Climate Action), as we strive to make a difference in the life of those most-in need and create lasting impact in the world.
Case Studies: people behind the numbers
No of OASIS Boxes deployed: 43
Approx cups of clean water: 63 mil to date
Through our extensive on-ground network and close community ties, we are working with some of Pakistan’s most rural, under-resourced and water-scarce communities across Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and South Punjab. In Pakistan, where over 80% of the population faces water-scarcity and 53,000 children die annually of preventable waterborne disease, our work remains crucial. Safe access to clean water is critically inaccessible in all of the communities where we work, with communities often relying on distant and severely contaminated water-sources including handpumps with no filtration and ponds and canals, which has created a chronic cycle of poor health including widespread typhoid, diarrhea, kidney stones, hepatitis and even cholera outbreaks. In many of these communities, young girls and women have even traveled up to 4 hours to collect water, which again is often contaminated and unfit for use. Our on-ground teams have personally delivered and deployed 43 OASIS Boxes in Pakistan providing approx. 63 million cups of clean water to date. Our intervention has been instrumental in breaking the cycle of waterborne disease in the areas where we work and dramatically reducing the time spent by women and children to collect water. This has had a hugely positive impact on overall community health and wellbeing, in addition to freeing up priceless hours for children to focus on their education and for women to focus on their own development free from the burden of sourcing water day in, day out.
Our OASIS Box technology is specifically designed to reach communities in rural or off-grid areas, due to which we have been able to work with previously unreached communities in Sindh, experiencing some of the most critical water-scarcity nationwide and in communities in Balochistan, the most-underserved province in Pakistan.
OASIS Boxes deployed at height of the floods: 15 Boxes
Approx cups of clean water during floods: 1.5 mill provided
At the height of the 2022 flooding in Pakistan, we deployed three OASIS Boxes in the Umerkot region of Sindh, to urgently assist flood-stricken communities. At the time, our OASIS Box was the only technology to target flood water and effectively filter it into safe and potable drinking water as a rapid and temporary solution, deployed directly by our own ground teams in Pakistan. The transportability of each Box also made it a viable solution for flood-stricken displaced communities and once the flood water subsided, each OASIS Box could be relocated to a nearby and permanent location, to provide safe access to clean water for 20+ years - as a long-term and sustainable community uplift project. Our unique solution stunned the nation. In the weeks that followed, we deployed 12 more OASIS Boxes for flood relief in some of the hardest hit areas in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and South Punjab, providing safe access to clean water for several communities, and over 1.5 million cups of clean water in a few short months.
2 in 2017 in Yei City(3 more under process)
11.3mill cups of clean water
We deployed our first two OASIS Boxes in Yei City in South Sudan in 2019, shortly after the civil war ended in 2018. Yei City is located in Yei River State and during the height of the conflict, many people had fled into bordering Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to escape the violence. Wells were destroyed and safe and near access to clean water remained extremely limited for communities across Yei. For a country emerging out of civil war, clean water was a symbol of peace and a resource that in fact allowed refugees to return home to start rebuilding their lives. Working closely with our regional partners ‘Water is Basic’ and the local community, our work in South Sudan has impacted upto 10,000 individuals providing 9 million approx. cups of clean water to date. We delivered 3 more OASIS Boxes in 2022 to continue our impact-building efforts in the region and provide a further 15,000 people with safe access to clean water in Yei City and Juba.
2 deployed at the height of covid for Ibb city and Taiz in 2021 (6 more under process) Impact: 2.3million cups of clean water
In collaboration with our partners, the ‘Energy Access and Development Program (EADP)’, our first two projects in Yemen were deployed in Ibb City and Taiz bringing clean water to over 4,000 individuals at the height of COVID. To date, our OASIS Boxes have provided 2.3million cups of clean water in the region.
After 8 years of ongoing conflict and ongoing climate change,, Yemen has been plunged into critical water-scarcity and is still undergoing one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. 17.8million still lack safe access to clean water and sanitation (OCHA) which has caused acute and chronic health outbreaks including a cholera outbreak in 2016. A further six OASIS Boxes are due to be deployed in Yemen in the coming weeks, which will bring safe access to clean water to 20,000 more individuals in rural Yemen. This project is an important intervention and a necessary step towards saving lives and building lasting and sustainable impact in the region.
3 OASIS Boxes deployed in 2022 9 mill cups of clean water
An estimated 900,000 Rohingya refugees are living in overcrowded camps in Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh. Endless challenges and dismal living conditions were endured by the Rohingya refugees over the years, of which clean water and adequate sanitation remains a constant concern. In 2019 alone, over 64,000 cases of waterborne-contracted diarrhea were reported in the camps, of which 40% involved children under five years old (report). Health outbreaks and limited access to clean was further exacerbated by the COVID outbreak. After years of bureaucracy and efforts to bring our intervention to the Rohingya people, in collaboration with our local partner ‘BASMAH’, we finally deployed our first three OASIS Boxes in the camps in 2022. Our Boxes were placed at children’s learning centers, with a view to directly impact the children which had been the most impacted by the water crisis. Thousands of refugees now have immediate access to safe water in several camps across Cox’s Bazaar. To date, we have provided an estimated 9 million cups of clean water in the region. This is just the start of our journey to help uplift refugee and other marginalized communities in Bangladesh.