Our first project was installed in 2014 In Jurr Village. Prior to installation, villagers lacked access to safe and clean water, adversely impacting their lives in several ways. We have returned to Jurr village several times since installation of the project and surveyed the population through door-to-door surveys. Access to safe and clean water has contributed to social and economic flourishment of our target communities.
We learnt that installation of the project reduced the distance villagers had to travel to reach a clean water source by 97%. The reduced travel time freed up more than 3 hours daily for over 2,500 women and children, allowing more children to attend school. The community has reported a sense of comfort, ease and safety.
Not only did we bring the OASIS Box, we provided education and training to local youth on maintaining it, building more personal solar chargers, and running program evaluation surveys.
Balochistan is the most water scarce province in the entire country. Lack of safe and clean access to clean water has become beyond critical and even the ground water table has emerged to be the bleakest as a result of drought. Those extracting ground water from shallow tube wells, have no mechanism to filter their water which has a devastating short and long-term impact on individuals and entire communities.
As a province, sadly Balochistan remains one of the most neglected and economically deprived and since founding Bondh E Shams, the region has remained high on our priority list. Putting a plan into action, became a reality in 2019. Creating close ties to community members in the region of Bela, with a committed team of volunteers, 10 projects were implemented in less than 10 months.
At maximum capacity, our projects have served an estimated total of 20 million cups of clean water in Pakistan.
South Sudan is a country emerging from a civil war, which ended in 2018. Yei City is located in Yei River State, from which many people fled the province into bordering Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to escape the violence. As part of the conflict, many wells were destroyed or abandoned and filtration is rare. Few have access to safe, filtered water, and the few who can afford it use large amounts of single-use plastic water bottles. We partnered with local nonprofit Water is Basic, which repairs the bore-holes on which the OASIS Boxes are installed, to install two lifesaving Boxes in communities in need and bring a consistent source of safe, filtered water to this region at last.
A clean water source is a key factor allowing refugees to return home and people to pursue education, work, and rebuilding their lives. We spoke with recent returnees there who said that hearing about the water projects made them feel it was safe to build a life in Yei again, and with teachers at the school where one of the boxes is now located who said waterborne illness had dramatically affected attendance. We built strong relationships with the local nonprofit and community to ensure future care of the Boxes.
Not only did we bring the OASIS Box, we provided education and training to local youth on maintaining it, building more personal solar chargers and running program evaluation surveys.