Qatar Charity (QC), with the support of philanthropists in Qatar, has built several water treatment plants and installed solar-powered pumps within the framework of its efforts to provide safe drinking water in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Thousands of people from the two countries are expected to benefit from the project, QC has said in a statement.
These projects contribute to protecting the environment, reducing diseases and epidemics, and reducing the use of electricity.
In Bangladesh, Qatar Charity has inaugurated four water treatment plants in coastal areas such as the areas of Pirojpur, Khulna and Bagerhat. This will benefit 8,000 people who suffer from the effects of natural disasters that have afflicted their areas due to the use of salty water, especially since the coastal areas in Bangladesh suffer from severe pollution and salinity, which causes the spread of various diseases, the statement notes.
The plants remove all pollutants from the water to help purify the water and make it safe and fit for human use.
This project has been well received locally. "It is a really good and commendable step to reduce the use of public electricity and protect the environment from the potential impact of climate," said Hussain Holider, the local government representative in Pirojpur district.
For her part, Nazma Sarwar, a government official in the Bagerhat region, said: "The salty water that the local population drinks is harmful, especially since there are no other sources of clean water. The government is working with development partners such as Qatar Charity to solve this problem, so we thank them for their great efforts."
The beneficiaries also welcomed this step. Shiuli Begum said, "We had to use salty water, which caused us many diseases, such as stomach, allergy and kidney diseases. Thank you to the good people in Qatar and Qatar Charity who ended our suffering with polluted water."
In Pakistan, QC has installed seven solar-powered water stations in Peshawar, benefiting more than 1,650 families, or about 16,000 people.
Two stations have been installed in Peshawar and five stations in Nowshera district to provide safe and clean water.
The project was welcomed by the locals, as the deputy commissioner in Nowshera district, Mohamed Awais Khan, said: “We are grateful to Qatar Charity for providing safe drinking water by installing solar pumps in remote areas, and we thank the Qatari philanthropists and Qatar Charity for this important achievement.”
Meanwhile, Mohamed Ismail from the Department of Public Health Engineering in Nowshera said: "The Health Department has been working with Qatar Charity for three years in different areas of Khyber province. We value Qatar Charity's professionalism in terms of co-ordination with government departments, and are grateful to it for providing clean water."
The beneficiaries expressed happiness, as Amna Shah said: "We did not have enough water to meet our water needs, we used to go long distances to get it. But now, after establishing a pump, our water problem has been solved, which has given me enough time to play with my children. Thank you to the good people in Qatar and Qatar Charity."
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