FRESH WATER PROJECT

On June 15, 2013 by admin

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Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war [World Health Organisation (WHO), Global Burden Disease Report, 2004].

Hope Foundation Trust (HFT) has focused its Safer Water initiative in Bangladesh which is noted for being a nation that is amongst the world’s most densely populated. Over 140 million people are crowded onto low-lying land where annual monsoon floods, raw sewage, chemicals, etc contaminate water sources and leave millions with appalling sanitary conditions.

It is therefore at the heart of the Trusts work that we focus on the ‘Access to Safe Water’ initiative providing clean safe drinking water to remote villages and rural underdeveloped areas of Bangladesh that are often limited in resource and are difficult to reach due to poor transport links. These communities consist of run down slums where people live without sanitation or safe water supplies. Hope Foundation Trust (HFT) builds trusting relationships with local farmers, cultivators and countrymen so as to permit us to build deep water wells upon their land on condition that they agree to a deed that will allow all local people to drink and take water from the well freely without hindrance. In turn HFT benefits the landowner with a long lasting sustainable sturdy water supply for his family, livestock and agriculture as well as securing the rights of the neighbouring population to the provision of safe drinking water thereby cutting down on poor hygiene and improving their health. All our work is purely on a charitable basis and locally sourced with native labour helping to develop their own communities (not contracted out to any external firm whatsoever) thus learning skills and creating opportunities for a cause that has communal ownership and a sense of responsibility to establish and maintain deep water well for mutual benefit, committing to positive change to help themselves.

 

The successive track record so far of Hope Foundation Trust (HFT) has enabled us year on year to be entrusted to build deep water wells throughout Balagoing district, Sylhet. To date the number of deep water wells HFT has built are:

  • x4 Deep Water Wells built in 2011
  • x5 Deep Water Wells built in 2012
  • x7 Deep Water Wells built in 2013

On average a deep water well that HFT has built has cost £600 each, each deep water well we build benefits though the supplies of water for an estimated 2,000+ people per year countless times (whole rural village consisting of children and adults).

It should be stated here that the deep water wells that the Trust has helped build through investment and project management (retaining no income / funds whatsoever) ensures that these wells are not of a nominal low standard rather they’re of the very highest grade quality and indeed durable to withstand a life of usage for between 15 to 25 years minimum (and above with adequate care and maintenance) supplying fresh pure water from deep below the surface to thousands of people; this is unlike many of the alternative low grade wells that can be built cheaply but after a few years the supplying water is substandard.

Sa’d ibn ‘Ubada said: “Messenger of Allah! Umm Sa`d my mother died, what is the best charity (on her behalf)?” The Prophet (S) replied: “Water.” So Sa’d dug a well and said: “This is for Umm Sa’d.” [Abu Dawud with a sound chain]

Allah’s Messenger (S) said: “Seven deeds that their reward is still written for a person even after he dies in his grave; a knowledge he taught to others, fixing a river, digging a well, planting a palm tree, building a Masjid or having a child that makes du’a for him.” [Sahih al-Targheeb]

Understanding and reflecting on the highly rewarded status of good deeds such as building water wells for the impoverished for drinking, cooking and cleaning and to reduce the suffering of water-related diseases, we at Hope Foundation Trust (HFT) pray that in keeping to our intention and commitment we are able to uphold the following aspirations:

1. To identify, create infrastructure and sustain community relations within local rural regions of Bangladesh in which there is a severe lack of clean water, therein to partner and empower locals in the building of long lasting durable deep water wells;

2. To educate people in the importance of attaining clean safe water supplies in their lives for their health and wellbeing, sanitation, hygiene, agriculture, livestock, development, et cetera.

 

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