Clean drinking water

Access to clean drinking water – a basic human right

In the West, we tend to take drinking water for granted. But many people in Afghanistan and Pakistan don’t have that luxury. Shelter Now is digging new wells... 

Drinking water

Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right. In the West we tend to take this for granted, but for the people of Afghanistan it's by no means automatic. It's a very arid country, and wells often have to be extremely deep to reach ground water - 40 to 60 meters is not uncommon. Working with local village elders, Shelter Now digs wells in various locations, secures them and installs hand pumps. We do not use diesel pumps as these would place too much demand on the water supply, lowering the water table significantly and ultimately causing all the wells to dry up.

Digging and securing a well and installing a hand pump costs nearly US $3,000. One well provides drinking water for up to 40 families.

Fresh spring water for North East Afghanistan

There is enough water in the high mountains of the province Badakhshan, but as it flows unprotected through the villages it becomes polluted and can cause sicknesses. Together with the local villagers Shelter Now installs water pipes from the wellspring to the village, making it possible for the village to enjoy fresh, clean drinking water throughout the whole year. The schools are also connected to this water system and the teachers and students receive training in hygienics.

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