The first Jerrycans have arrived!

November 18, 2010

The biggest problem in the flood regions of Pakistan right now is the shortage of drinking water. The wells are contaminated, and many people – children especially – are suffering from diarrhea, skin problems and other illnesses as a result. In the villages that we are helping, it's not been such a major issue so far because...

 

The biggest problem in the flood regions of Pakistan right now is the shortage of drinking water.

 

The wells are contaminated, and many people – children especially – are suffering from diarrhea, skin problems and other illnesses as a result.
In the villages that we are helping, it's not been such a major issue so far because the International Water Aid Organization (IWAO) gave us 300,000 water purification tablets. But they are now mostly used up.

 

So we are moving to a different concept: we're getting “Lifesaver Jerrycans” from Britain. These containers can be filled with any kind of water – even if it's totally polluted. A handpump is then used to build up pressure in the can. The tap can then be opened and out comes clean drinking water. It's all thanks to a sophisticated filter system inside the jerrycan.

 

All 136 families in the village of Mumtazabad have now received a jerrycan and are delighted with them. A few days after the cans were delivered, our project manager asked around to find out how things were going. Here are some of the comments he received: “I am very happy. Actually the entire village is happy and very pleased that we've got these wonderful jerrycans from Shelter Now that are so useful. We feel very safe now with this water… (Mr. Tilawat Shah) „…We feel very safe having these filters and clean drinking water in our houses. Some of our people are even helping their friends in neighboring villages by providing them with clean drinking water from their jerrycans.” (Mr. Jamil Khan) We were able to provide the village of Mumtazabad with these water filters because we had help from the organization “Sign of Hope”. A private company has also pledged to help with this project. But we still need further donations to be able to supply all four villages. One jerrycan with filter, which lasts for at least one year, costs around 190 euros. If you would like to support this project, please quote the word “Jerrycan” when making your donation. It will be quite some time before all the jerrycans can be delivered. In the meantime, the IWAO has kindly agreed to supply us with another 200,000 water purification tablets.

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