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KARACHI, PAKISTAN, January 7, 2021 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently completed the construction of 10 new hand-pump wells now providing water to approximately 2,200 individuals in villages in rural Pakistan around four to five hours drive from Karachi.
Each well was funded by a generous Baitulmaal donor. Below is a list of villages and each corresponding dedication as well as the number of villagers who now have access to safe, clean water.
- Hashim Larani, in honor of Alhaj Omar Hussein Alzaben, accessible to 140 villagers.
- Achar Shoro, in honor of Hassan Khalil Tarifi and Talee3a Khalil Tarifi, accessible to 192 villagers.
- Nehar Mallah, in honor of Ibtehal Ass, Waseem Yousef Tarifi and Rasheed Awad Tarifi, accessible to 289 villagers.
- Soomar Parheri, in honor of Khalil Meqdad, Jannah Abdallah and Yusra Abu Alhawa, accessible to 170 villagers.
- Muhammad Parheri, in honor of Nayef Qasem, Abdel Baset Taha, Awni Karmi, Atef Taha and Yousef Abdallah, accessible to 174 villagers.
- Sawan Tharani, in honor of Jihad Shehadeh, accessible to 139 villagers.
- Khan Tharani, in honor of Jannah Abdallah, Khalil Miqdad and Yusra Mustafa, accessible to 140 villagers.
- Muhammad Siddique Mallah, in honor of Shahid Kemal Pasha and Azra Shahid Pasha, accessible to 600 villagers.
- Muhammad Siddique Malkani, in honor of Ar-Razzaq and Al-Mughni, accessible to 203 villagers.
- Soomar Jat, in honor of Saadat Khan, accessible to 154 villagers.
According to the World Bank, access to improved water sources in Pakistan has been on the decline in recent years. This has been compounded by a historic monsoon season last year, which flooded the region and drove people from their homes in search of dry land and clean drinking water. Worldwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 780 million people lack access to clean water.
Funding improved water sources can help reverse the trend, according to Elizabeth Sohail, programs manager at Baitulmaal.
“These 10 wells will provide clean drinking water for more than 2 million meals every year,” said Sohail. “Our donors are playing an essential role in pushing back against contaminated water and the waterborne illnesses it causes.”
Donors who are interested in water access projects or in dedicating a well to honor a loved one can visit Baitulmaal.org to learn more.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the charity has offices in: Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Nairobi, Kenya; Mogadishu, Somalia; Amman and Al Ramtha, Jordan; and Karachi, Pakistan.
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