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KARACHI, PAKISTAN October 3, 2022 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian nonprofit, recently installed a water filtration plant in the Pakka Malana village in Pakistan that provides safe, clean water to approximately 5,000 people.
The village, which is located in the Dera Ismail Khan District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, relies heavily on tap water for its needs, but much of that water is contaminated, according to Baitulmaal Program Manager Elizabeth Sohail.
“Many people were suffering from hepatitis, typhus, diarrhea and other water-borne diseases due to the poor quality of the water there,” Sohail said. “The community was largely impoverished and unable to afford the necessary filtration. Thanks to our generous donors, they now have access to safe, clean water.”
According to the UN, approximately 70 percent of households in Pakistan drink bacterially contaminated water. UNESCO estimates that 40 percent of all diseases in Pakistan are due to unsanitary drinking water. This has led to stunting in children and over 53,000 child deaths per year. Recent floods have further contaminated water sources, posing even greater risk to vulnerable families in need.
Baitulmaal has constructed over 330 donor-funded wells in various regions of Pakistan, including Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. In addition to water access projects, Baitulmaal responds to emergencies such as recent flooding and earthquakes, and provides food and seasonal aid. If you would like to learn more about or contribute to these programs at Baitulmaal, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.
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 and representatives in: Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Nairobi, Kenya; Mogadishu, Somalia; Amman and Al Ramtha, Jordan; and Karachi, Pakistan.
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