The tubewell donated by Insaan Aid has been a blessing in so many ways. Before the tube well we had to use water from a small pond that animals used for drinking and bathing (Panchaiti digi).
The water was very dirty and unsanitary. We are most grateful to Insaan Aid for the donation of the tube well as it provides us with safe, clean water. The access to the tube well is also much better as children do not have to navigate their way down a slippery “ghat” (landing).
(World Health Organisation).
Living in the West, it is easy to forget how much we need safe, clean drinking water; this is the essence of life that more than a billion people in the world and millions of people in Bangladesh are denied.
Bangladesh being one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world, is beset by floods, tidal storms, famine and disease and to top it all, the arsenic hazard in Bangladesh is now a ‘real disaster’, affecting thousands physically, physiologically, mentally and economically.
Around 200,000 people face the threat of cancer annually due to drinking of arsenic contaminated water in Bangladesh, says a report of World Health Organisation (WHO) (Daily Star [Dhaka], Nov. 13, 2009).
The safe water project provides tube wells to help alleviate this problem, the tube wells are manually operated and lift filtered water from 100 feet beneath the ground with minimal maintenance. A single tube well can provide safe drinking water for a number of families or even a small village.