Many take for granted that they have access to clean and drinkable water any time they turn on a tap. However, in many parts of the world that is not the case. In communities around the world there is a growing water crisis and today, over 1 billion people have trouble obtaining the water they desperately need.
COPILOT Cares, under the direction of Dr. Moby Kazmi, is doing what we can to help alleviate the many issues surrounding the water crisis. In water vulnerable countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, COPILOT Cares is installing over 400 freshwater hand pumps.
Localized freshwater wells are dug by machines that bore into the earth until they find clean, safe water. Because the wells are localized, specific to a few families, it makes them particularly useful for remote communities and households.
Hand pumps are used because they are one of the most economical and simple solutions for providing a collective supply of drinking water – and because they are compatible with cover slabs, hand pumps allow for less contamination while eliminating the risk of falling into an open site.
These new sources mean water can now be made available for communities that previously had to travel miles – making what was a 3 hour task take only a matter of minutes.
With this extra time, more children can attend school, more businesses can be established, and more homecare can be ministered.
Also, because this water is pumped from underground aquifers, there is distinctly less possibility for it to transmit disease. In addition to restoring health to a community and preventing waterborne illness, this means money that might have been spent on medicine for children, now can be spent on learning essentials like books and school uniforms.
Water is our most basic human right -- COPILOT Cares is doing what it can to combat the global water crisis and fight disease, bringing wellness one well at a time.