Statistics reveal that approximately 53,000 children die every year with water-borne diseases, resulting in a very high stunting rate of 44%, mostly in children under five. District Jhang is among the poorest districts of Punjab and is ranked 5th from the lowest in the province in terms of unavailability of safe drinking water.
Qatar Charity implemented water & sanitation project in tehsil Shorkot, District Jhang in collaboration with UNICEF, Accelerated Sanitation & Water for All (ASWA-II) from 2018-2020. District Jhang is challenged with extremely poor quality of drinking water. 40% of the population has limited or no access to sweet drinking water, as most of the underground water is saline and marshy and is not fit for drinking purposes.
Village 489-JB is one of the villages located in Shorkot, where underground water is not fit for drinking purpose.
The people of the area fetch water from a nearby canal which is mostly the responsibility of children and women folk, resulting into great waste of time and resources. Due to unsafe drinking water, there was a prevalence of common diseases including diarrhea, vomiting, typhoid and skin and eye allergy. The great pie of the total expenditure is spent on medical treatment cost.
Keeping in view the dire need of clean drinking water in the target village, Qatar Charity constructed a water pond in the same village with total project cost of 32,500 QAR. The slow sand filter mechanism is used in construction of water pond, in which water is collected from a nearby canal and is passed through series of filtration galleries.
The total population of 174 households and 977 beneficiaries are getting benefit of clean drinking water on sustainable basis. Women and children are the main beneficiaries of the project, as now they do not have to travel miles to fetch clean drinking water for their households.
Children are now able to spend quality time focused on the studies, while women also spend time in other productive household tasks, thus resulting into improvement of their quality of life.
District Jhang is among the poorest districts of Punjab and is ranked 5th from the lowest in the province in terms of unavailability of safe drinking water. Through the construction of pond by Qatar Charity, 174 households and 977 beneficiaries are getting benefit of clean drinking water on sustainable basis.