Help us work with local engineers to install affordable water systems, and provide safe drinking water for Afghan communities suffering from disease and dehydration. Help us save lives in Afghanistan.
Case Study of Habiba in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Photo © Aryana Aid
Twelve-year-old Habiba has calloused feet that are used to repeated treks in harsh winters and scorching summers to collect water for her family in Afghanistan's Ghazni Province. The nearest water source was six kilometres away and it was also where donkeys and dogs drank.
People here had struggled with water scarcity for as long as they could remember. Winters bring harsh coldness, but no rain or snow, and summers are scorching.
Habiba would make the one-hour journey two to four times a day, which meant she often missed school. The jerry cans she carried were about five kilograms each when filled with water. "I felt heaviness in my shoulders. My hands ached," she shares.
Villagers have approached Aryana Aid Local office in Ghazni Afghanistan, they explained their concerns about the lack of clean drinking water in their village.
Aryana Aid has helped to build a Tube-well (water Tank) to Supply clean drinking water to whole village, Provided 16 new tap stands in Habiba's village, ensuring a free flow of fresh, safe water to 2650 people, including 520 children.
School attendance has increased throughout the community and Habiba is happy she doesn't have to miss school to collect water anymore. "Whenever my mother needs water I just take the jerry can and I fill it up at the tap stand near our home," says Habiba.
Only 13% of Afghans have access to water that has officially been improved by the local authorities; almost 96% of people living in rural areas still rely on unsafe drinking water.
Villagers often walk miles to access water from contaminated wells, rivers and springs, some have to make the journey several times a day to meet the sanitation, food preparation and farming needs of their families.
It's an exhausting and often dangerous activity, especially during the winter months when walking routes become hazardous with the snow.
The amount of time spent collecting water adds to the cycle of rural poverty; adults are prevented from earning a living and children are prevented from going to school.
Outbreaks of diarrhoea and dysentery are also common in the country. According to UNICEF, thousands of Afghan children die from diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases every year.
Some rural areas don't have access to any water because local sources were either destroyed in the war or have dried up. Villagers in these regions are forced to walk even further, or forced to spend their money buying expensive bottled water they can't afford.
Aryana Aid has been working with local engineers to supply safe water to hundreds of villages across rural Afghanistan.
We have also introduced safe water supplies to overcrowded urban areas with a high number of rural migrants and returning refugees.
Read about the people of Dasht-e-Barchi, in their own words translated from Dari: We have endured years of destruction and drought in our country.
As a consequence, thousands of people have left their villages to find food and work in the city.The number of people in Kabul is increasing daily and combination of poverty,air pollution and dirty water is adding to death and disease in the city.
There are 50 families in total in Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul.
'We were finding it difficult to access clean water for everybody, and so we tried to work together and dig a well for ourselves but were unsuccessful.
'We didn't have the knowledge to complete the project or the money to hire a specialist that could help us.
'We approached Aryana Aid and explained our concerns about the lack of water in Dasht-e-Barchi.
'Volunteers from the charity helped us complete the paperwork needed to apply for a water pump, which the charity supplied and installed.
'We now have safe drinking water for the people in Dasht-e-Barchi, as well as outsiders visiting the district looking for safe water supplies '.
By donating £600 you can install a water pump to supply clean drinking water to 300 people.
By donating £1200, you can install a water well to supply clean drinking water to 900 people.
By donating £3600,you can build a Tube-well ( Water Tank ) to Supply clean drinking water to whole village.
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