This year our District Governor laid great emphasis on providing clean drinking water to the under privileged in our community all over the District.
For the current year 2009-2010, PDG Akhtat Alavi was assigned the responsibility as Chairman of the Water Resources Development and Management Committee for District 3270.
Our Club had initiated the project of providing hand water pumps/rain water storage tanks to the needy community in the year 2000. Since then this is an on-going project of our club.
We have also received financial support from the Government of New Zealand of Rs 350,000 for this project. On March 6, 2010, HE Brian Sanders, High Commissioner for New Zealand, inaugurated a pump at Gulshan -e-Hadeed in the presence of Rtn Moin Fudda, PDG Akhtar Alavi, PE SM Ehtishamullah and team of Rotarians. In fact, New Zealand Government has increased their donation, being satisfied with the performance in the past years. In addition, PDG Muhammad Akbar donated Rs 50,000.
RCK provided 51 hand pumps and 11storage tanks costing Rs 367,000 in partnership with Rotary Clubs in the interior of Sindh, as given below:
|# of Pumps||RC Clubs|
|11+11 rain water storage tanks||Kunri|
|Total:51 + 11rain water storage tanks|
RCK has offered to clubs in the District that we will be willing to join them in this project in their respective areas on 50:50 basis.
It is recommended that the balance of Rs 262,725 should be used in 2010 on this much needed project.
RCK received a Matching Grant of Rs 854000 in October 2009 from The Rotary Foundation for providing 61 hand water pumps and 61 water storage tanks in the interior of Sindh particularly in the Kunri area. The project was implemented in collaboration with Rotary Clubs of Kunri, Mithi and other clubs.
After the Kunri area was surveyed and sites were identified, payment of Rs 732,000 in installments have been released for 61 hand water pumps and 61 water storage tanks in Kunri. Nearly most of the pumps have been installed and water tanks have been built. The remaining are in the final stages. The Final Report to TRF will be submitted after a couple of months, i.e. within two months of completion of the project. The balance of Rs 122,000 would be refunded to TRF thru the Fiscal Agent before submitting the Final Report.
It is interesting to know that one Hand Pump serves 25 families (average 8 persons per family), i.e. 200 people daily. These are the poorest of the poor living in Thar Desert. Two Rain Water Storage Tanks (one for human beings and one for cattle) – each tank stores 4,000 ltrs which provides on an average drinking water for a family of 8 and their cattle for 5 to 6 months.