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2019.06.01

Mrs. Pameena’s Story: A women who spends a majority of her time collecting water

              Mrs. Pameena is a housewife who lives in village Maghrebe Sarpakh with her 4 children. Accessing the village from outside is extremely difficult, as the roads that lead to the village are not paved. According to Mrs. Pameena, “There are a couple of major issues to this village. The biggest issue is the lack of safe drinking water. It is extremely hard for us women in the village because it becomes our responsibility to fetch the water. We have to travel over twice a day to collect water for our families. The road to the nearest water source is extremely dangerous. Women often get hurt during the trek there. Additionally, using that water has led to our children getting infected with various diseases. This creates a major economic burden for our families. Also, we have no other choice but to dispose our bodily waste in a nearby empty field, because we don’t have a location or a facility to dispose that type of waste. This creates another threat for illness. In addition, because our village lacks a proper health care facility, we must travel to the city of Sadda to get medical treatment. For example, last year, my son came down with a bad case of diarrhea, and we had to go all the way to the city of Sadda to receive treatment.

              Mrs. Pameena is very thankful of JEN for the construction of a water supply facility in their village. “We are all very excited about the construction of the new water supply facility. This will solve the clean drinking water problem that has persisted in this village for a very long time. The women have used the majority of our time during the day collecting water,” she says. Furthermore, she mentioned “Although we have a toilet in our house, it is in very poor condition. We have no sewage system, and the children have no knowledge regarding hygiene. It would be greatly appreciated if JEN could provide us with education and training on health and hygiene.

              Mrs. Pameena stated, We will work with JEN. We hope that JEN will continue their support in our village. Our village has been abandoned by others in the past, and so we are very thankful of JEN’s support.”

 

June 1, 2019 in Pakistan |