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A repatriated family and their challenges

Matiullah, a 35-year-old man, left Pakistan along with his family, which included his wife, four sons, and two daughters and returned to Afghanistan, his home country a few months ago. Immediately after their return to Afghanistan, they began to face various problems. They had to live in an extremely poorly made house, and had no access to safe drinking water.. His children were unable to go to school. Additionally, there were no bathrooms located in or near the house, and therefore, they had no other choice but to use their neighbor`s bathrooms, or go to the bathroom outside.

Little by little, Matiullah worked to renovate his age-old house, but the house remains wall-less. He has saved up funds, which were offered as financial assistance, and spent them only to construct a bathroom near the house. Because there were no clean water sources near the house, his family had to go to a place 300 meters away from their house to collect potentially contaminated water to use not only for their bathroom, but also for various other purposes. As a result, his family suffered from frequent diarrhea and stomachaches. In this area, collecting water took a long time, for women, children and even adult men.


JEN's team visited this area for research purposes and identified the area as vulnerable,where residents lacked access to clean drinking water. The team proposed to install a hand pump well in this area. Thanks to the assistance of Japan Platform (JPF), an international emergency humanitarian aid organization based in Tokyo, JEN immediately began working on the construction of the well, and was able to finish it as scheduled. Now, the residents have access to clean water without having to walk long distances as they did in the past.

Matiullah's eldest daughter Fatima said, "We are happy now. In the past, we had to walk long distances to collect clean water and so we could not wash ourselves even after working long hours outside, but now we can, thanks to the well. "




November 14, 2022 in Afghanistan |