Pakistan

Together, We Can Make It

Each day, it is a new challenge for these villagers to find clean, drinkable water. Sixty-year-old Katu and the other women from a village in Pakistan collect water for daily use from a small reservoir fed from surrounding watering canals. However, livestock drink here as well, so the water isn’t necessarily still suitable to drink. “We have no other choice but to drink this water”, Katu says.

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How humedica is Helping the Forgotten People in Pakistan

humedica is active in several regions throughout the country, with one focus on the province of Sindh. There, the problems regularly endemic to a society suffering from poverty, shortage, economic difficulties, latent terrorism and natural catastrophes have caused great need.

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How arche noVa is Helping the Forgotten People in Pakistan

arche noVa has been working in Pakistan since 2005. Currently, 65 communities in the province of Sindh in the south of the country are profiting from its measures to supply water and disaster preparedness, as well as to improve hygienic standards and nutrition. In Sindh, many thousands of people rely on the yields from agriculture and livestock. The effects of frequent floods, however, have reduced the already sparse harvests and – along with other causes – pushed hundreds of thousands to hunger and poverty. At the moment, arche noVa is working on two projects to contain these effects and foster a safe and sustainable future for the Sindh inhabitants.

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  • Katu is a sixty-year-old widow. She lives in a village in the Pakistani province Sindh. “We have no other choice but to drink this water”, Katu says. “That’s why we have health issues.”

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  • Humedica supports people in Sanghar District by building wells, washing stations and latrines.

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  • The village community is instructed in water and hygiene issues through the media and at school.

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  • This work is complemented by artistic activities, such as theater performances that touch on socially sensitive subjects like violence against women and child marriage.

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Background of the Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis in Pakistan

In Pakistan, a number of conflicts and crises have been smoldering which mutually affect each other. There are decade-old conflicts between ethnic and religious groups in Pakistan. In addition, frequent natural disasters, insufficient medical care, poor hygiene conditions as well as an economy of scarcity, malnutrition and a high child mortality rate only make the situation worse. The crisis is further aggravated by Pakistan’s nearly incontrollable border to Afghanistan, as well as the age-old conflict with India over the Kashmir region.

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