A volunteer from NCSC visited the NUST installed
water pump projects at Thar to resolve the water issue. Student, Mr. Danesh
Kumar, visited the sites of the ongoing solar powered water pump project &
completed projects of 16 hand pumps installed by NUST at Umerkot and
Tharparkar. The installation of water pumps is being completed in collaboration
with Association of Water, Applied Education & Renewable Energy (AWARE). Mr.
Danesh first visited the previously installed hand pumps in 16 location in
Umerkot and Tharpakar. The previously installed hand pumps were of Rs. 60,000
each and were installed in various villages of Umerkot and Tharparkar. The
total beneficiaries of the wells were 5028. First location of the visit was
Bheel colony UC one Umerkot . Hand pump is fully functional and community
members have been fetching water since its installation. The quality of water
is good and timely maintenance of the pump is ensured by the community members.
Mr. Danesh proceeded to village Haji Shoaib Sand. Here the location of hand
pump is of importance because it has been installed in the center, surrounded
by a mosque, a school and the residential area. The water quality is
satisfactory and condition of the pump is good too.
Danesh visited village Faqeer Abdullah, the
head quarter of UC where two hand pumps are installed. Here the importance of
the installation of hand pump can be understood by the fact that majority of
the population of this area were affected by cholera and pneumonia because of
the use of river water. After the successful installation of hand pump, these
diseases are nearly eliminated. Mr. Danesh along with the team from AWARE met
with community members and all 16 wells are fully functional and the lives of
the inhabitants of Thar have been made easier.