Last year I worked on a rural development project in Pakistan for 30 handpumps and here is my story.
There is a small village (about 500 families) in district Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where Afghan refugees had settled for about 20 years, once they left, the land soil had been utterly destroyed for conventional farming and the wells had also dried. As a result, parents weren’t sending their kids to the local school and sent them off to the closest river about to collect water for farming, washing etc.
The village formed a committee (community organisation) and submitted to the local council for handpumps to be installed all over the village. Continue reading