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USAID set up solar pumps for clean drinking water in District Noshki

Noshki:  Azat Foundation (AF) Balochistan in collaboration with USAID’s small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program (SGAFP) held project-launching ceremony of project at Noshki District Hall.

The ceremony was chaired by Executive Director Azat Foundation Mr. Zahid Ahmed Mengal and Deputy Commissioner Noshki Mr. Naseer Ahmed Nasir was Chief Guest.

Deputy Commissioner Noshki Naseer Ahmed Nasir, ED Azat Foundation Zahid Ahmed Mengal, District General Secretary National Party Mr. Zahir Jan Jamaldini, Member District Council Mir Jiyand Khan Mengal, Joint Secretary BNP Liaqat Sangat Baloch, General Secretary JUI Hafiz Abdullah Gorgaje, Ex Nazim U/C Daak Mir Hyder Khan Mengal and ExVoice President Pakistan Peoples Party (PPPP) Mir Sana Ullah Jamaldini got place for speeches.

Assistant Commissioner Noshki Mr. Younas Baloch was also present on the occasion.

Mr. Zahid Ahmed Mengal told during his speech that Azat Foundation (AF) Balochistan in collaboration with USAID’s Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program (SGAFP) is constructing surface water tanks and installing solar pumps to ensure safe and clean drinking water to the residents of seven villages and the population contiguous to these villages of District Noshki. A total number of 400 HHs as direct beneficiaries and more than 350 HHs as indirect beneficiaries will be benefited.

“The prime objective of this project is to cutback water borne diseases through provision of innovative and sustainable infrastructure and rising on good practices for safe drinking water and hygiene in the two UCs of Daak and Anambostan of tehsil and district Noshki Balochistan. Through this project AF is crafting drinking water supply schemesfunctional through renewable energy sources (i.e. Solar Energy).” Said Zahid Mengal 

Zahid Baloch said: “As Maximum of these tube wells (supply schemes) are non-functional either because of some fault in machinery or lack of financial resources on part of community to sustain the fuel (diesel), repair and maintenance costs. The proposed solution i.e. Solar Pumping will replace the exiting diesel engines installed on the tube wells with submersible well pump powered by solar panels.”

Deputy Commissioner and other speakers appreciated USAID for supporting this project and said that this project will not be a cause to decrease the water issue but will be the reason to decrease the educational, financial and health issue as well.

A huge number of Political, Social and Literary activists participated and appreciated USAID for this important initiative. They ensured that they will cooperate with USAID-AFB’ team members during project implementation.

Press release

Published in The Balochistan Point on June 6, 2014

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