Qatar Charity marks World Water Day to highlights importance of freshwater
Qatar Charity (QC) marked World Water Day, which is an annual UN observance day celebrated on March 22, to highlights the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
The current year’s theme, ‘Water and Climate Change’, shows how water and climate change are linked to each other.
As Qatar Charity believes that water is essential to life, it attaches significant attention to the water and sanitation in draught-hit areas.
Qatar Charity has implemented more than 50,000 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects over the past two decades to provide safe water and sanitation facilities for more than 6 million people in more than 44 countries across the globe. It has also constructed 40,000 wells to bring safe water to people in need in 44 countries.
In Pakistan, Qatar Charity has drilled 72 artesian wells, and built two toilets and an ablution area in Shorkot, Pakistan last year. This project has contributed to combating waterborne diseases and improving the health and environmental level in the area.
In Sudan, Qatar Charity has set up a water plant last year in the Al Abbas Village of Wad Hamid in the River Nile State to benefit 18,000 people and protect them from waterborne diseases, aiming at contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in water and sanitation.
The water plant, which was implemented at the cost of $540,000, has a production capacity of 1,800m3 per day. Qatar Charity has also implemented many water plant projects previously in the River Nile State.
In Somalia, Qatar Charity drilled 163 artesian wells in the drought-hit areas during 2019, benefiting 446,484 affected people in the country.
In Albania, Qatar Charity has drilled 66 deep wells equipped with submersible electric pumps to provide water for drinking and domestic use. This project was implemented in five different cities with a total value of approximately one million Qatari riyals, benefiting 28,000 people. These wells provide safe drinking water to 66 schools and health centers, reducing diseases and easing economic burdens on the population.
In Nepal, 600 wells were drilled at a cost of almost two million Qatari riyals, benefiting 3,600 people.
The total value of the water projects and relief campaigns implemented by Qatar Charity for those affected by drought in 2019 amounted to nearly 11.5 million Qatari riyals, benefiting more than 550,000 people.