For millions of families around the world, the water crisis affects every moment of every day. Meet Shekha. Shekha manages her family’s home while her husband works at a local textile mill. They have two children and live in the Fulbaria slum located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. For many years Shekha’s family has struggled without access to a safe water supply. There was a shallow tube well in their home, but during the dry season the water table declines therefore access to water was limited. Additionally, the water her family could get from the tube well was contaminated with iron and bacteria.
Without a proper supply at home each family member took turns retrieving water from a distant source. The trip to and from took twenty-five minutes each way, and their need for water required at least three trips per day. The time they spent collecting water was time they could not spend together. The family had to pay for this water and soon, it became clear this was not a sustainable solution.
Recently Water.org and DSK’s WaterCredit program was brought to Shekha’s attention by one of DSK’s Community Health Workers. The CHW explained how the program could help provide a water solution in her home. Shekha’s family, along with eighteen other families, took out WaterCredit to establish a submersible pump with an overhead tank in their home.
After the completion of Shekha’s project Water.org staff visited her to discuss the solution. As with the other families, Shekha and her husband expressed joy and thankfulness. Shekha told Water.org’s staff, “Earlier we had to suffer a lot for collection of safe drinking water. Now I am getting more time for cooking, washing clothes and other work due to not wasting time to collect water like earlier. Now I am spending my free time with my sons, traveling different places and meeting with relatives. We are very happy for getting access to sufficient clean water and we thank DSK and Water.org.”
This success story was made possible by generous grants from Johnson & Johnson and the Deutsche Bank of Americas Foundation.