Banu and her daughters: a new beginning

The pond water I was forced to get water from previously was very dirty with a bad smell. And due to my distant walks to collect water, sometimes I was late to work. But after the installation of the deep tube well water system, we are able to get safe water much more quickly and don’t have water-borne diseases anymore.

For 20 years, Banu has been living in her Bangladeshi slum of Begunbari with her two daughters. Her husband died 15 years ago. She works as a housemaid.

Because she did not have a water system near her home, Banu used to collect water from her best option – a dirty pond 20 minutes away. She had to make this 40 minute round trip two or three times a day for her family. This water was for all of her family’s bathing, cleaning, and other household needs.

But today, things are different for Banu and her daughters. Only months ago, a new deep tube well was completed in her community. Last year, Water.org and its local partner DSK began to work in the area. Banu and some of her neighbors took out a WaterCredit loan so they could have clean water close to home.

“The pond water I was forced to get water from previously was very dirty with a bad smell,” Banu said. “And due to my distant walks to collect water, sometimes I was late to work. But after the installation of the deep tube well water system through the assistance of DSK and Water.org, we are able to get safe water much more quickly. Now I have enough water for all my household purposes. Before this well, my daughters and I would suffer from diarrhea, jaundice, dysentery and skin diseases because of the dirty water from the pond. By the blessing of God, we don’t have these water-borne diseases anymore.”

  • Chandana, Community Health Promoter

This program was made possible by Johnson & Johnson.

Capital: Dhaka
Population of 160 million
20 million lack access to safe water
63 million lack access to improved sanitation
77% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day
Bangladesh