Each day when Mohiuddin leaves for work his wife begins her walks to collect water. She is only able to bring home what she can carry on her back; the amount needed for laundry, bathing, cooking, drinking etc. require more than one trip. She makes at least three trips a day to a distant tube well. This well she frequents is owned by another family, who thus far, have allowed Mohiuddin’s wife to collect water from their property. While their country of Bangladesh has made commendable progress in supplying safe water to its people, disparity in coverage still exists across the country. For some villages access is not an issue, as much as the quality of the water. For Mohiuddin’s family who reside in Savar, both issues present a daily obstacle.
Through Water.org’s work in Bangladesh, specifically in the villages surrounding Dhaka, Mohiuddin recently learned about how he could construct a submersible pump at home, thereby resolving his family’s daily struggle to secure water. Now that his family has their own water source, Mohiuddin can leave for work knowing his wife will remain safe at home caring for their children. He shared her comments of satisfaction after the pump was installed. She said, “Now I am getting more time for my household work, and I can take care of our children. We can even share water with our neighbors.”