Clean Water Initiative in Afghanistan
Updated: Jun 8, 2022
Our Vice-President of Public health and Communications, Sophia Qamari, has family who lives in Mazar-I-Sharif, Afghanistan. Water contamination in newly built wells is a serious concern in this region because of rudimentary water and sanitation systems built in the aftermath of war. Currently, there are two wells that are used by the public, one has been installed at a local Mosque and the other is located by a street. Much of the public is under the impression that once a well is installed it suggests that they now have access to clean water, which we know is not always the case. HEAL decided to launch our first global project in this community. We intend to pilot well water testing kits that will be translated in Farsi. This will provide over 300 individuals using these wells with the ability to ensure consumable water quality. Our team has researched testing kits and raised funds to procure the necessary supplies. One we assemble the kits we will proceed with translating the instructions and educate the local public health individuals on how to use them.