Rewarding Innovation at Local Level

Coastal Communities in Rural Sindh

The Sindh Province has a coastline of approximately 350 kilometers, that comprised of east of Karachi and districts of Badin and Thatta. However both, Badin and Thatta are two hazard prone mainly rural districts of Sindh Province of Pakistan, lying between Thar Desert and coastal stretches of Arabian Sea. There are six coastal Talukas in Thatta and two in Badin. A chronology of disasters over the last five decades reveals that both of the aforesaid districts remained in the grip of uninterrupted cycle of disasters in one form or other. Cyclone, heavy rains and floods follow each other with short lived intervals. However, earthquake seems to be rare phenomenon proving to be less disastrous in its effects, in comparison to other hazards experienced by the communities at risk.

Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

Short Description

AHD raise funds for relief & rehabilitation and skills enhancement for rural poor communities affected by floods 2022 in Pakistan. Emergency support, AHD Nadi Filters units and fuel-efficient cooking stoves and capacity building training for rural women at their door step towards sustainable livelihood.

Association for Humanitarian Development (AHD) is a social community-based organization registered on May 17, 2003. The organization aims to work for disadvantaged and marginalized communities for sustainable development. Besides development work, AHD also provided humanitarian relief during floods and drought. For example, AHD supported more than 85,500 families with safe drinking water Nadi filters, food, shelter, medical and livelihood emergency support for Thatta, Sujawal, and Tando M. Khan, Mirpurkhas & Jacobabad districts during the floods of 2010, 2011 & 2012 and in 2022. AHD helped and Installed Nadi filter in flood affected families of Sindh Pakistan.

Current Situation of Flood affects areas

Intensified rainfall and flooding over the past months have worsened the fragile humanitarian situation of people in already affected areas, and brought devastation to areas previously spared the brunt of the severe monsoon weather. Preliminary information indicates major damage to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Food and Shelter infrastructure. Access to safe drinking water is a significant concern, and communities are increasingly resorting to open defecation, heightening the risk of water and sanitation-related diseases. Cases of diarrhea and water-borne diseases, respiratory infection, and skin diseases have already been reported.

AHD has solution for flood victims to deal with current flood situation.

Floodwaters are often contaminated with bacteria and chemicals. When conditions indicate the water may not be safe for drinking, AHD Installed Nadi filters to prevent any risk of water-borne illness. It is important to know how to protect yourself and your family from illnesses associated with the floodwaters. AHD has Provided them with Shelters, mosquito nets and soaps and as well as Food Bags (Ration) which includes wheat flour, pulses, rice, vegetable oil, a large tea pack. The bag of food will last a family of 25 days. After receiving food and non-food items and using Nadi filter water Mr. Allah Bux Shared his thoughts with AHD Team.

Nadi Filter Mud Pot Technology has no side effects

Nadi filter is a mud pot, have no side effects, people have had trainings of it in no. of countries like Pakistan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Nepal and many more, AHD call NGOs representatives and give them trainings and make them skilled so they can understand the structure of Nadi Filter.

Nadi Filter Technology is Sustainable

Nadi filter is a sustainable product mostly due to its design as it can be repaired with cement or mud if cracked or broken and can be used for a very long time. AHD has a lot of experience in Pakistan, there are case studies of Nadi filter being used for 15 years in all over Pakistan, mostly in the inner districts of Sindh and it can last up to 20 years even more, once made correctly.
Nadi filter is not a product we want to sell, it’s a skill training, once acquired by people, they can make filters on their own, the plus point here is that once they make AHD’s Nadi Filter themselves, they’ll be able to keep it maintain and functional forever. AHD usually provides around 1-to-2-day training sessions in which our experts teach and demonstrate local people; How to construct a Nadi filter.
The purpose of teaching the mechanism of Nadi Filter to local people is so happy that they can drink safe and hygienic water limitlessly without depending upon other people to provide for them. This way they won’t have to drink contaminated water and can prevent water-borne diseases.
Once some Nadi filter units or models installed in local villages. It will be easy to get in NGOs, INGO and Govt. as well, Nadi filters have multiple impact on rural communities, the people who use market filters, they drink Chlorinated or Carbohydrate water which is not safe for their health as it has minerals in it too, the people purchase market filters which cost them a lot of money and they usually malfunction every 3 to 6 months and they have to repair it, these problems repeat over and over again.

Nadi Filter Demonstration

Pictures of the Nadi filter unit are in use since 2006-2007 to onwards in Sindh Pakistan