The Oobah Project

After three decades of wartime destruction and neglect, every facet of Afghanistan's infrastructure is in disarray. Access to safe drinking water was a serious issue even before the war, and the war has further deteriorated the availability of drinking water, as well as sanitation facilities in Afghanistan. Based on statistics provided by the Government of Afghanistan, only 20 percent of Afghans across the country have access to safe drinking water in cities and villages. The water they drink is often unsanitary and leads to many waterborne illnesses, diarrhea and dysentery. Poor hygiene practices, lack of access to sanitation and clean water contribute to poor health and high prevalence of diarrhea, a major cause of child mortality in Afghanistan


The Oobah Project, "oobah" meaning water in Pashto, serves to provide assistance for the installation and maintenance of clean water delivery systems, specifically water well pumps, in rural villages in Afghanistan.


Completed Projects:

The Oobah Project has thus far cosponsored one well with the Kabul University School of Engineering. We are proud to say they now have water for agriculture. The university plans to install a water pump and a reservoir at their own cost.


We have also completed construction of three brand new wells and have repaired two broken water well pumps in Qarabagh, Kabul, Afghanistan. The first well in Bagh Areq, Qarabagh is in the middle school for the students. The school currently has one well, but that one well serves more than 150 students and with only a few minutes of "tafreh" (break), it is not accessible to everyone. The second well is located in Qalaye Qulukhaq, Qarabagh, Afghanistan. This well serves 20-30 households and is publicly available for everyone to use. The third well is located in the madrassah, or religious school, of Bagh Areq, Qarabagh.  


Current projects:

A water well pump will be built in Terah, Paktia, Afghanistan. About 20-30 households that live on the edge of the Terah mountains near the Terah pass do not have easy access to safe drinking water. This well will provide that water for them.


Each well costs approximately $1,500-2,000 and project costs include not only equipment and machinery, but labor as well. Different types of machinery are necessary to dig into the earth and then to build the water well pump.


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For more information please email [email redacted].             


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