Solar-Powered Clean Water

$5,605 of $12k goal

Raised by 37 people in 14 months
Hamza Farrukh  NEW YORK, NY
After two successful installations, we are now collecting donations for a third water pump!

What are you trying to do?

Provide a sustainable, maintenance-free and free supply of clean water to water-distressed communities.

1 pump = clean, safe water for 25 years for 2,000 people, daily!

This amounts to a staggering 492 million servings of water over the life of the pump for just $5,000 dollars!

What, How?!

By installing solar-powered drilled water pumps; this is a new, unique and simple solution to a global problem.

Its revolutionary if you ask our enthusiastic team!

Hmm, how does the pump work? 

Well,  see for yourself in this short 3-min documentary:

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No need for extensive power supply infrastructure or any expensive equipment.

We harbor the sun's energy to get clean water. Simple as that. 

and a lot of people liked the idea...

(like national news kind of like)

...and they also took a TV interview (pretty cool, eh?) 

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(its in Pakistan's national language though)

Here's why this matters and why we need YOU!

16 million people in Pakistan, and 780 million people worldwide still lack access to clean water (UNICEF 2015).

Water affects not just your health, but entire way of life -- 

Imagine mothers and fathers making the difficult decision to send their kids to fetch water from wells miles away instead of sending them to school! 

(something we realized when the literacy rate in our first village shot up right after we installed this pump!)

Similarly, the economic prodcutivity of the region picked up right after. 

We had not seen either of those coming.

We also realized that water is not "political" enough.

When was the last time you heard a politician running on a platform of clean water? Similarly, no media channel really covers lack of water as "news." 

All in all, it falls on us, the global citizens, to lead this fight for this very, very basic right to clean water for under-resourced communities. 

The organizers are all young professionals intent on making an impact on the world, and 100% of the proceeds go to clean water provision.

Feel free to shoot any questions to:
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Update 6
Posted by Hamza Farrukh
3 months ago
Today we sat down with the Council leaders of Jhunghal village where we will iA be installing the next Solar-Powered Water Pump. The village of roughly 100 homes has been suffering from a water crises for more than a decade and a steady decrease in groundwater levels has meant that less powerful hand pumps have been rendered inoperable. The town is ecstatic that they will soon have an unrestricted and sustainable supply of clean drinking water.

Work on drilling is to begin tomorrow, followed shortly by the installation of the solar equipment.

It is my conviction that enabling safe and convenient access to clean water will not only fulfill this fundamental need, but will go on to affect lives in all the numerous facets that hydration and steady health underlie. This is to say that I expect an increase in economic yields as farmers spend more time tending to their stock and lands. More care-free classrooms when young students can focus on learning, unhindered by thirst. And many more reasons to come together and celebrate as the community gains a sense of self-confidence and takes ownership of their water supply. The benefits are limitless.

The BondheShams - Solar Powered Clean Water team intends to survey the community and measure these expected shifts in economic fortunes over the coming months.

I thank everyone who has, and continues to step forward to support us.
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Update 5
Posted by Hamza Farrukh
7 months ago
Summer Update:

The video below shows a small Chasma from one of the mountainous towns in the Murree area. We have been surveying communities such as this one for the past couple of weeks and the team has been working diligently to lay the groundwork for the next successful solar water pump installation.

The pre-fixture checklist includes, amongst others, a number of logistical markers for instance, land availability near neighborhood centers, support from local leadership (to ensure a long-lasting, self-sustaining communal solution), feasibility of equipment transportation and groundwater testing to ensure a safe and clean supply of water.

In addition, we have been trying to get as many one-on-one sit downs with different members of the community to better understand their needs so that we can fine-tune our project plan accordingly.

InShaAllah, we will continue the work as people return from the holidays, and continue our fight against the global water crisis one solar-powered water pump at a time.

Hope everyone has wonderful Eid holidays :)
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Update 4
Posted by Hamza Farrukh
11 months ago
What a stellar response, alhumdulillah. We have already crossed our original target of raising $5,000 and are only $170 shy of the $5,500 goal. A big shoutout MazaNYC and JRM Foundation for their continued support and encouragement.

iA I will be suspending the campaign soon as we hit $5,500 (so this might be your last chance to be part of this innovative, clean water provision plan!).

The focus soon will be on implementing our vision. Stay tuned for more updates as the summer continues :)

P.S: here's what the drilling machine looks like
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Update 3
Posted by Hamza Farrukh
11 months ago
4 step process to Eternal Happiness:

1) have a good nights sleep
2) drink plenty of water in the morning and skip that cup of Starbucks
3) Donate that 5/6 bucks to this campaign instead
4) Brag to your colleagues/ friends that you helped bring a sustainable supply of clean water to a deserving community.

If the above rise-and-shine technique doesn't work, just live through a groggy morning and skip to step 3.

Eternal Happiness is at hand. Embrace it.

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$5,605 of $12k goal

Raised by 37 people in 14 months
Created February 20, 2016
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Hamza, we're so honored again to donate a portion of proceeds from Halal Happy Hour to your water project and can't wait to see the impact it makes.

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