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The MAAWS/IMANA Pure Drinking Water & Sanitation Project has expanded into the village of Barahipur in Sonaimuri, Bangladesh. During flood seasons, the land becomes overtaken by the unsanitary water because of its low elevation. To prevent the spread of waterborne diseases and keep drinking water sanitary and accessible all year long, a series of tubes wells free of arsenic contamination have been installed around the village for local residents.
MAAWS is striving to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals: Ensuring environmental sustainability by reducing half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water. The UN has declared 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation. In addition to tube wells, sanitary toilets have been installed as well. MAAWS is also trying to meet the UN’s goal of reducing the number of people without access to basic sanitation.
Local and national media covered the Health for Villagers ® Program inaugural event at Sonaimuri, Bangladesh.
Nearly ten million children in the world die every year from preventable causes due to lack of access to necessary health care. MAAWS Health Complex aims to reduce that figure by providing primary health care to villagers in rural Bangladesh.
Over 30,000 people in the Senbagh/Begumganj area of Noakhali, Bangladesh do not have access to basic health care. The closest hospital is 6 kilometers away. Diabetes and other preventable diseases run rampant because of the lack of primary care. Newborns and mothers die during childbirth because of the lack of maternal care and adequately trained birth attendants. The MAAWS Health complex will provide primary health care to approximately 2,000 patients, mostly farmers and villagers, a month. How can you help? Click here
MAAWS plans to install 25 tube wells increasing the accessibility to safe drinking water to 2,500 people in the village of Earpur in Senbagh, Noakhali, Bangladesh.
At least 3,500 villagers are without access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Floods, natural disasters, poor sanitation and arsenic contamination of water further exacerbate inaccessibility and scarcity of safe drinking water. Also poverty is wide spread problem: 2,000 villagers are living on less than $2 a day. Many have to travel far only to get water from contaminated ponds. How can you help? Click here
Due to socio-economic and cultural barriers in rural villages, women do not have the means to obtain a stable source of income. Since there are no job opportunities, women stay at home while men work outside. Seeing families trapped in a cycle of poverty, MAAWS started the Sewing Training Project in 2002. Young women, students, housewives take a three month course for a small nominal fee where they learn every step of garments production.
Trained to meet the demands of today’s fashion industry in Bangladesh, many have presented themselves to be part of a capable workforce for the local garments market. Training with the project has now given many women a stable source of income to support their families. For many it is the only source of income. How can you help? Click here