Our current projects

 

Many basic essentials are in dismally short supply in Bangladesh. This is an overview of our projects, both those completed and those being planned.

Project #2 2018 – Clean drinking water

More wells for Bangladesh

We’ve started a collaboration with the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh). Led by the well known Professor Dr. Kazi Matin Ahmed, students of the geology faculty are surveying existing wells in rural areas. If this well delivers clean water, it is marked green on the map. But if it delivers water contaminated with arsenic, it is marked red and soon replaced by a deep well.

We fund the costs of these deep wells. They are built in central village locations, so that as many people as possible have access to them. The building works are organised by Dr. Kazi Matin Ahmed and carried out by local companies. After construction, the students check if the new wells are up to specification. The students bring the know-how which they have gained into their work with the faculty. Currently ten new deep wells in rural areas have been foreseen.

Projekt #1 2018 – Bildung

Third deep well for Sakrail

During our project trip in january 2018, we took samples from the various wells of Sakrail and had them analysed in Germany. The east side of Sakrail, where we have already built two wells, is populated mainly by Moslems. On the west side mainly Hindus live, and both groups share a friendly and relaxed relationship with each other.

The Laboratory Analysis of water from a well in the Hindu community (see photo) showed it contains a high level of manganese, which can cause health problems when ingested over a long period. Thus we decided to also replace this well with a deep well. A further reason for this decision was to prevent the Hindu community becoming jealous of the Muslim community.

Successfully completed projects

 

Thanks to your financial contributions and the active support of our friends in Bangladesh, we’ve been able to complete the following projects. And that’s something we’re glad to be able to say!

Project #2 2017 – Clean drinking water

A second deep well in Sakrail

After the building of the first well in Sakrail in 2016 went so smoothly,  we decided to build a second well there in order to provide more people with clean drinking water. The building works started in November 2017 and were completed in Januray 2018. The platform on which the hand pump was mounted is larger than that of the first well, and even offers seating. Thus people can easily also wash clothes and cutlery there.

The second well was also drilled deep enough, the concentration of arsenic in its water is below the threshhold of 10μg/Liter (WHO limit for arsenic in drinking water). This was proven by a later Laboratory analysis of the water sample in Germany. Thanks to this second deep well, now a total of more than 400 people have access to clean and free drinking water – a great success!

Project #1 2017 – Education

Support for the primary school in Sakrail

On our project visit in Janury 2018, we did’nt use our free 30 kilo luggage allotment for ourselves, instead we took writing and learning material and play items for the children of the primary school in Sakrail. These we handed directly to the schoolkids, who could hardly believe theier luck! Things which we take for granted, like a writing pad or crayons, is anything but normal for the children there. We also distributed toothbrushes and toothpaste. The teachers got a brief schooling on hygiene, and we handed out disinfecting handwash and informative material from the German Center for Hygiene Education (in english).

Project #1 2016 – clean drinking water

Our first project – a deep well

After in-depth consideration, and exchange with our coordinator in Bangladesh, we’ve financed the building of a deep well in Sakrail. It was completed in August 2016. Three months later, Elisabeth and Claas flew to Sakrail to see this first project for themselves. They were very enthusiastic about the implementation and the high acceptance of the well by local people. Thanks to the new deep well, the locals must no longer fetch their drinking water from stagnant ponds oder polluted rivers, instead they have easy and free access to clean water.

We had a sample analysed in a German laboratory, to be certain that the well had been drilled deep enough and did not have arsenic in the water. The amounts of heavy metals contained is within limits, the concentration of arsenic is well under the WHO-limit of 10μg/Liter. The only exception is a slightly high value for iron. The reason for this limit is not for health concerns (the WHO would not have a limit for health reasons); rather it is to do with how water is used, e.g. to prevent pipes clogging up with iron deposit. Find out details in the Laboratory analysis.