FRDP water video goes viral, attracts global media, humanitarian organizations
It is a landmark achievement for the Fast Rural Development Program (FRDP) when the leading newspapers of the world highlighted the work of installing solar-powered deep well at the desert Village Rohal, in drought prone Tharparkar district, Sindh province of Pakistan.
FRDP sought the help by US charity organization Paani and NBA star and humanitarian Kyrie Irving for this water facility, whose video had gone viral in which a community woman Daya Menghwar narrating her plight can be heard as saying, “it is very hot in our Thar. At day time, our body burns due to the heat of sand and wind.”
She adds that since it is hot, people have to drink water, and it is women’s responsibility to fill it up, and there is nothing they can do about it.
She further said, “the water is dirty. There are many insects in the water but we are forced to drink it in our homes.” This is what our life she added.
The video shows the kids enjoying washing their faces as the plant is built, whose wall reads a quote from the world’s most famous boxer Muhammad Ali, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”.
The same woman commented after the building of the new plant, “Paani and KAIFF have not given us water, but a new life”.
The Rohal village, comprising 200 households is situated at the sand dunes in Deeplo Taluka of Tharparkar district. The community people have received solar-powered well and solar lanterns under this project.
Kyrie Irving partnered up with the Paani Project to build a water plant in Pakistan’s Thar region, where majority of people depend on rain-fed agriculture and livestock rearing for livelihoods.
A video posted in one of the tweets highlighted the difficulties women face due to the shortage of water in Thar and how Irving’s initiative has helped them overcome the problem.