True empowerment is twofold. It is not only providing resources, but also providing the knowledge to utilize those resources. Our work in the pursuit of sanitary water and healthcare equity has consistently demonstrated to us that if we are to systematically alleviate the water crises across Pakistan, we need to invest in the education of our young people. We need to build education systems that positively shift the mentality toward positive health seeking behavior for the upcoming generation. Our work in Pakistan has also reminded us that this the growing water crisis is not an isolated incident in one country, but one that devastates millions of lives across the developing world. It is hard for us to watch our brothers and sisters in neighboring countries struggle with the water crisis while currently provide over 25,000 people with drinking water in Pakistan.
For our 2020 international capstone, we dedicated selective grant-based funds towards public health projects in the Levant region for children refugee populations. We provided water bottles and soccer balls, along with a hygiene curriculum that can emphasize positive health seeking behavior.
With the building of classrooms supplemented with products fostering positive health behaviors, Paani is now able to implement lectures, info-sessions, and coloring books to these child refugees. Empowering and educating a group of future leaders one step at a time.
Within Pakistan, Paani has ensured that every well that ever been built through Paani has been supplemented with a hygiene education seminar, dedicated to teaching community members how to not only maintain the well, but implement positive health behaviors within their own lives. These seminars significantly increase the longevity of these wells and also empowers the community to take care of themselves from preventable but contagious diseases like diarrhea.