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    Catching the water, watering the gardens

    Day 199

    Harvesting the Rain

    Conserving water is important everywhere, but it’s especially important in dry climates where water is particularly scarce and precious. This holds true for many parts of Pakistan, like Islamabad or Lahore, urban centers where water access is different from community to community.

    This concern came up in many of the communities that we visited.

    “We are especially concerned about water here in our community,” said Fazal Ahmed, an older man in a neighborhood of Islamabad called Muslim Colony, “We only have access to a government-regulated borehole that is on from 7:00-9:00am and otherwise do not have regular access to water. It makes it very difficult for us to grow vegetables because we cannot water them.”

    Water catchment systems are a common and well-established practice throughout much of Islamabad, so we decided to help bring practices to some of the non-formal schools we work with by buying them their own rain water catchment systems!

    The catchments could be used to water their gardens, freeing up some water from the wells to be consumed by people.

    This change made possible by Mankind Is My Business


    Meet Sam!

    Sam developed an interest in forced displacement, food, and identity while working on her MA. She’s now using this knowledge to support Changemakers 365 on food security and agricultural projects across our countries. When she’s not off on a work trip, she’s busy fermenting beverages, training for half marathons, or listening to podcasts at her home in Minneapolis.


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