Guest Post: Working on UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 through Water Education in Pakistan

REEDS taught students at local schools about water conservation and responsible water useREEDS taught students at local schools about water conservation and responsible water use By Zakia Malik, Rural Education and Economic Development Society (REEDS)

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that only 36 percent of Pakistan’s 200 million people have access to safe drinking water.  That figure drops to 32 percent in the areas that our NGO, the Rural Education and Economic Development Society (REEDS), serves. Given that the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 commits the world to ensure that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, the REEDS team aims to spread awareness about water-related issues, from safe drinking water to the efficient use of water at schools and in homes in rural Pakistan.

Walk for Water events encouraged awareness of water issuesWalk for Water events encouraged awareness of water issues After a decade of working for the poor and marginalized, REEDS has become a respected development and humanitarian organization in Pakistan. It has been consistent and effective in its response to the immediate and long-term needs of the rural farmer community living in poverty and those affected by disasters.

A tree-planting campaign engaged the farm community, nonprofits, teachers and children by helping them plant trees, with the goal of enhancing biodiversityA tree-planting campaign engaged the farm community, nonprofits, teachers and children by helping them plant trees, with the goal of enhancing biodiversity For World Water Day in March, REEDS conducted a total of 10 awareness-raising activities, three “walks for water”, three awareness sessions in schools and the dissemination of World Water Day-themed posters in three educational institutes of UC 45-P and Bagho Bahar. This work exposed members of the community—especially women in agriculture, school officials, teachers and students—to the importance of World Water Day as well as the water crisis. The activities also encouraged participants to take action on an individual basis to save water and encourage water conservation in others.

The REEDS team also launched a tree planting campaign that engaged the farm community as well as various nonprofits, teachers and children. Dozens of different types of plants were planted at various locations and schools, with the goal of enhancing biodiversity. The local community participated in the campaign with great energy and enthusiasm.

REEDS is a Project WET partner in Pakistan.

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