South Asian Sports Network announces a new initiative. Working in conjunction with Abdullah Aid and other organizations like it. SASN has begun to work with league members to build water pumps.
Through community outreach to the players and the greater community the league is pushing to build water pumps in impoverished areas.
The first area that the league has targeted to build these water pumps is the country of Sri Lanka.
With League members responding to the call through South Asian Sports Networks efforts currently
5 pumps have been completed
13 more are under construction
120 have been committed and are awaiting approval
According to an article in the Huffington Post
1.8 billion people around the world don’t have access to safe water and 2.4 billion (32% of the world’s population) lack access to adequate sanitation. Women and children spend more than 4 hours walking for water each day, and more than 840,000 people die each year from water-related disease. 500,000 children die from drinking contaminated water.
This ties into the the leagues earlier announcement of aligning themselves with the Domestic Harmony Foundation. This project has another major focus. Women are increasingly the ones who are in charge of gathering water for their families. These walks can be as much as 10 miles a day. This leaves women increasingly vulnerable to assault. Having water pumps in their rural villages allows the community to stay closer and local thus alleviating the potential threat.
The league has committed to tackling this issue by building 12 water pumps this year. The response from the community has been better than expected with over 10 wells being ordered to be built and a commitment for another 100 pumps!
If you want to join the community who is donating $11 per month for a water well. Please contact us for this project. With $11 per month you join a community that is building pumps all over the world.