Water is a vital resource, indispensable to life, essential for overall economic and social development of a country. Access to safe water is considered an inalienable right for its people, thus making its provision a top priority of the Government of Pakistan. Water is an essential element for our survival. However rapid population growth, urbanization and unsustainable water consumption practices have placed immense stress on the quality as well as the quantity of water resources in the country.
Only 40% of rural population in Pakistan has access to water for drinking and other purposes. 65% of villagers still drink canal water, well water or water from water courses. More than 40 million people do not have access to toilet, forcing them to defecate in the open. The use of the contaminated water has resulted in increased waterborne diseases and other health issues and disorders. The only option for marginalized communities of rural areas with limited water resources is to drink water from the contaminated sources
Caritas Pakistan is committed to support the people affected by the floods in Pakistan and urge the international community to support early recovery and follow through on the response. Much work has to be done when people return to their flood struck abodes. Women and children are most vulnerable to post disaster affects and the prevalent patriarchal culture simply adds to it. Work load of women , who are already multitasked in running house affairs, greatly increase when they have to fetch the water from far flung areas. Whereas absences of toilet pose major challenge to women in maintaining their privacy and they prefer to go at night.