Accordingly, being a citizen of a developing country, tackling with substantial world issue should be our prime objective, which is why I believe that this idea of installing clean water throughout the Dhaka city was absolutely incredible.
In a city that is constantly in motion, Dhaka thrives with the hard and strenuous labor of lower income groups. As the heat rises, and the temperature continues to reach record figures. Poor pedestrians suffer from dehydration and heat stroke as they lack proper access to clean and affordable drinking water. Rickshaw pullers, beggars and people from low income groups can barely afford to spend money on clean drinking water with the little income they have left after spending on food and shelter.
Footsteps organisation, a youth empowered social enterprise based in Dhaka, believes that creating free access to clean drinking water can provide an avenue for social development in a country ripe for development. It is also a large step in the right direction in the fight against absolute poverty. Making drinking water more accessible will allow people to carry on with their lives so that they can dedicate their time and effort into activities that lead to more beneficial outcomes. This means that once you take your mind off from securing access to basic necessities for your family, you can then pay full attention towards improving your income and standard of living.
In one of Footsteps’ recent ventures, Project Trishna addresses a crucial social problem in our community - free access to clean drinking water. Using the platform of cultural social responsibility, the organisation has set up water filtration systems all over the city and by engaging numerous local and regional business entities in the project. The organisation was successful in efficiently implementing this particular project.
It is a prime opportunity for local businesses to engage in cultural social responsibility and in the process, enhance their image. Footsteps’ active volunteer base played a crucial role in engaging the business entities in Project Trishna. With around 30 water filtration systems in different locations of the city, the project is providing more than 1000 liters of free clean drinking water each day to mainly the urban poor of Dhaka.
Focusing on the urban evolution of a country like Bangladesh, it should be noted that the public health of the citizens play a vital role which can help the country develop. Project Trishna therefore brings out one of the greatest solutions which can help to resist the power of different diseases from spreading out. It promotes public health by preventing people to drink contaminated water and spreading water based diseases. The installation of water filters located at different places all around Dhaka city, will enable the citizens to have access to clean water regardless of wherever they are leading to economic development of the country.
In addition, the platform of CSR allows private corporations to address this issue effectively. The private corporations will be aware of the benefits of such water filters and therefore will be keen to invest on such projects leading to a sustainable development of country. Such private sector involvement will not only direct to greater investments but will also ensure that the water which is being filtered is absolutely pure and are serviced on a monthly basis.
Being one of the volunteers, it can be stated that this project strives to bring a change to this nation and develop the community as a whole. It targets to build up a union where people will be able to comprehend the importance of having clean and hygienic water.
Nowadays, thirst leads to rapid purchase of any mineral water sold in grocery stores or mini marts. Are we aware of the processing of those water brands? Are we even bothered to have a look whether the “mineral” water is too old to consume or not? Not really. Our negligence has lead to different kind of diseases like diarrhea, chorea etc.
Now when the the entire society along with volunteers and private corporations, unite together as a whole and take strategies to make this world a better place to live in, we should make sure that our actions create a path towards achievement of our desires. This project will not only help people to lead a more prosperous life but also turn out to be effective to the vehicle controllers, pedestrians and rickshaw pullers etc as they will have access to their basic necessity.
I felt so contented the other day when I caught sight of a CNG driver being able to drink water from one of those filters, that waiting for 10 minutes for my car to arrive didn’t even make me feel impatient, instead enlightened me as I felt proud to be a part of the Footsteps’ family.
One of the massive problems the world is facing is starvation and having lack of water, especially occurring in third world countries like Somalia, Sudan etc. One drop of water will equal to many liters of water to them, as they strive for a living.