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    To date, Hidaya has installed over 5,000 water hand pumps and distributed over 30 million liters of water via the water tanker to benefit hundreds of thousands of people!

     

    Lack of clean water is a major problem in developing countries. Water-borne diseases are rampant in economically depressed areas because clean running water (typically provided by the municipalities) is simply not available.  Hidaya provides clean drinking water to people under the following efforts:

     

    Delivery with Water Tanker

    Many cities with dense populations lack adequate fresh water because municipalities which should be supplying them are failing due to decaying infrastructure and rising population. For such instances, Hidaya has started delivering water to the masses free-of-charge via water tankers which are filled with fresh water from our own wells. Currently, we have 3 water tankers in operation making deliveries throughout small cities 5 times a day, 6 days a week so that people in that locality will not have to fight with each other over scarce water sources. It costs just $10 per round for a 1,200 gallon tanker to give water to hundreds of people.

     

    Water Hand Pump
    Until recent centuries, all artificial wells were pump-less dug wells which were excavated with diameters large enough to accommodate men with shovels digging down to below the water table. Such wells were at times lined with stones or bricks; extending this lining into a wall around the well to reduce both contamination and injuries by falling into the well. Modern dug wells are hand pumped.

    While the cost of drilling is directly proportional to the depth of the water table, the average cost of installing a hand pump at maximum depth of 130 ft. (40 meters), along with maintenance of the hand pump for 5 years is approximately $300.

     

    Hidaya installs water hand pumps in the residences of poor families we assist under projects such as No Orphan without Education, Widow/Orphan Support, Sadaqah (Charity), and Zakat (Obligatory Charity), as well as in schools we operate under Support Hidaya Schools.

     

    Deep Well (Drilled Wells)
    Deep wells (drilled wells) can get water from a much deeper level by mechanical drilling. Drilled wells with electric pumps are currently used throughout the world, typically in rural or sparsely populated areas. Most shallow well drilling machines are mounted on large trucks or trailers. Such wells typically range from 20 to 600 feet (6 to 180 meters), but in some areas can go deeper than 3,000 feet (910 meter). Deep wells over 600 feet (180 meters) with purification plant costs $30,000 or more. Currently, Hidaya is working to provide a deep well in the Shahdad Kot district in Pakistan. For more information on the Qambar-Shahdad Kot Water Project, click here.

     

     

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    Hidaya gives seedlings to students, farmers and communities to encourage tree planting activity.  It costs only $1 to plant and grow a tree. In addition Hidaya also provides brochures explaining the ecological benefits of trees and instructions how to successfully nurture them.


    For each school and community, Hidaya team members are responsible for implementing and coordinating tree planting projects successfully, then monitoring, and reporting on the survival rate of trees every month. This process allows Hidaya to gain a good understanding of the issues and critical success factors so appropriate improvements can be made during future planting seasons.

     

    Vegetables for Healthy Living:
    In Pakistan, Hidaya is also distributing seeds of vegetables to students interested in growing their own vegetables at no cost.  These vegetables typically grow as vines that spread over roof tops and walls requiring no extra open space and include:

    • Opo/Kadoo/Lauki (Gourd)
    • Zucchini/Toori/Turai
    • Cucumber/Kheera/Kaakri

     

     

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  • As concerned citizens of world, we at Hidaya deeply care about environmental issues that collectively affect all of us. Expanding energy is a key factor that impacts the environment in many ways. While it is a crucial part of today’s economy and life, the production and availability of electricity from traditional sources is getting more expensive and the use of sources such as coal negatively impact our environment. Hidaya is actively looking for ways to make an damage on reducing the alarming levels of escalating environmental impact around the globe by promoting the use of alternate energy sources.

    To accomplish its objectives, Hidaya is working on two fronts:

    - Implement and showcase ways to reduce energy consumption by using a variety of alternative energy options in its own facilities in USA, as well as in offices around the world. These options would include, but not limited to, solar and wind power.

    - To help create awareness about the technology, practical devices, methods and benefits of conservation in the usage of current energy sources. This will be accomplished through education and hands on training to less developed countries around the globe. Hidaya may also support those entrepreneurs who are genuinely interested in creating business opportunities in the use of alternate energy technologies that would benefit the poor and needy.

    The ever-escalating cost of electricity in Pakistan, coupled with long blackouts, has created serious problems for businesses and the public alike. Children can’t study at nights, businesses can’t operate IT equipment consistently and productivity is at all time low. While Hidaya can’t solve this enormous problem on its own, it plans to address the issues at local/regional levels to the fullest capacity.

    Currently, Hidaya office in Hyderabad/Jamshoro (Sind) is already self-sufficient in production and usage of electricity produced using a wind mill, installed in 2007. This wind mill produces enough electricity to meet lighting, cooling and IT equipment operations. Hidaya has acquired four additional wind mills which will be installed in other Hidaya facilities in Pakistan.

    Hidaya is also exploring various options for the use of solar energy for lighting and cooking in the larger community. Possibilities are many, but we want to make sure that the solutions we propose and implement are affordable and have a sustainable impact. Rechargeable LED solar lanterns, community solar cooking equipment and power backup technology are some of the options under consideration. Please check this section on our website regularly to get updates on our progress on this important issue.

    To see pictures of Green Energy project Click Here

Sitara-e-Isaar Awarded to Hidaya Foundation

The partner organization of Hidaya Trust, Hidaya Foundation was awarded Sitara-i-Eisaar (Star of Sacrifice) by the Government of Pakistan, in recognition of the results-oriented relief efforts of both the organizations during the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. It was awarded during a special ceremony held at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, DC.

In Keeping with our commitment to the communities in which Hidaya Trust operates, it hires its work force as an equal opportunity employer.  It means that employment decisions are based on merit and business needs and not on race, color, status in the society, ancestry, sex, age, religion, creed and marital status.