In Bangladesh, approximately one third of the country’s population of 146 million people is drinking ground water from shallow tube wells containing 10 to 50 times the amount of arsenic that is considered safe, creating a massive humanitarian problem. This contamination has been recognized since the mid-nineties and many discussions have been held and research conducted, but as yet, no large-scale solution has been found and implemented.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission has been working with arsenic mitigation since long as part of its water and sanitation program. In line with GoB initiative, DAM facilitates screening of arsenic contaminated shallow tube wells and installation of arsenic free deep hand tube well in its working area including vast coastal belt of Bangladesh. Simultaneously, DAM is also taking initiative to install small arsenic removal plants for the arsenic affected vulnerable communities which are either excluded from GoB facilities or are not getting access to safe water due to difficult geo-hydrological condition. Jessore and Satkhira is the most vulnerable for Arsenic Contamination. DAM selected this area for implementation of its arsenic removal plant when DAM-UK showed its interest to finance in this projectGoal and Objective:
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Who the project will serve/is serving (gender disaggregated data if possible by category of recipients) – Run by the Community
Project Duration: Continuous
Start date: 2008 to Continue
Financial partner (Donor): DAM Charity
Project Location/s and number of Field offices: (Hayetpur, Chowgasa, Jessore) (Khotiakhaly, Kesobpur, Jessore) (Kondroppur, Mongolcode, Kessobpur, Jessore) (Bosuntiea, Mongolcode, Kessobpur,Jessore) (Jessore Sadar) (Brojobaksha, Kalaroa, Satkhira), No field Office.
Budget with annual breakup: This Project is DAM Charity so when a fund is received from DAM-UK it is take an initiative to install a Plant. So annual budget is difficult.
Number of project staffs and volunteers : No
Contact Person : Mr. Mohammad Mosabber Hossain, Head of WASH