Posted by Julia Goonan
on 23 March 2020
In Australia we take water for granted. Whether it be staying hydrated, cooking food or being hygienic, clean water can make a world of difference to one's quality of life. Australia has been challenged with drought for years, but running water is the norm for most Australians.
Life in Pakistan for so many families and children, is not so lucky. For years La Salle Urdu School has not had access to fresh, clean drinking water. The water in Faisalabad is often contaminated and salty, causing diseases such as diarrhea, hepatitis, food poisoning and other waterborne diseases. For the last few years, the solution has been to drink other liquids, including sweet water which was unhealthy and costly. At times, students had to wait for the water seller to arrive and would go thirsty before they were able to purchase clean water. It was for this reason that the school requested that a Clean Drinking Water Plant be. At the end of 2019, hope was on the horizon.
La Salle College Bankstown, like many Lasallian Schools across Australia, hold a Mission Action Day each year raising money for a cause. Their Founder's Day in September,2019 raised $10,406 - all of which was donated to the installation of a Clean Drinking Water Plant for their twinned school, La Salle Urdu Campus in Faisalabad, Pakistan.
The installation was completed by January 2020, and now 572 students, their teachers as well as countless parents, have access to safe, reliable and clean drinking water each day.
Br Sajid Bashir (Principal, La Salle Urdu High School, Faisalabad), said:
"We salute the noble gesture and the generosity of the donors who contributed to this cause. On behalf of the staff and students, I extend my hearty thanks to Mr. Michael Egan, the Principal, and the staff and students of La Salle College Bankstown, our twinned school, for their generous thoughtful support and for fulfilling this great need."