Posted by Julia Goonan
on 18 March 2020
Water will always be a necessity for life, whether it be staying hydrated, cooking food or keeping 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 so many Australians that we are so blessed to have in our households. Life in Pakistan for so many families and children, is not so lucky. For years La Salle Urdu have 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 a Clean Drinking Water Plant be installed in the school as soon as possible. At the end of 2019, hope was on the horizon.
Many Lasallian Schools across Australia hold a Mission Action Day each year raising money for a particular cause. La Salle College Bankstown celebrated their Founders' Day in September and 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 recently completed in 2020, with now 572 students and 42 teachers as well as countless parents having access to safe, reliable and clean drinking water each day.
Sajid Bashir (Principal, La Salle Urdu High School, Faisalabad), said
"We salute the noble gesture and the favour of the donors who contributed to this cause. On behalf of the staff and students, I extend my hearty thanks to Br. Dennis Loft the Director of Donor Projects who coordinates the twinning project, and Mr. Michael Egan the Principal, staff and students of La Salle College Bankstown our twined school for their continuous generous support and for fulfilling this great need."