Our mission is to empower women in these communities without dictating norms.
— Hamza Farrukh

We believe access to clean and safe water is an inalienable human right. Our goal is to work directly with communities to provide sustainable access to clean water.

Over 800 million people in the world lack access to clean drinking water. This is especially true of rural villages, where families often have to send women and children to collect water daily. Not only are these wells often shared by approximately 2,500 families, but the trek can also take up to 6 hours a day, which leaves families with little time for education and child-care.

We want to change this narrative. Our solar-powered wells only cost $5,000 to install and last for 25 years. We have already successfully worked with the communities in Jurr Village, Jhungal Village, and Bela, Balochistan to create sustainable water sources. It is a priority for us that we work with the community and not for the community to ensure the mutual ownership of the project. Our work has only expanded since we have been featured in Forbes and won first place in the competitive Goldman Sachs 2018 Analyst Impact Fund.

Bondh E Shams translates to “droplets from the sun,” it is a reflection of our mission to uphold the human right to access safe and clean water while also maintaining a sustainable environment.

See our case study in Jurr Village >

Bondh E Shams was initially an idea conceived by Hamza Farrukh during his time at Williams College.

Hamza used already existing technology to combine traditional mechanics with solar panels, and created the first affordable and green solution to water scarcity of its kind. His goal was to bring water to his ancestral village in Pakistan (Jurr Village). Then, in March 2014, his idea received the International Davis Projects for Peace Prize including a $10,000 grant allowing Bondh E Shams to become much more than an idea.

In July 2014 Hamza toured Pakistani high schools to recruit our first volunteers: 15 students at Roots School System & Beaconhouse School in Rawalpindi. The group visited Jurr Village in Pakistan to survey and collect data and started work. They contracted local solar providers and hired local laborers.

By August 2014, the first solar-powered, self-sustaining, and maintenance-free pump was successfully installed to serve over 2,500 people. This has resulted in a 97% reduction of time spent gathering water, a 37% decrease of water-borne diseases, a 15% increase in literacy rate, and an overall increase in disposable income for the village.

After it’s first success, the project gained recognition. Hamza was interviewed about the project’s work in Jurr Village by the Pakistan Television Network and the National Radio Station FM91 Islamabad1. Encouraged by the recognition and wondering if there was more we could do, Bondh E Shams created a GoFundMe page in February 2016 to raise funds for a second pump. The response was overwhelming and we raised about $5,000 in two months.

Fast forward to a year later, and in January 2017 our second pump was successfully installed in Jhungal Village. Since then, we have successfully installed three pumps, expanded our work, and substantially expanded our team.

Find out more about our current work >

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