This 16-Year-Old Hero Is Doing More For Pakistan's Water Crisis Than Anyone Else

By Maham Lari | 19 Jun, 2018

We all are well aware of the severe water crisis that is going on in Pakistan. According to experts, the country will run dry by 2025.

“No person in Pakistan, whether from the North with its more than 5,000 glaciers, or from the South with its ‘hyper deserts,’ will be immune to this scarcity,” said Neil Buhne, UN humanitarian coordinator for Pakistan.

Source: Facebook/ Via: Azam-e-Alishaan

 

To most of us this a pretty alarming situation.

The authorities, however, mostly remain negligent about the crisis that’s posing a serious threat to the country’s stability.

 

While many may not realize the dangers of the water crisis as a threat, 16-year-old Alishba Khan is taking matters in her own hands.

Alishba Khan is a private A-level student who has conducted several charity projects in different cities of Pakistan. Her first venture as a charity enthusiast started when she was nine. When the major flood calamity hit Pakistan in 2011, Alishba personally went to Sehvan Sharif to hand over the basic necessities to the victims.

Source: Alishba Khan

 

In 2014, she created her own organization by the name of RUFS (Rise Up For Salvation) to conduct several self-funded small-scale charity programs.

She is also a blogger and a crew member at Youth Impact. Furthermore, she is also a chef and has made appearances on various channels where she made Pakistan’s biggest burger live at the age of 11. Do we have a super girl here? I think we do!

Source: Alishba Khan

 

In response to the water crisis going on, Alishba started her first major project known as The Water Drive campaign.

She collaborated with Global Youth Connect, an American organization that advances human rights by empowering young activists from around the globe. It encourages them to meet, exchange ideas, and take action together in collaboration with their NGO’s.

Source: Facebook/Via: Azam-e-Alishaan

 

Talking about Alishba, here’s what GYC’s executive director, Jason Torreano, had to say:

“A few months ago Alishba Khan approached Global Youth Connect with an idea about a project in Pakistan. She and I spoke a few times and it became very clear that she was a capable, talented person who had a desire to support people in her community. For that reason, I was happy to learn more and support her project as her vision for a youth-driven solution aligns beautifully with our mission.”

Executive Director at GYC supports the Water Drive!

Jason Torreano the executive director of Global Youth Connect shares his video message to support our cause, that is already endorsed and is being morally supported by Global Youth Connect's network.

Gepostet von Azam-e-Alishaan am Samstag, 2. Juni 2018

According to Alishba, it is necessary to first distribute water in order to conserve it for later.

Her venture aims to eliminate water scarcity through this water drive in Pakistan. This is done by boring areas and installing water filtration plants, introducing hand pumps and wells, distributing water bottles and finally creating awareness campaigns.
“If people don’t have access to water, how do you expect them to conserve it in the first place? While we strongly believe everyone should conserve water let’s not forget our brothers and sisters who are deprived of it,” says Alishba.
Source: Facebook/Via: Azam-e-Alishaan

 

Her team at Azam-e-Alishaan initiated their first project for the water drive by providing a water tank in the outskirts of Gulshan-e-Maymar, Karachi.

Source: Facebook/Via: Azam-e-Alishaan

Alishba is of the view that if we don’t take matters into our own hands, why should we expect others to do so?

Most people are deprived of clean drinking water that deteriorates their health and causes further problems. Those who have access to clean water misuse it and end up wasting it. Alisbha’s stance is that we should first provide clean water to the people and then create awareness in them to use it wisely and conserve it.
Source: Facebook/Via: Azam-e-Alishaan

Let’s take a minute here to appreciate her efforts.

Source: Alishba Khan

And the smiles she’s spreading.

Source: Alishba Khan

 

People have been responding well to her cause and applauding her for her initiative.

Alia Imam shares her thoughts for Azam-e-Alishaan's Project

Alia Imam Sharing a video message about the Water Drive and shows her support!

Gepostet von Azam-e-Alishaan am Freitag, 18. Mai 2018

She has been promoting her cause through social media and requests people to volunteer and collaborate with her to spread the word. It is heart-warming to see that the youth of Pakistan is full of enthusiasm and strives to work towards a better Pakistan. What do you think of this campaign? Let us know in the comments.

Cover image via Alishba Khan
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