Case Study - GM Filters - Sadeka Bibi

Sadeka Bibi, at the tender age of 8, has already faced challenges that no child should endure. Arriving in Bangladesh in 2017 with her mother, their journey was marked by tragedy as her father fell victim to violence at the hands of the Burmese Army. In the absence of her father, Sadeka has become a pillar of support for her mother, actively participating in household chores and even undertaking the arduous task of fetching water from a nearby well.

The burden placed on young shoulders becomes evident as Sadeka is tasked with carrying water over uneven roads, a physically demanding chore for even the strongest adults, let alone a child. The water source, located 200 meters away, becomes a challenging terrain for someone as young and petite as Sadeka.

Before the introduction of a water purification unit, this daily ritual not only consumed her time and energy but also exposed Sadeka to waterborne diseases. The lack of access to clean water led to recurring health issues, including diarrhea, dysentery, and vomiting—afflictions that are unfortunately common in areas where access to pure water is a luxury.

The arrival of the water purification unit in Sadeka’s community heralded a positive transformation. No longer does she have to make the exhausting journey back and forth to fetch water. The convenience of having clean water readily available has alleviated not only the physical strain on Sadeka but also the health risks associated with consuming contaminated water.

This change is more than just a technological intervention; it represents a lifeline for Sadeka and her family. The water purification unit not only ensures access to safe drinking water but also mitigates the health hazards that plagued Sadeka in the past. Her story underscores the profound impact that simple yet vital initiatives, like water purification projects, can have on the lives of vulnerable individuals, providing hope for a healthier and brighter future.