Case Study - GM Filters - Shamshida Begum

Shamshida Begum’s life took a harrowing turn when she and her family fled the onslaught of the Burmese army, seeking refuge in Bangladesh in 2017. Left alone to navigate the challenges of displacement and single motherhood, her ex-husband’s abandonment added another layer of complexity to her struggles. Shamshida found herself as the sole caregiver for her three young children: two sons aged 4 and 19 months, and a 2-year-old daughter.

In addition to the emotional and financial hardships, the daily routine of fetching water presented a significant obstacle. Shamshida had to traverse rocky roads, covering a distance of 400 meters, just to access safe water. This routine, already arduous for any individual, became especially challenging for someone managing household chores and caring for three small children.

Shamshida’s story is not unique, as many like her face the daunting task of balancing childcare, household responsibilities, and the physical demands of water collection. The long wait times at water collection points further exacerbate the challenges, especially for those with little ones in tow.

The introduction of water purification units has become a lifeline for Shamshida and others in similar circumstances. The ability to store a large quantity of water not only ensures a more reliable supply but also reduces the frequency of arduous trips to the water source. This newfound convenience allows Shamshida a moment to rest, alleviating some of the burdens she faces daily.

The water purification units not only provide clean water but also represent a tangible improvement in the quality of life for individuals like Shamshida Begum. In the midst of adversity, these interventions offer a glimmer of relief, allowing them to focus more on the well-being of their families and less on the logistical challenges of securing basic necessities. Shamshida’s resilience is a testament to the transformative impact that targeted initiatives can have on the lives of those grappling with the aftermath of conflict and displacement.