KARACHI: Dawlance is the leading brand of innovative home appliances in Pakistan and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arçelik – the 2nd largest manufacturer in Europe. It also sponsors valuable initiatives to accelerate the socio-economic progress of the country. On this world water week Dawlance has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bondh e Shams – a resourceful social-development organization, for setting up two Solar-Water Projects, named ‘OASIS Box’.
Under this agreement, Dawlance has committed to provide financial assistance and other resources, over the next five years, to Bondh e Shams for completing this project. OASIS Box is a transportable, solar-powered water-filtration and storage unit that removes bacterial water contamination providing safe access to clean water daily. This is one of the sustainable projects conceived by Bondh e Shams, with a vision to provide clean drinking water for the well-being of deprived communities at various locations, all over Pakistan. One OASIS Box has the capacity to provide 10,000 litres of fresh drinking water daily. If 2 litres of water is consumed by each person; one Box will be sufficient for 5000 people. So, these two boxes will quench the thirst of 10,000 people, every day.
This partnership will enable the production and deployment of two units of OASIS Boxes, based on Solar technology, for filtration and storage of clean and safe water, near the needy communities. It will also uplift the local infrastructure, by developing boreholes and relevant water access points, along with water-quality testing, to provide a report, in compliance with the regulations of the ‘World Health Organisation’ (WHO) and the government. Bondh e Shams will mobilize a team of engineers to install and maintain the Oasis boxes, with a 5-year operational guarantee.
The Chief Executive Officer of Dawlance – Umar Ahsan Khan stated that: “It is a pleasure for us to contribute towards this noble humanitarian effort, to mitigate water shortage in Pakistan. We understand that the mission pursued by Bondh e Shams is long and challenging, but we will extend every possible help to this capable and credible humanitarian organization.”
The corporate and industrial sectors must take inspiration from the generous initiatives of Dawlance, to ensure the progress of Pakistan. Socially-responsible enterprises should come forth to help improve the quality of life for the common people, to give them hope for a brighter future. Dawlance and Arcelik have adopted social development policies to promise; quality education, healthcare, empowerment, and opportunities for the masses, while protecting environmental sustainability for the future.