THE kindhearted people of Hartlepool have helped to build lifesaving water pumps in poverty hit areas torn apart by floods just three years ago.
Former Manor College of Technology student Sarah Gate, 25, now works for Human Relief Foundation, a charity which amongst its work supports residents in poverty-struck areas of Pakistan.
Sarah has featured in the Mail in the past as she set about campaigning to raise cash to build water wells in the desperate areas.
And now, thanks to support from people in the town, the charity has been able to install two hand water pumps in Isakhel, a town in the Mianwali district in the Punjub province, and Sarah is just £94 short of having enough money to fund another.
Once all of the pumps are installed, a plaque will be set up which will read ‘Donated by the people of Hartlepool, Leeds, Bradford and Marlborough’ – where the money to pay for wells was generously donated.
Sarah, who lived in the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool before moving to Bradford to work for the charity, said: “This is an area that was heavily hit by floods in 2010.
“Many of the people living there lost everything when the awful floods happened, and they have never fully managed to rebuild their lives.
“Clean water might not seem like much to people who have access to it, but to these people it is everything.”
Sarah, also a former student at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, was an aid worker in the country during the horrendous 2010 floods and is now hoping to visit again in the near future to see the water pumps she helped to fund which the charity have now installed.
Sarah explained how families have to walk for miles on end in the search for clean water and she said that many children in the area don’t know the dangers of drinking dirty water.
She added: “When the floods occurred this area also lost its only hospital.
“The residents there had to find a way of travelling 20km to the nearest one, which is very difficult when you have no mode of transport and especially after such vicious floods.
“But our charity rehabilitated the hospital and it now benefits 5,000 patients every month who are in poverty and can’t afford treatment in a country where it isn’t free.
“And now with the water pumps being installed as well, it’s going to really change lives for the better.”
Sarah is still fundraising to raise the £94 she needs to build one more well in the area.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/sarahandsoph or email email@example.com.