Currently over 21 million Pakistanis suffer from a water sanitation crisis that has impacted the entire country. Many regions struggle to provide access to clean and safe drinking water, but the situation worsens amongst rural villages who not only lack modern systems, but also adequate healthcare. The situation has worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a water crisis.
Contaminated water is the leading cause of severe health conditions, resulting in death due to a lack of treatment in many of these underdeveloped villages. Children, more than any other demographic, are the most vulnerable victims of these health conditions as their immune systems are not developed enough to withstand the muddened and bacterially-infected water they’re forced to drink.
The Farooqi Bros are collaborating with Paani Project to create wells, distribute food, and provide medical aid. Paani Project is a non-profit organization that produces both short and long-term solutions to ignite sustainable change against this water crisis. Paani’s purpose has and always will be to provide for people in need, and The Farooqi Bros feel the same way. The Farooqi brothers have led multiple charitable events over the last 4 years. In 2018, they launched a spin-off of the #BlackPantherChallenge, an initiative to allow kids from underserved communities to see the iconic film Black Panthers in theaters for free.
The brothers raised $5000 and took 500 kids from a middle school in Bronx, NY to see the film. In 2019, the Farooqi Bros led a hospital toy charity with NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. The brothers raised money and donated hundreds of superhero toys to the children at the hospital, while hosting a special workshop with the kids. Knowing the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the brothers sprung to action, created a campaign through Ink To The People to help children and orphans in regions of humanitarian crisis like Yemen. Additionally, the Farooqi Bros used their YouTube platform to raise hundreds of dollars for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Today, the Farooqi Bros are working with Paani Project to build wells, distribute food packs, and medical aid. So far, Paani have built over 250 wells across the region. The ComicBook Debate and Farooqi Bros Emergency Water Aid Initiative aims to build new wells and assist in projects through education, health, and waste management efforts.
Your donations will service the construction of the well, constant monitoring and testing of water samples for cleanliness and safety, and maintenance. The Farooqi Bros and Paani thank you consistently for your support. Spread the word of our mission to those you know and check back with us frequently on our social media to see our progress!
Featured in the LATimes, Parhlo, and USAToday Paani is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2018 in response to the growing water crisis in Pakistan. Paani is entirely volunteer-based and works to create public health-based impact in Pakistan. In the past year, they have raised over $300,000, built over 1000 wells in rural parts of Pakistan, worked to send $500,000 in medical equipment to hospitals in Pakistan, and are now working to implement sanitation/hygiene-based curriculum in schools.