Madinat Al-AhlulBayt in a residential complex on the outskirts of Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, which is in the north-eastern edge of Pakistan. Skardu itself is situated at an elevation of nearly 2,500 metres (8,202 feet) in the Skardu Valley, at the confluence of the Indus and Shigar Rivers. The Karakoram mountain range in this region is home to the famous K2 peak. Skardu experiences severe winter climates with the area often being cut off from the outside world from November to March.
- The residential complex suffers from a lack of electricity – they only receive power for 2 hours a day – and families often have to travel distances with wheelbarrows to the water filling station as there is a lack of a water supply pipeline or submersible pumps within the complex.
- The complex houses 250+ families including the deprived, seniors, disabled and those who have had to flee sectarian violence. 80 houses are being built in the complex due to increase in people needing to relocate, which would add to the water scarcity.
- The project is for the construction of an over-head tank holding 28,000 litres of water that would support 100 households in the complex.
Stanmore Jafferys have decided to start the project immediately so as to avoid the construction to be halted during the cold winter season due to inaccessibility during November – March.
The water supplied will also provide the opportunity for cultivation to take place during the spring and summer months, as the families are heavily reliant on support. This will promote economic upliftment and provide microfinance opportunities.
In addition we have initiated another project in nearby Shigar, for a priority need of construction of a washroom block in a valley school which has inadequate toilet facilities.