Context: The Afghan refugee settlement in Islamabad, Pakistan, hosts more than 5000 refugees that don’t have access to safe water. This situation led to an illness outbreak and hundreds of people suffering from diarrhea and other water-borne diseases.

Solution proposed: Usama developed with his team (PakVitae) a cost effective portable water filtering device that employs pioneer hollow fiber-membrane technology that requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts. The projects seeks to build two boreholes in the Afghan refugee center, distribute 40 community filters and train families in their maintenance.

‘’The program has empowered me to see problems as the opportunities to serve my community. It connected me with leaders around the globe to collaborate with in order to find solutions to the shared water challenges’’

Usama Tanveer