The Thar Desert has a population density of 83 people per square kilometer and is the most densely populated desert in the world. Sources state that nearly 40% of population lives in poverty. Specifically speaking, the majority of the rural population (approximately 55%) lives in acute poverty. Pakistan is among the 10 countries where most urban dwellers lack access to safe and private toilets or water. 783 million people do not have access to clean and safe water worldwide. 1 out of every 5 deaths of children under 5 is due to a water related disease. To address some of these issues, The Our AIM Foundation has built over 150 toilets and bore-wells to stop unsanitary waste management and address the lack of clean drinking water that causes severe life-threatening diseases. Our AIM’s goal is to build 500 toilet-shower stations, 1000 bore wells and offer training in schools and villages on hygiene to control disease.
A prevalent issue in this region is the grinding deficiency of proper education, fueling child labor and illiteracy on massive scales. The Gross National Income per capita is only $5,031 and the expected years of schooling is miserably low at 8.1 years. Another issue is stark gender discrimination. One in every six girls’ death is due to gender discrimination, leading to the death of nearly 300,000 girls annually. 53% of girls in the age group of 5-9 years begin their journey to illiteracy by being deprived of primary education. Although there is much work to be done in this region of the world, it is Our AIM’s fundamental goal to reduce this formidable level of inequality by empowering women and introducing proper education systems.