LIFE Partners with Veterans for Peace to Provide Clean Drinking Water to Civilians in Iraq
Life for Relief and Development (LIFE), an American non-profit
humanitarian relief organization based in Southfield Michigan, as part
of its ongoing efforts to alleviate human suffering, and in partnership
with Veterans for Peace (VFW), an American non-governmental
organization based in St. Louis, Missouri, completed a major
rehabilitation project for a water plant in southern Iraq, providing
clean drinking water for thousands of residents.
LIFE rehabilitated and put into full production, the water
treatment plant in Hamdan Jessir, in the Abu Al-Khassib district of
Basra. The project including installing new tanks, chlorine unit
filters, electric pumps, and other equipment and accessories in a
thorough overhaul of the plant.
Although the Hamdan Jessir water treatment plant was initially
designed as a Water Treatment Unit to provide safe drinking water, it
however had been damaged and neglected as a result of conflict and many
years of sanctions, and instead simply functioned as a dilapidated
pumping station, providing low-pressure unsafe water, and contributing
to the spread of water-born diseases, which the local residents have
been suffering from in the last few years.
After the equipment was installed and activated, the connecting
underground pipes were flushed of the old contaminated water. The plant
was then put officially in full production by the local Water
Directorate, and began pumping high-pressure clean drinking water to
thousands of local inhabitants. The rehabilitation project increased
both the quality and quantity of water being supplied to the local
Commenting on the cooperation with Veterans for Peace (VFP),
Dr. Mujahid Al-Fayadh, the President of LIFE said, "we are very proud
of our partnership with Veterans for Peace." He added that "LIFE and
VFW have been working together for the last several years on many
projects to help provide clean drinking water to civilian neighborhoods
in Iraq, in an effort to help eradicate the water-born diseases."