Bangladesh UK Environmental Foundation Update July 2018 - Michael Sippitt, Chairman, The CEIP
04 July 2018
We are pleased about the completion of the first project funded by the Bangladesh UK Environmental Foundation (an initiative connected with Clarkslegal, via the Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform – The CEIP), which we helped to set up with Bangladeshi diaspora community links in the UK. This is the installation of a water treatment plant, which allows 150 families to collect safe drinking water. It is anticipated that 300-400 families will benefit from this service in the future.
Michael Sippitt, Chairman, The CEIP
How did the Bangladesh UK Environmental Foundation (BUEF) come to exist?
A new trust, the BUEF, was launched in Cardiff on Monday, 20 April 2015. The trust is based on charitable donations from Bangladeshi and UK nationals residing in the UK.
What is the focus of the BUEF?
The BUEF focuses on promoting sustainable development in Bangladesh by the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of natural resources, as well as educating the public about environmental issues. In simpler words, the BUEF promotes the uptake of environmentally responsible projects that will last a long time and will help as many people as possible.
What is the link with Clarkslegal / The Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (the CEIP)?
Clarkslegal (via the CEIP), through the Bangladeshi diaspora community links in the UK, has helped to set up the BUEF. Michael Sippitt is the Honorary Adviser of the BUEF.
Project focused on providing clean water to Bangladesh community based in Joykalas (a densely populated area of Sunamganj District)
According to the findings of previous surveys, water sources in the area are contaminated with arsenic and iron. To address this problem, an alternative safe drinking water plant was installed by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) with financial support from the BUEF and technical support from DAM-UK. The project started in June 2017 and was completed in May 2018.
The main aims of the project were to:
- Provide safe drinking water for the targeted beneficiaries
- Improve the hygiene practice within the community
- Enhance entrepreneurship and water business at the community level
We are pleased to announce that the installation of the water plant now allows 150 families to collect safe drinking water. It is anticipated that 300-400 families will benefit from this service in the future.
This project also facilitated a strong community involvement at all stages, from the election of a management community (formed of nine members from the local community), to the creation of one job (to operate the plant), as well as the generation of additional revenue by selling the water at a minimum price (to ensure plant maintenance, for example).