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For Sikander “Sonny” Khan, a Pakistani-American recent college graduate, the life-changing possibilities clean water offers are what drives his volunteerism.
“We focus on regions where there’s little to no access to clean water,” says Sonny. “Where mothers have to go miles to get any water for their family, for bathing and for day-to-day activities. We make sure we are building water wells that not only meet their needs but are there for the long-term. (These wells are) essentially changing lives because they give (the villagers) time and health.”
Sonny, a 23-year-old from Jackson, Michigan, co-founded Paani in 2017 with several Pakistani-American friends in university. The organization has since installed nearly 10,500 water wells that serve more than 730,000 rural villagers across high-risk areas in Pakistan, where an estimated 70% of the population drink contaminated water, the co-founders inspired to give back to the country that raised their parents, says Sonny, who also serves as the organization’s CEO.