Fighting the global water crisis, one OASIS Box at a time.

aka Bondh E Shams   |   New York, NY   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 82-1242012


We are a global clean water and tech non-profit bringing the gift of clean water and uplifting water-starved communities worldwide. We do that using an innovative, affordable, scalable solar-powered all-in-one water pump and filtration system, called the OASIS Box. We believe clean water is a right, not a privilege. With 1 in 10 people lacking safe access to clean water, there is an urgent need for ground-breaking innovations. We know that clean water means everything to communities in need: it prevents death from water-borne illness, improves community health, and relieves the burden of carrying water long distances from women and children, and is the foundation for education and economic empowerment.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Hamza Farrukh

Main address

200 E. 89th St 44E

New York, NY 10128 USA

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Subject area info

Water resources

Energy resources



International development

Population served info

Children and youth


Economically disadvantaged people

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bondh E Shams translates to “droplets from the sun” and is a reflection of our mission to uphold the human right to access safe and clean water while also maintaining a sustainable environment. It is our mission to impact the 1.2 billion globally for whom safe access to clean water remains critically inaccessible, by providing contamination free drinking water through long-term and sustainable community uplift projects. Bondh E Shams leverages the power of smart-tech and renewable energy to fight the global water crisis. We do this by creating and implementing cost-effective water technologies in support of UN Sustainable Development Goals: 6 (Clean Water & Sanitation); 5 (Gender Equality); 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and 13 (Climate Action), working with communities across the world to bring them safe access to clean water. In particular, we have developed an innovative, affordable and scalable solar-powered all-in-one water pump and filtration system, called the OASIS Box.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Solar Water Project

Bondh E Shams (the Solar Water Project) leverages the power of smart-tech and renewable energy to fight the global water crisis. We do this by creating cost-effective water technologies in support of UN Sustainable development Goal 6 (Clean Water & Sanitation). Our flagship solution is called the “OASIS Box” a transportable, solar-powered water filtration unit that removes 99.9999% of water contamination and can be installed in under a record 7 minutes, anywhere in the world (where a borehole exists).

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Commonwealth Point of Light 129 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of communities provided clean water

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of water projects built

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our organisational aim this year is to bring safe and clean water to 1 million people in critical need of assistance.

Our larger goal is to continue taking on the global water crisis by deploying the OASIS Box worldwide as we continue to finesse our R&D and technology and provide cost-efficient, scalable and sustainable solutions. We have successfully demonstrated the OASIS Box model can be replicated and deployed successfully in different regions. We will continue to amplify our impact in our current target regions (Pakistan, South Sudan, Yemen and
soon the Rohingya Refugee camps, Bangladesh) and gradually deploy more and more boxes in new communities on a global scale.

To date, at full capacity, our projects have provided up to 37 millions cups of clean water Each of our OASIS Boxes contains live data analytics monitoring technology, enabling donors to track their exact impact (water output in no.of cups from each box) via our website (

We will continue to amplify our impact in existing regions, by implementing several more OASIS Boxes across each country, reaching upto 10,000 individuals each time. In addition, we will continue to develop relationships with local partners globally who are actively implementing and prioritising WASH projects in other regions. This will allow us to continue expanding our own presence globally in conjunction with trusted partners who possess extremely beneficial local knowledge of otherwise new regions to us. This allows for a localized and effective strategy with the local needs of each community at the forefront of each project.

Customization of our OASIS Box enables a targeted solution for each community meeting their specific water-filtration and population and other water-related needs. Working with partners we are able to identify several communities requiring our solution, in addition, our website allows individuals/organisation to nominate communities which may benefit from the OASIS Box. In this manner, we can identify and conduct impact research for more communities in critical need of assistance.

Bondh E Shams’ executive team includes Hamza Farrukh, Founder and CEO who has led the organisation from inception and continues to head the Executive Team and Board of Trustees and Advisors. In addition to his impact work, Hamza brings a wealth of corporate experience and network as Vice President in the Global Division at Goldman Sachs. Bondh E Shams’ current Development Director Sana Ibrahim, is a UK-qualified lawyer with extensive immigration experience and has worked in the development sector for 7 years assisting those in high-risk conflict zones and displaced refugee communities. Dr Ammad, Operations Directors heads supervision of production, deployment and Research and Development of the organisation’s OASIS Box technology. Hafsa Naeem, Pakistan Country Director brings several years of experience in the WASH sector to Bondh E Shams and US-General Secretary, Clare O’Brien is Cornell University trained public servant in infrastructure and sustainability.
The Executive Team is supported by a team of engineers, researchers, consultants and 200 volunteers.

Our engineering team includes mechanical and electrical engineers who specialize in renewable energy to guide the development of OASIS Boxes and any solutions we employ. This includes twelve full-time staff at our manufacturing site in Pakistan. We have scaled up over the last year as the annual demand for our flagship technology, the OASIS Box, has grown exponentially and can now produce upto 500 OASIS Boxes per year.

Today, Bondh E Shams manages over 50 water projects in communities in South Sudan, Pakistan, Yemen, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and has provided an estimated 80 million cups of clean water over the past eight years. Bondh E Shams has created a tight global network, working with valued partner institutions, local organisations and directly with communities across its target regions. With a proven record of scalability and project adaptability globally, in 2023 Bondh E Shams will continue to scale operations in current regions while extending its global footprint to more regions with a view to deploy 500 more OASIS Boxes to bring clean water to thousands more in-need individuals for 20+ years.


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 0.00 over 3 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12.3 over 3 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 3 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Bondh-E-Shams’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $301,023 $28,441
As % of expenses 160.9% 3.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $301,023 $28,441
As % of expenses 160.9% 3.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $488,116 $979,080
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 100.6%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $187,093 $950,639
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 408.1%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 66.4% 8.7%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 33.6% 91.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $187,093 $950,639
One month of savings $15,591 $79,220
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $202,684 $1,029,859

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 30.5 6.4
Months of cash and investments 30.5 6.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 30.5 6.4
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $475,898 $504,339
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $475,898 $504,339
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $475,898 $504,339

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
Material data errors No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Principal Officer

Hamza Farrukh

Hamza Farrukh is the Vice President Macro Rates Sales at Goldman Sachs and a Forbes 30under30 Social Entrepreneur. Hamza founded the international non-profit Bondh E Shams (The Solar Water Project) as a bold, cost-effective, and sustainable solution to the global water crisis that affects over 1.2B people worldwide. With over 100+ volunteers in 11 countries, The Solar Water Project wants to reach water-starved rural communities in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Hamza won $150,000 from Goldman Sachs in 2018 to bring his technology to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Hamza is also one of the three Pakistanis to receive the Points of Light Award honoured by the UK Prime Minister's Office & Her Majesty The Queen for his exemplary efforts at Bondh E shams. He completed his undergraduate in Economics and Political Science at Williams College, MA, and spent a year studying PPE at Exeter College, University of Oxford.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/03/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr Hamza Farrukh

Goldman Sachs

Term: 2023 - 2017

Clare O Brien

Bondh E Shams

Saima Masood Malik

Bondh E Shams

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/3/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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