Sunday March 22, 2015

Celebrating World Water Day 2015

“The best form of charity is giving water (to drink).” (hadith of the Prophet ﷺ, narrated by Ibn Majah)

Almost 800 million people across the globe are living without clean water. At Islamic Relief, we believe in giving water for life. When we build a water system, we want to ensure that after we leave, the locals never need to ask for help accessing water again.

That’s why we take a carefully tailored approach in each area. In some areas there is no groundwater, so digging a well won’t work – we build a system which catches rainwater instead. In countries which have wet, rainy seasons followed by long, dry periods, we construct micro-dams and reservoirs to store the water safely for use all year round. And to save women and children the difficult physical task of pumping water by hand, we harness natural energy with solar-powered wells. It isn’t just about building systems – it’s about building people too. We train local people to take care of their new systems, as well as teaching them how to use water safely to improve health and hygiene, so that when we leave, they have truly been given water for life.

On 22nd March 2015, World Water Day, we celebrate some of the projects we’ve recently done to deliver water to people across the globe:

Pakistan

Areas of Pakistan are extremely prone to drought and lack basic water infrastructure. We are therefore installing five solar powered water pumps that will provide over 2,300 people with a sustainable source of water for themselves and their livelihoods.

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Kenya

Refugees living in Dadaab refugee camp, one of the largest in the world, are benefitting from the four boreholes we have constructed. Each borehole can provide up to 6,000 people with fresh, clean water.

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Lebanon

In celebration of Global Hand-washing Day last year, we implemented awareness sessions for Syrian refugee families in Lebanon, benefiting over 1,000 people. Families were taught how to wash economically, saving as much water as possible.

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Albania

Last month, record rainfall triggered widespread flooding across four districts in Albania, inundating homes, farming land, roads, bridges and infrastructure. Islamic Relief responded immediately, distributing 400 emergency packs including food, drinking water, soap and blankets.

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Bangladesh

Families living on chars in Bangladesh are particularly prone to catching water-related diseases. Ayesha Begum, 58, was one of the beneficiaries who had a tube well installed at her home by Islamic Relief, giving her constant access to safe drinking water.

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