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2.2 billion
People lack access to safely managed drinking water services

4.2 billion
people lack safely managed sanitation services

2.2 million
children under 5 die annually from poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water

2.2 billion
people die every year from diseases caused by unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and hygiene

of child malnutrition is associated with unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene

“The best charity is giving water to drink.”
Prophet Muhammad

When we build a water system, we want to ensure communities are left with easy access to a sustainable source of clean water for years to come. You can fund an entire project that can be life changing for families.
It can be difficult to cover the entire cost of the water project yourself, so you can partially contribute to a water project by donating any amount of your choice towards our water projects. Islamic Relief also facilitates crowdfunding which
enables you to rally the support of your friends, family and colleagues to help provide clean water to families in need.


Niger Drip irrigation allows for water and nutrients to reach the roots of plant in a slow and continuous manner.
This method is beneficial for farmers who face a general lack of water as it enables crops to get the water they need while minimising any evaporation.
Farmers are then able to effectively utilise their land, thereby ensuring more crops are grown and benefitting more people.


Rural farmers depend on the resources available to them in their immediate environment.
Large water storage cellars are an effective remedy to address the lack of water.
These specialised cellars enable thousands of farmers to access clean drinking water right on their doorstep.


Desalination is a process that removes salts and other minerals from salty water.
As water scarcity increases desalination plants have become even more important to struggling populations.
The system consists of a water well being dug, with a desalination unit attached.


Mali In many rural areas, households face food insecurity due to adverse environmental conditions, climate change and the consequential erratic climatic conditions.
Micro dams are constructed using local materials and collect rainfall during the wet season.
It provides drinking points for cattle, water for domestic consumption and irrigation.
The construction of the micro dam has seemingly increased engagement of women in production and reduced economic migration of young people from the area.


Rainwater can be harvested and stored to be used in farming.
The water catchment and storage mechanisms are given to families alongside training on how to use the system.


Safe water access is a global concern for vulnerable people, especially children.
With this in mind we have created multiple school water facilities in many countries, so children of all ages have access to water and are not forced to seek it out in unsafe spaces.
Our support extends to education around hygiene and sanitation, which directly results in the reduction of water and sanitation related diseases like diarrhoea.


Syria/Yemen In some instances, most commonly in the event of an emergency, where large groups of people have been displaced; the most effective way to provide fresh clean water is through water trucks.
These trucks are driven from areas where there is water available to cover for short-term urgent needs.
In many cases, the water provided by the trucks is lifesaving for those that benefit, as no alternative means of getting water is available.


Niger Our solar-powered boreholes provide water to thousands of people. The water is pumped from the ground by using electricity generated from solar panels making it a reliable solution even in the most remote areas.
A solar-powered borehole can typically supply enough water for 1,000 people.


Yemen Water ponds are designed to catch and store water which can later be used for domestic or agricultural purposes.
Water-catchment has become increasing important to people living in areas affected extremely hot weather and environmental factors.
The ponds are constructed with cement and for water channels to help control and minimise water loss.
Minimising water loss can be more effective than digging for wells in some parts of the world.


The mobile desalination plants remove salts and impurities from brackish water to ensure that it is suitable for drinking and is essential in some communities.
This new water source incudes all electrical and mechanical installations and materials. The desalinated water is then placed in storage tanks for the vulnerable people in the community to utilise.


Syria/Yamen Sadaqah Jariyah is ongoing charity and is one of the most rewarding acts we can do for ourselves and our loved ones.Allah (SWT) mentions the virtue of Sadaqah Jariyah:
“Indeed, it is We who bring the dead to life and record what they have put forth and what they left behind, and all things We have accounted for in a clear register.” (Qur’an, 36:12).
Upon fulfilling this form of charity, our Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) stated:
‘When a person dies, his deeds come to an end except for three: Sadaqah Jariyah (a continuous charity), or knowledge from which benefit is gained, or a righteous child who prays for him’. (Muslim)
Giving water is an excellent form of Sadaqah Jariyah for those benefitting from the charity and those who will reap the rewards.
On the authority of Sa‘d bin ’Ubadah (ra) that he said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Umm (mother of) Sa‘d has died, so which charity is best?’ He [saw] replied, “Water (is best).” He said, ‘So he [ra] dug a well and said, “This (well) is for Umm Sa‘d”’. (Abu Dawud)Give water with Islamic Relief.

South Africa – MAYVIS MLABA (Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal)

I live in Copesville, an area surrounded by shacks and dusty roads. Most of the families who live here are struggling. Work is very scarce and the crime is out of control. We rely on each other for support, especially during these difficult times.
The Municipality turned off our water supply – they said it was for water saving purposes.
Life without water is not life at all. It has not rained in a long time. We need water to cook and to bathe. We cannot use the toilet or wash our clothes. What kind of life is this?
Before this borehole point was constructed by Islamic Relief, I used to travel very far to collect water.
Thank you, Islamic Relief, for this new borehole. It is a real blessing for us all.
May you and your donors be blessed abundantly and rewarded for your generosity.”

Yemen – GHUBAR(Wadi Alasan)

“We used to walk for several kilometers to fetch water and many times we could not get it because of the shortage of fuel,” to fetch water and many times we could not get it because of the shortage of fuel,”
Residents of Wadi Alasan had no access to clean water thanks to a lack of a water supply system and an increase in fuel prices which made travelling to find water almost impossible.
Ghubar works as a farmer and he cannot afford to buy water so he, alongside his family, had to fetch water from a well. The area’s main well is entirely exposed and therefore a very dangerous option for getting water.
Islamic Relief equipped the main water well with a solar energy system, complete with a fence to make it safer.
A water system was constructed to supply water from the main well to 12 villages.
Water is now directed through the water systems to Ghubar’s village and his family does not have to travel far to fetch water or wait in queues.

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