Give Water, Save Lives
Imagine a life plagued by a lack of water, where climate shocks lead to on-going drought, failed crops and livestock deaths. This is the daily reality for millions of people who face severe clean water shortages, for them #DryDays are every day. Unless we intervene, famine will hit the most vulnerable communities in the world and many people will die as a result of water poverty.
How Islamic Relief is helping
Islamic Relief believes in giving water for life. When we build a systems, 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. We build wells in multiple counties, but in some areas there is no groundwater, so digging a well won’t work – we build a rainwater catching system that helps store water. In countries which have wet, rainy seasons followed by long, dry periods, we construct micro-dams and reservoirs, which enables a village 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. Five years ago, more than 50,000 water points across Africa had failed, because no-one taught the communities how to maintain and repair them when they broke. 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.
A Blessed Gift
“When a person dies, all their deeds end except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them.” (hadith of the Prophet ﷺ, narrated by Muslim)
Ongoing charity – sadaqah jariyah – is one of the most valuable acts we can do in this life, which continues benefiting us in the next, even after we have left the earth.
InshaAllah, we hope that our water projects are not only a continuing charity, providing water for years to come, but also include beneficial knowledge, teaching communities to access water and keep themselves and their children healthy, knowledge which will be passed on through the generations!