Islamic Relief response
In response to the current drought crisis, Islamic Relief began coordinating water-trucking services to villages where water sources have dried up, targeting 30,000 people on a weekly basis.
In some areas, villagers moved closer to where Islamic Relief had set up water distribution points. The water trucking project also contributed to the improved safety and security for women and young girls who often were responsible for collecting water for their families.
Forty-seven year old Rukia Mohamed is a single mother. She lives in the Jimbakebele
with her seven children. The family’s main source of income came from rearing shoats and camels. With no rainfall in months, the animals died, leaving the family in dire need of assistance.
“Water is the most basic necessity that we need…we rely on water for cooking, for bathing and to feed our animals. It has been months since our local water supply dried up and it has been a struggle every day to survive.”
“Islamic Relief’s water trucking services has saved so many lives in our village,” Mohamed related. “Alhamdulillah so many families have benefitted from this project…we are so grateful for the support and hope that it can continue until the rains come,” Mohamed concluded.
To find out more about how Islamic Relief is helping in the region: https://www.islamic-relief.org.za
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