Water & Sanitation
We made from water every living thing…
Lack of clean water silently kills one child every single minute.
The statistics are truly shocking: nearly 1 billion people have no access to clean water, and a woman in Africa walks an average of 3 hours a day to fetch clean water.
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “The best charity is giving water to drink.” [Ahmad]
Water is essential to life. It means food can grow, people are healthy and life can flourish. A person can only survive on average three days without water, and if the water they have is dirty and contaminated, fatal diseases spread quickly and the effects are devastating.
We believe in providing 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 water 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.
Clean water helps with:
When a person dies, all their deeds end except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them.
– Prophet (PBUH)
A continuing charity – sadaqa jariya – is one of the most valuable acts we can do in this life, which continues benefiting us in the afterlife. The Quran describes the reward of spending in charity as “a grain of corn which grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains” (2:261).
Water projects are a true example of how one act of charity keeps multiplying, bringing infinite benefit and reward. We hope that our water projects are not only a continuing charity, providing water for years to come, but also include beneficial knowledge for generations to come, teaching communities to access water and keep themselves and their children healthy.