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Water & Sanitation

About the Situation

By the Numbers

770 million people worldwide do not have access to improved source of drinking water

2.5 billion people worldwide do not have basic sanitation facilities

Every 20 seconds, a child dies because of poor sanitation

(Sources: United Nations and World Health Organization)

Maybe more than anything else, people need the right amount of clean water to live a healthy, safe, productive life.

Water affects everything: Nutrition, health, livelihood, even access to education.

Without water to drink, people can’t live. Without water for their crops and livestock, they can’t eat enough or earn a living. If their water isn’t clean, they won’t be healthy. If their water comes from a faraway source, they have to spend their days carrying it instead of going to school or earning an income. People, usually women and girls, across Africa spend some 40 BILLION hours a year carrying water from remote wells.

And too much water—from monsoons and floods—is just as dangerous as too little.

If you don’t have a clean, reliable source of the right amount of water, life revolves around finding it. It’s a burden you struggle under every single day.

Three-quarters of a billion people around the world live this way.

How Islamic Relief is Helping

These problems are solvable, and the solutions are clear: Deep-water wells, water-treatment systems, adequate sanitation and irrigation systems.

Islamic Relief has long launched water projects in impoverished communities, helping one village full of people at a time.

One such region is the Circle of Gorma Rharous in Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries. There, Islamic Relief is setting up irrigation systems so the communities are not dependent solely on rainwater and are therefore less vulnerable to drought. This project is literally turning the desert green. And now children who used to spend days carrying water can attend their new school instead.

Here’s a breakdown of some water and sanitation programs Islamic Relief has supported. You can read more about recent water-related efforts in this, IRUSA’s Donor Report: Water Projects, 2014 (PDF):

HUAN XIAN RAINWATER CATCHMENT
China

EMERGENCY RESPONSE, INCLUDING WATER PROGRAMS
Kenya

EMERGENCY RESPONSE, INCLUDING WATER PROGRAMS
Niger

SAFE WATER FOR COMMUNITIES
Pakistan

YEMEN WATSAN PROJECT: WATER, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM
Yemen

Read “Water Saves Lives‐Builds Livelihoods,” a blog written by Islamic Relief USA’s Reem El-Khatib while in the field in Niger, about how Islamic Relief donors are helping bring clean water to communities in need.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Participate

by organizing and attending local fundraisers that support IRUSA’s efforts.

Advocate

by sharing information about IRUSA’s efforts with your social media networks.

Donate

to the Water & Sanitation fund to support this effort.