Water, the source of life, is a precious commodity and it is thought that over half of humanity has water problems of one sort or another. Over 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water and over 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation. The average distance to the moon is 384 400 km, African women walk the equivalent of this and back 16 times a day just to fetch water. 16 million people in Africa have no water supply and the nearest water supply is, on average, a kilometre away.
Access to safe, clean and affordable drinking water has always been a priority for Islamic Help and we are committed to improving such access in several countries.
In furtherance of our commitment to eliminate water poverty we have been working to establish long term solutions to the issues for the benefit of whole communities in:
Building a water well or establishing a water hand pump is the simplest way of reaching large numbers of people that do not otherwise have access to clean safe drinking water.
It costs just £2500 to construct a water well in any of the countries mentioned above.
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Water has always been Islamic Help’s priority during any emergency relief effort. Over the years we have provided millions of litres of clean and safe water to victims of disasters. Islamic Help uses high tech water purification units which do not use chlorine or any chemicals - water is purified using filters.
During an emergency response Islamic Help provides at least 250,000 litres of clean water per day.