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08-10-2021, 09:39 AM
Water is the key to all life. Yet across the globe, a staggering 785 million people are going thirsty each and every day.
Without safe and clean water to drink, these people risk dehydration, disease and at worst, death. In fact 3.5 million people die every year from water-related diseases, including 2.2 million children.

“The best charity is giving water to drink.”

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Without essential water aid, millions of people worldwide remain trapped in this brutal cycle of poverty. Even worse, as famine hits the most vulnerable communities across the globe, many people die.
Simply drilling wells and installing water pumps cannot solve the water crisis. With high running costs, short life-spans and a lack of training and equipment to maintain and fix wells when they break down, wells and water pumps do not offer a long-term sustainable water source, especially given the impact of climate change on the water table.

Islamic Relief believes in giving Water for Life

When we build a water system, we want to ensure communities are left with easy access to a sustainable source of clean water for years to come. In many areas of the world, unpredictable weather leads to severe drought. With less water to drink and irrigate crops, harvests fail and families starve. With no extra income, impoverished families cannot fulfil their basic needs nor buy simple essential equipment to earn a living and lift themselves out of poverty.

Safe water for everyone

We’re working with communities in over 40 countries to ensure that families have access to safe water for drinking, washing, cooking, farming and agriculture.
Here’s how we work to ensure greater water equality worldwide:

  • We rehabilitate viable water systems and equip and train communities, sustaining their access to clean water
  • We build large water storage cellars to collect rain water, allowing communities to safely store water when water is scarce
  • We install irrigation systems that enable farmers to continue producing crops during times of drought
  • We install desalination systems that remove salt and other harmful minerals from water to make it suitable for drinking
  • We construct micro-dams to collect rainfall and provide water for households, plants and livestock all year round
  • We improve access to clean water sources, agricultural inputs and knowledge to address water and food insecurity

By supporting our water for life projects, you’re helping families and entire communities to maintain their livelihoods and stay happy, healthy and hunger-free over both the short and long-term. You’re helping transform and save lives across the globe.

Save a life, donate today


  • R750 can help provide a person with life-saving access to clean and safe water in South Africa.
  • R7200 could give 6 families access to clean water for a month in Yemen.
  • R21 500 can provide water to approx. 20,000 people for a day in Syria

Donate Water for Life


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