There is no doubt that water is the key to life, yet still, 1 in 3 people do not have access to clean drinking water globally.
A person cannot live for longer than 24 hours without water.
If we don’t have clean water, we can’t maintain good health. In rural areas of countries like Yemen and Pakistan, when families don’t have close proximity to clean water, the women and children spend their days walking to find and bring water home — instead of pursuing their education or working to provide for their families.
In 80% of water-deprived households, women and girls are responsible for collecting water. Their safety and hygiene management is more at risk, and this practice also restricts the time girls have to go to school. (UN Women, 2018)
Meet Sitthi Naseera and her family in Sri Lanka…
Sitthi Naseera is 50 years old, with five children and a grandson. The path for water is long in her village, and her family suffers during the dry season.
With a huge reliance on agriculture, when the water tanks dry up, Sitthi and her family have to choose between water to drink and water to sustain food and livestock.
“Now we have plenty of water, thanks to the well that was build by Muslim Aid,” she said, wiping her tears.
“We can use the well-water for drinking and eating now. We were living in very difficult conditions before… and we are all very grateful.”
From building a water plant in Gaza to community solar water wells in Yemen, there are many ways you can ensure that communities around the world have more clean water to drink for years to come.
This year’s MAUSA Ramadan projects include:
A water plant development in Gaza
Community solar water wells in Yemen
Mega community water wells in Bangladesh for Rohingya refugees
Community accessible water wells in Ethiopia
A water well for a community in Pakistan
We believe that water is a right, not a privilege — and together, we can work towards a world where every individual, regardless of background, has access to clean, safe water.
“The best charity is giving water to drink.” Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (May peace and blessings be upon him)