In sub-Saharan Africa the lack of access to clean, safe water is having a devastating impact on millions of vulnerable children and their families. African Development Trust has been building sustainable water wells and clean water projects across sub-Saharan Africa for the last 14 years to give clean water for life to some of the poorest communities in the world. In 2016 we built 46 water wells in Somalia which provide water to more than 23,688 people and trained 230 people in local communities on water management and sanitation.

The continuing severe droughts in the region, which have been worsened by the ongoing impact of climate change, and a lack of sanitation and water systems has left nearly 400 million people without access to clean, safe water. In rural areas of Africa families have been left without the ability to grow crops or keep livestock forcing them to become destitute or even starve. Our needs-based assessments mean that we are providing clean water and digging wells for the some of the poorest families in the world in the remotest areas of Africa.

By providing sustainable water programmes and supporting our clean water project in the region, including water wells and sanitation programmes, you will not only be giving these families clean water you will be giving them life.

A lack of access to clean, safe water is a root cause of poverty and hunger for those living in extreme poverty. Today over 80% of illnesses in Africa are linked to dirty, polluted water and it is one of the highest causes of child death in the region. Just think of the lives that could be saved with a simple gift of clean water for life for one family?

The World Health Organisation estimates that for every $1 invested in water and sanitation there is an economic return of between $3-34. Sub-Saharan Africa loose over 40 billion hours every year collecting water and often women and children are expected to support in collecting water from dirty, polluted sources daily. These hours spent collecting water could be spent working and providing for a family or going to school instead. Access to clean water will give them the time to build a new future and an opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty.

Giving the gift of clean water will mean a family can survive, provide for their families and build a future outside the cycle of poverty. Clean water is a basic human right and your generosity will give the poorest people in Africa the life they deserve.

Water and Islam

“….And we send water down from the sky, in measure, and allocate it on Earth, and lo! We are also able to withdraw it.” (Quran 23:18)

It is easy for us to take access to clean, safe water for granted but for millions of people across the world it is something they can only dream of. From the food we eat to the shelter we live in water is vital for life and almost everything we do relies on it in some form. This valuable resource has a central importance in Islam and giving it to others is considered a great charitable act which is greatly rewarded which brings us closer to Allah.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said “The best form of charity is to give someone water.”

Can you then imagine the reward of giving people an ongoing water resource? This Sadaqah Jariyah will bring reward to a person long after their demise and provide clean water for decades.

Sa’d ibn Ubadah reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, my mother has died. Shall I give charity on her behalf?” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Yes.” I said, “Which charity is best?” The Prophet said, “A drink of water.”
(Sunan al-Nasā’ī 3664)