How many times a day do you use water?

From simple luxuries like making coffee, to necessities like bathing and drinking, water plays a critical role in our everyday lives. What would happen, though, if the water we relied on wasn’t clean?

For women like Hapsita Abdelrahim in the Abdiher village in Chad, living with contaminated water was a reality for her and her five children. The Abdiher village had one manual water pump that did not serve as a sufficient source for its residents. Oftentimes, Hapsita and her children had to walk for at least two hours to find water—sometimes polluted water—in Waddis.

If the water was polluted, it was polluted with human dirt and animal excrement, but they would often still use it to bathe, wash their clothes, and drink.

With at least two billion people in the world using contaminated water sources, water pollution is a dark, worldwide reality.

Thanks to IRUSA donors, however, Hapsita and her children now celebrate clean water in their village, along with better sanitation and hygiene that Islamic Relief USA helped promote.

Hapsita’s three girls and two boys are now able to go to school, since they no longer have to spend their days walking to collect water. Hapsita collects the water with ease and efficiency, and people from neighboring villages rejoice in having access to clean water in close proximity.

The contaminated water spread viruses that cause health issues like typhoid, abdominal pain, and kidney problems. Diseases are an even greater issue in the village, given that the hospital district is located far outside.

Hapsita’s gratitude for the new water source lights up her beautiful face, which is so much less weary now that one of her greatest hardships has been lifted. She gives thanks to Allah, Islamic Relief USA, and the donors who made this possible.

In Hapsita’s words, “They relieved us, thank God.”