Water And Sanitation Program | Islamic Charity | IRUSA

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Water is Life

Water is the key to all life: Nearly every single living organism needs water to survive. Yet across the globe, one in three people do not have access to clean water (UNICEF, WHO).

Without water to drink, people can’t live. Without water for their crops and livestock, they can’t eat enough or earn a living. If their water isn’t clean, they won’t be healthy. If their water comes from a faraway source, they have to spend their days carrying it instead of going to school or earning an income—this affects women and girls the most.

A United Nations publication, “Safe Water as the Key to Global Health,” stated: “No other single intervention is more likely to have a significant impact on global poverty than the provision of safe water.”

Islamic Relief’s Dedication to Water and Sanitation

Islamic Relief water and sanitation projects–both at the emergency and long-term levels–have been providing essential aid for many years.

When we build a water system, we ensure communities have a sustainable source of clean water for years to come. We recognize the risk of drought, displacement, and disease and with over thirty years of expertise as a global IR family, we know that simply drilling wells and installing water pumps cannot solve the water crisis.

We bypass short-term interventions and high running costs to instead provide long-term sustainable solutions; installing irrigation systems, building water tanks, training communities, distributing hygiene kits and rehabilitating viable water systems.

Here’s just a sampling of our recent efforts for water and sanitation:

  • Improved access to safe and hygienic shower and gender-friendly sanitation facilities for women and girls who are Myanmar refugees living in camps.
  • Rehabilitating and constructing water harvesting structures in Somalia.
  • Building flood protection and retaining walls at points posing flood risk to villages in Pakistan.

We Need YOUR Help

We envision a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation; where water is treated as a right, not a privilege. If we work together—with YOU—we can make that vision a reality.

$1,000 can help set the foundation for a solar-powered water generator in drought-prone regions

$250 can help build safe sanitation zones for women and girls

$30 can provide clean water access to families in need

Please donate now and help break the chains of poverty by opening up access to clean water and sanitation.

“The best charity is giving water to drink and He was the most generous in giving charity.”


PLEASE NOTE: Donations made to IRUSA’s Water Aid fund may serve urgent or long-term water programs in the United States or across the world.

Stories From the Ground


Kadia now has clean water sources: irusa.org/mali

“I used to wake up at around 5am to walk about a half-a-mile before reaching a drinking water point. Sometimes, I spent more than an hour and half before returning home,” says Kadia, a young wife and mother of two, from a village in Mali.

Read Kadia’s full story here



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