IRON AID AND ISLAMIC RELIEF PRESENT - WALK FOR WATER!

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “The best charity is giving water to drink” and He ﷺ was the most generous in giving charity – Ahmad. 

Join us for this family-friendly 5km walk around the Rickmansworth Aquadrome in support of providing families in East Africa with Water For Life.

Date: Sunday 16th September 2018

Location: Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Frogmoor Lane, WD3 1NB

Registration: Free!

Sponsorship target: £450 (Enough to provide a whole family with water for the rest of their lives) 

For more information contact: challeges@islamic-relief.org.uk


ABOUT THE PROJECT | WATER FOR LIFE

Challenges usually support our Water4Life projects. This year the chosen water project will install a borehole well in Somalia and will provide clean, safe drinking water to 3000 people.

East Africa goes through a reoccurring cycle of drought and in some cases, this deteriorates into famine every few years.  The loss of life in these cases, due to the lack of water, is unacceptable.  Because communities go for months on end without rainfall, they are forced to drink contaminated water that is full of diseases such as acute watery diarrhoea, cholera, and other serious illnesses.  A child dies every 25 seconds because of water-borne diseases.

In these parts of Africa, the only clean source of water that is available

is hundreds of meters below the ground.  The huge aquifers that hold millions of litres of pure safe drinking water cannot be accessed easily.  For this, a special drill is used that can dig thousands of meters into the ground. Once the hole is dug, a submersible pump is lowered into the water source and is connected to a power source above ground, either a solar powered battery or a generator.  The water is pumped up through the pipe and into a storage tank.  The tank can hold approximately 35,000 litres of water at a time and is usually filled twice a day. That’s 70,000 litres of clean, pure, safe drinking water a day!

The storage tank has a network of pipes that supplies water to water kiosks where families can come and fill their jerry cans with water.  This means that women and children do not need to spend up to 7 hours a day walking to a contaminated water source.  Children can spend time at school and not be at the risk of attack on their long journeys in search of water.

Since many of the affected people are from farming communities, their livestock is essential for their survival.  The borehole project includes water troughs for animals to drink from to ensure that families do not lose their livestock, and therefore their means for survival. 

Islamic Relief has already implemented numerous borehole projects across Africa, providing a regular and safe supply of water to tens of thousands of families. These projects have an estimated lifespan of around 80 years, which means that an entire generation could have clean water every single day. An amazing Sadaqah Jariyah! 


Islamic Relief UK

Islamic Relief is an international relief and development charity that aims to alleviate the suffering of the worlds poorest people.

As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Islamic Relief promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities - regardless of race, religion or gender.

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