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Safe Water Appeal

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Give Water, Save Lives

When we wash the dishes, load up your washing machine, or hop in for a quick shower, it’s easy for us to forget that access to water is a luxury that many people across the globe do not have.

One person out of every nine people lacks a clean water source close to home, and one in three doesn’t have access to hygienic toilets. Inadequate sanitation can lead to the contamination of drinking water and the spread of diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid. In 2010, the United Nations recognised access to clean water and sanitation as a human right.

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It’s no wonder that providing water is considered one of the greatest charities in Islam. In fact, water is mentioned in the Quran over 60 times and the waste of water is explicitly condemned.

Saad Ibn Ubadah reported that when he wished to donate to charity upon the death of his mother, he asked the Prophet (PBUH) what charity is best, to which the Prophet replied, “A drink of water.”

Human Appeal has long sought to ensure that vulnerable people have access to clean water even during the height of crises. We know that establishing sustainable irrigation systems, sanitary toilets and secure access to water close to home are paramount in fighting poverty, but we also recognise that ensuring clean water and latrines are available when disaster strikes is key to limiting the severity of the disaster.

To ensure that vulnerable communities are given the tools to lift themselves out of poverty, Human Appeal works to improve the infrastructure of the communities in which we work.

But we also provide essential water and hygiene supplies in times of crisis, to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.

What Are Our Clean Water Projects?


In 2017, Human Appeal provided 25,000 people in 10 villages with drinking water in the Rakhine State of Myanmar through our local partners. We also distributed hygiene kits to thousands of Rohingya people affected by this crisis, both within Myanmar, and to those that had fled to Bangladesh.

In Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, we installed shallow and deep tube wells supporting a total of 12,000 Rohingya refugees. We also provided the community with 75 pit toilets and a secure toilet for women and children.

Read more about our response to the Rohingya crisis

We work with the local Bangladeshi community, providing over 2,000 people with access to clean water and sanitation facilities in disaster-prone areas, benefiting a total of almost 30,000 people.

During the battle of Mosul, Human Appeal was the first agency to provide water, which assisted 23,000 people. We continued to deliver water via trucks after the battle had ended, throughout the summer and into the autumn of 2017.

In Aden, Yemen, we established a clean water project supporting 300,000 people during the Dengue Fever outbreak in 2015. We have also provided safe water to schools in Aden and Lahj and in response to a cholera outbreak, we provided hospitals and a cholera centre with essential supplies.

More than 90% of water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption, due to high salinity levels, as well as the contamination of the enclave’s only aquifer by sewage. Human Appeal has long been working to improve access to clean water in the Gaza Strip.

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Premi’s Story

In order to improve long-term access to safe water, we installed wells and water pumps in Pakistan that will support tens of thousands of people. This year, we will continue this support by establishing a six water filtration plants.

In order to improve long-term access to safe water, we installed wells and water pumps in Pakistan that will support tens of thousands of people. This year, we will continue this support by establishing a six water filtration plants.

Premi told us,

“Before the solar water pump was installed, I used to have to spend three to four hours just to retrieve water from the nearest pump.” It was a trip Premi used to undertake two or three times a day. “Now it only takes a few minutes to get water.”

Human Appeal assists vulnerable people in 22 countries worldwide, both during emergencies when clean water, shelter and food is essential, and throughout the year, helping them to develop sustainable livelihoods, secure access to clean water and improve educational opportunities.

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