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The Messenger of Allah (saw) was asked, “Which charity is best?” He replied providing water” (Abu Dawud).
Universal, affordable and sustainable access to WASH is a key public health issue as well as a human right. Water has also been mentioned 63 times in the Quran, indicating that its provision is one of the greatest charities in Islam.
“I used to walk eight miles every day to collect water. The container was heavy and my young child had to make this journey in the heat with me every day. Thanks to Al-Khair foundation we now have a well in our village and life is much easier” (beneficiary)
Studies have shown that water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families all around the world. Nevertheless, in 2017 the World Health Organization estimated that 2.3 billion people continue to live without sanitation facilities and 844 million without access to safe and clean drinking water.
At Al-Khair Foundation we strive to provide WASH in even the most remote corners of the world. To date, we have installed over 25,000 water hand pumps, 1,520 water wells, and 70 water filtration units. We have also rigged 15 deep boreholes and acquired 12 water tankers to transport water to remote locations. To complement these efforts, we educate communities on proper sanitation and hygiene practices to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.
We conduct thorough needs assessments, build wells and deliver clean water programs where they are needed the most.
Highlights of our Water/Wash Project for the year 2020.
We have implemented a water well project, with 25 wells installation in Afghanistan
Installed 200 hand pumps in 4 districts of Bangladesh aiming at supplying the people with safe water preventing the increase of water-borne diseases, namely Rajbari, Bogura, Kishoreganj and Khulna.
Managed to retain the sustainability of 216 washrooms, 287toilets and 149 tube wells for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh benefitting 55000 individuals.
AKF responded to drought in Killifi County through the construction of two water tanks with a 5,000 litre tank powered by solar panels one in Gongoni Village and the other in Kibao Kiche Village benefitting 1500 people in these villages. AKF also constructed two shallow wells in Mbandi and Katime in Machakos county aiding 170 households.
In Somaliland, Bali-Matan Dam, Rehabilitation project involved rehabilitating the dam and renovating it with essential pumping, storage, and distribution services. Around 1300 households are benefitting from this project. Bali-Matan Dam Rehabilitation project is the only water source in the area, providing water for both humans and animals.
Installed more than 2500 hand pumps in various districts of Sindh and Punjab of Pakistan.
Installed 7 Water Filtration plants in Gaza (Khan Younis, Zaytoun, and other needy areas) servicing 4000 people on daily basis.
Responded to the water crisis in Yemen through the construction of a well in a village helping a total of 5,000 people.
In Kenya, 20 wells were constructed in the 22 villages to meet the water needs of the communities. AKF constructed 50 latrines for 100 households for Kiangwe Village. The project intends to promote cleanliness and public hygiene among the Kiangwe residents.