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Water Appeal - Your Ummah is Thirsty

Since 2014, Ummah Charity International has:

- Build 256 Water Wells
- Installed 2,864 Hand Water Pumps
- Provided 150,000 People with clean water

Water is essential in sustaining a livelihood and helping communities survive. In fact, an individual cannot survive without water for more than 3 days. So, how is it that a staggering 2.2 billion people in developing countries have little or no access to this vital resource at all?

Water Crisis for Ummah

Did you know that almost 40% of all deaths in Pakistan are caused by water contamination? Moreover, water scarcity is one of the main obstacles to the progression and well-being of the ummah. Since many households depend on water for agriculture, washing, cooking and sanitation, having access to clean water is paramount to the sustainability of the entire community, not just to that of the individual.

How Do We Help?
At Ummah Charity International, we have worked in over 20 areas across Pakistan to relieve the burden of water scarcity through our Muslim ummah. With the help of your Zakat and Sadaqah donations, more than 150,000 people have benefited from the water wells and hand water pumps that were installed along with the provision of water tankers and bottles of safe drinking water in vulnerable communities.Giving Zakat with UCI not only allows you to fulfil your religious duty, but also helps our ummah overcome the cycle of poverty and build a sustainable future. And, as much as your Zakat contributes to their future, it also contributes to your own protection in the Hereafter.Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

These people, belonging to impoverished families with not much to live on have found hope through our Water for Life Project. So, will you help us spread the hope and make a water well donation?

Some of the districts we worked in are:

Kashmore, Ghambat, Bakshapur, Gudhpur, Kot Sabzal, Ranipur, Moro, Dadu, Ghotki, Mir Pur Mathelo

‘The Messenger of Allah (saw) was asked, “Which charity is best?” He replied, “[Providing] water”.’
[Abu Dawud]
Water as Sadaqah Jariyah

‘When a person dies, his deeds come to an end, except for three: ongoing charity (Sadaqah Jariyah), knowledge that is benefited from, and a righteous child who prays for him.’ [Sahih Muslim]

Sadaqah Jariyah or ongoing charity is a timeless charity with mutual rewards and benefits for the giver and receiver, which most often extend in the Hereafter and get passed on to the next generation. Isn’t it beautiful how a single act of charity grows into a powerful change that outlasts generations?

Among the varied acts of Sadaqah Jariyah, there is one that surpasses all – giving water is sacred in Islam because it is equivalent to giving someone the gift of life.

And our Prophet (pbuh) Himself has said that giving water is the best kind of charity. Interested to read more about this powerful form of Sadaqah Jariyah? Check out our blog here.

The Impact of Your Donations

One single hand water pump can benefit up to 25 people and a water well aids around 200 individuals in an entire community.

Access to clean water builds sustainability for a community—children can go to school instead of spending time on collecting water and adults can focus on work— which, in time, leads to a future outside poverty. Both your Zakat and Sadaqah donations have contributed to a healthier ummah, not only physically, but also on a mental level.

As a result of your efforts:

  • The beneficiaries can now use the clean water for drinking, cooking, washing, watering crops, and hydrating their animals.
  • Women and girls no longer have to walk miles to fetch water, which means they are able to pursue their education.
  • Sanitation and hygiene improved substantially – people no longer have to rely on dirty and contaminated water to survive and dehydration is significantly reduced.
Making a Difference: The Story of Abdul Qari

“It is all because of Ummah Charity International that my children no longer have to suffer the consequences of not having clean water”, Abdul Qari said with tears of gratitude.

Abdul is a senior citizen living with his 11 children in a single bedroom house in Rangpur, a populated area in Sindh, Pakistan. Here, people struggle with contaminated water, food insecurity and the stress of managing their daily affairs on a constant basis.

Since Abdul’s health has been declining, his children had to travel to enormous distances to fetch water for daily use, which meant they also had to renounce their own education and future, so they can help their father.

“And my children, although in possession of the water we needed, also supported cuts and bruises from their journey”, Abdul said.

These are the dangerous circumstances in which families like Abdul Qari’s live, who without your help would never have broken free from this endless cycle of poverty. Your Zakat and Sadaqah enabled Ummah to step in and install several water hand pumps in different houses including Abdul’s.

Like any father, Abdul Qari’s biggest concern was the welfare of his children, many of whom were physically harmed in their mission to get even a drop of water.

“Thank you to everyone who donated towards this hand pump. Every penny given towards this cause will help more people like me to support their families. These hand pumps have introduced a whole new way of living for us, and for this, we cannot thank you enough.”

This multi-purpose initiative has brought many changes to Rangpur. The best part is that children can now pursue their future without having to worry that they are leaving their families behind.

You can help more families like Abdul’s, struggling to get access to such an essential resource as clean water, which many of us take for granted.

How we manage your donations

At Ummah, we understand our responsibility doesn’t end with the construction of the well. This is a process and we conduct follow-up checks regularly even after the installation of the water wells and pumps. This is how we work: 

  • We receive your donation and carefully select our next location.
  • The completion of a project usually takes between 9 and 12 months.
  • Team UCI supervises the installation of the water hand pump and water wells.
  • We then hold an awareness session based on hygiene practices.
  • The UCI team conducts regular follow-up checks of the installed water pumps and wells.
  • We will send feedback reports to all donors containing photos from the location.

Note: You can donate a handpump or water well in yours or loved one’s name. If no name for a hand pump or water well is given in the ‘notes’ of the donation, we will use the donor name given on the receipt for the plaque.

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