Build Water Wells
The Prophet ﷺ said,
"The best charity is giving water to drink." [Ahmad]
Water is essential for living as it is vital for drinking, growing crops and cleanliness. However, if the water is contaminated it can cause disease and ultimately death. Approximately 785 million people in the world have no access to clean water. People (primarily women) in Africa have to walk many miles daily to collect water that may not necessarily be clean.
Digging durable water wells in Africa requires technical knowledge, cultural understanding, proper planning, quality materials and experience. ITI have learnt first-hand that manual water wells are easier to maintain and long-lasting and therefore the best solutions to ensure a long-term supply of clean water.
In a manual water well, the water is pulled out from the well with a bucket. This is a safe process, as the people collecting the water do not have to lean dangerously forward in order to draw the water.
ITI builds manual water wells to provide clean water to entire villages that previously had little access to water.
The Prophet ﷺ said:
“Whoever digs a well will receive reward from Allah on the Day of Judgement when anyone from amongst the jinn, men and birds drink from it.”
[Bukhari and Muslim]
- Water wells are usually 15-30 metres deep
- Water wells can benefit up to 200 people in a village
- Up to 300/400 litres of water per hour can be drawn out from a water well
- Water wells cost approximately £1000, though this can vary depending on the country