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The Water Crisis

Key Facts

Nearly 800 million people lack access to clean water around the world.

Women and girls spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.

Every minute a new-born baby dies from a water-borne illness.

Our Solution is to Provide Clean Water for Life

With the generous support of people like you, we can create sustainable solutions that work best for a specific community.

We start by assessing the needs of the locals on an individual basis and then work with our partners on the ground to ensure these people have access to clean water and sanitation. We support lots of different communities around the world and tailor our solutions to meet their specific needs.

In our experience, villagers living in barren deserts tend to rely solely on toxic water as their main water source. Here, we would install filtration systems and construct wells that can extract water from up to 80 meters below the ground. In addition, we would also implement sanitation projects that will greatly benefit crowded settlements like these.

One of the biggest problems we encounter in developing countries is a complete lack of knowledge about health and hygiene. To combat this, we take an inclusive approach with all of our water projects and deliver educational programmes to train people on how to use water safely and how to keep their water sources clean.

We make it our responsibility to ensure that the provision of clean water and sanitation does not end when construction does. Instead, we train and support community leaders so that they are able to safely maintain their new water source for years to come. We are also committed to upholding quality over quantity and regularly carry out water testing throughout the implementation process and long afterward too.

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Giving Water is a Sadaqah Jariyah Chain Reaction

Clean safe water can:

Allow farming communities to properly maintain their crops and livestock

Allow Muslims to perform wudhu before prayer

Be the first step to prosperity for developing communities around the world

Ensure that more children spend time in school instead of walking for miles to collect water

Prevent water-borne diseases from spreading and destroying entire communities

Protect women and young girls from the dangers of walking along unsafe paths to collect water

Women and Girls are Dying because of Unsafe Water Sources

“My daughter fell in the well, I ran for help, but it was too late. She died and I lost my mind” -Siyani (Sindh, Pakistan)

Siyani lives in a small village in Sindh, Pakistan. The worsening drought meant the community have lost their primary source of income and the responsibility of collecting water falls on young girls who walk to poorly maintained wells that often lack boundary walls or any safety features. 

Siyani’s life is forever changed by the tragic loss of her young daughter, Sahib. 

One day as Sahib attempted to retrieve the bucket she had lowered into a deserted well, she was pulled in and fell headfirst and drowned. 

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Dirty Water Kills 3.5 Million People Every Year

“We drink the water the animals use, it makes us sick, but we have no choice. The next water source is too far away” – Nafissa, Takwaret, Niger

Nafissa and her daughters must make the treacherous 3 km journey each day to fetch water for their community. Their only source of water is a disease-ridden watering hole that livestock use to drink and defecate in. 

Polluted water like this isn’t just dirty- it’s deadly. In Niger alone, 11,500 children die every year from diarrheal diseases transmitted through polluted water.

Water-poor communities like Nafissa’s are often too poor to find alternative water sources. Instead, villagers spend hours each day collecting dirty water, which means little time for work, school, or family duties. This leads them to become locked in a vicious cycle of poverty and unable to achieve their full potential.

A Dig-A-Well could save thousands of lives each year, lives that could be transformed for the better. 

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Q. Where are the wells built, and can I choose the location?

A. We build Tube Wells in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Where Most Needed, Dig-a-Wells in Mali, Niger, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Where Most Needed, as well as Community Wells. You can choose which location you would like your well to be built in. If you are unsure, select the “Where Most Needed” option and let our team of experts pick a location for you, based on current needs.

Q. How does Muslim Hands determine the exact location of the well?

A. We work with a wide range of expert partners who are on the ground in each location. These partners help to carry out periodic assessments, taking a detailed profile of each community and determining their needs. They work with the community leaders to work out what types of wells and how many need to be constructed in each area.

Q. Do I receive feedback, and when?

A. Yes. You will receive personalized ‘feedback reports’ after your well has been completed. These reports will give you more details about the project as well as pictures of the well and information about the beneficiaries.

Q. Does the well come with a plaque?

A. Yes. You can choose to add a name that you would like to appear on the plaque that is installed on the well. If you don’t want to include a name, you can leave this section blank.

Q. How long does it take for the wells to be built?

A. Each type of well has a different construction period, due to the size of the well and seasonal weather changes. Tube Wells usually takes between 6-9 months to build, while Dig-a-Wells and Community Wells can take up to 1 year.


'The best form of Sadaqa is giving someone water to drink'. (Ahmad)

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Muslim Hands ZA

Established in 1996, Muslim Hands South Africa is an aid agency and NGO aiming to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. It is a branch of Muslim Hands UK established in 1993 in Nottingham.