For two years, lack of rainfall in Niger has had a devastating effect on the people of Ouallam district.
No crops are growing, and there is no clean water to drink, cook or wash with. Everyone is hungry, and children are picking up diseases from what little infected water there is available.
Islamic Relief built a solar-panelled well in Farka village, taking natural energy from the sun, and using it to pump pure water from deep below the ground into a vast seven metre-tall tank.
The water is then split between four borehole wells, so that all 2,500 villagers have a water source nearby.
The panels store energy, so the well keeps working at night or on cloudy days – the perfect low-cost, environmentally-friendly solution which never runs out!
For 17-year-old Nafisa Salei, the well means that she doesn’t have to carry heavy, back-breaking buckets of water over long distances for her family every morning.
The crisis in Niger is far from over, but this is just one of the ways Islamic Relief is creating solutions to the lack of water – solutions which last for good.
Alhamdulillah, the UK Government will match donations we receive during Ramadan, pound for pound, up to a total of £5 million.
That means that all donations to our Food, Water, Global Emergency and Livelihoods projects, and all zakat and sadaqah, will be doubled - so your money will go twice as far this Ramadan!
Together, we can give twice as many peoplewater for life.
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