Give and let it live on!
Upon being asked regarding the most virtuous form of charity, the Prophet replied, “[Providing] water.”
Wells of Dignity is designed to give women access to clean water in a safe and sound manner free from threats and attacks of sexual violence. Females are the primary water bearers in most countries, at least 2.1 billion people around the world face challenges obtaining water every day. In some countries women and young girls walk up to 3 hours through the night in remote areas in order to queue for water as early as 1am, ready for morning use. On this journey they face many dangers, the most horrific being sexual attacks, abduction and rape. In some cases, conditions are put on the access to water. In Malawi for example, it has been reported that the village of Kalambule had no access to water and had to walk for hours along a remote route. The keeper of the water well only approved the women to come at night and they were only allowed one helping of water per household.
1- Stops life threatening fatalities associated with drinking dirty water
2- Reduces the risk of women and girls being sexually attacked
3- Reduces the risk of girls being kidnapped and sold into the sex trade
4- Empowers women by making free time available to pursue livelihood
5- Gives girls access to an education rather than spending hours fetching water
6- Gives women & girls freedom of safe movement
7- Enables communities to yield better crops
8- Unconditional water is provided to all communities for generations to come
Wells in Yemen can vary between £3500 and £12,000. At the lower end of the price are the hand dug wells. These can only be provided where the water level is very high and going down 50 to 80 feet by hand on soft soil which is easily managed. However, in many parts of Yemen, water levels are very low and drilling rigs are required to reach at 800 metres to 100 metres deep. Hence the price is higher. In Syria, the ground is hard and special drilling rigs are required to penetrate the ground. Also, access to Idlib and Azaz for the drilling rigs can be quite challenging which reflects on the price. Regardless the need is great, Yemen is in famine mode (no food or water) and Syria is going through hidden hunger and thirst. Each well will last for generations to come, give and let it live on.
Malawi £4,000 | Pakistan Balochistan £150, Sindh £250 | Yemen £20,000 | Bangladesh £350
Water Truck Yemen (feeds 40 families) £75
Grant women and children access to clean water in a safe manner and let the charity live on!
Wells of dignity is currently being implemented in Malawi, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Yemen and Syria with the aim of giving a quality of life and safety which every woman deserves.