Pakistan Water Well
Help Pakistan by donating towards a Pakistan Water Well. Water scarcity is one of the biggest public health concerns facing Pakistan today. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has placed Pakistan at ‘third’ in the list of countries facing acute water scarcity– and many experts fear that the country may reach absolute water scarcity by 2040.
In addition, water contamination is a serious health emergency in Pakistan. Annually, an estimated 97,900 adults and 54,000 children under the age of five die from bacterial diarrheoa caused by poor water and sanitation services. This shows how there are far too many people dying from preventable diseases, because they struggle to access clean drinking water and safe sanitation facilities.
Additionally, around 79 million people in Pakistan do not have access to a proper toilet. In fact, the South Asian nation is the third-largest country where people practice open defecation. This can cause the spread of illnesses like bacterial infections, especially amongst menstruating girls and women.
Poor sanitation is a huge health hazard for the population. Not only does it lead to diseases and deaths, but it also contaminates food supplies, causes low school attendance, and increases the risk of assault of girls and women who relieve themselves outside.
Dirty sources of water also contaminates agriculture and aquatic life, demonstrating how dangerous water pollution is for the natural environment.
Where there are water sources, people in rural areas often have to carry heavy pots of water for long distances every day. In Tharparkar, most women and girls have to travel more than 3km and spend three to five hours fetching water. Collecting water is particularly dangerous for children, women and girls, as it is a physically demanding task which leads to health problems like chronic pain, dehydration and back and spine issues.
Fetching water task is also incredibly time-consuming: it takes hours to collect the water and thus leaves little time for duties like attending school, earning money and looking after crops and livestock. Hence, it traps families into a cycle of poverty, as they have to spend all their time collecting water, just to survive.
How have the summer 2022 floods worsened the water crisis in Pakistan?
The summer 2022 floods in Pakistan have greatly exacerbated the water crisis. One third of the country is still submerged underwater- and it will take months for the floodwaters to recede.
All over the country, the floods have destroyed water supply lines and polluted water sources- leaving millions of people with no choice but to drink contaminated water. This means that thousands of people in flood-affected areas are becoming critically ill from waterborne diseases such as cholera.
Research has shown the climate change helped drive the catastrophic flooding in Pakistan. The rising temperatures are causing rapid melting of glaciers and unusual rains, which have displaced 33 million people and caused a loss of over $30 billion to Pakistan’s economy. This means that Pakistan is vulnerable to more extreme weather conditions, unprecedented rainfall, flooding and droughts in the future.
Pakistan is responsible for less than 1% of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions, yet the country is one of the worst affected by climate change.
Now, the people of Pakistan are bearing the brunt, as the 2022 floods have left millions of lives in absolute ruin and despair.
That is why we at Zohra Foundation believe it is important to show solidarity to Pakistan, by donating to the people who need our urgent help during this humanitarian crisis.
How can we help provide clean, safe water for people in Pakistan?
One way in which we can help the people in Pakistan access clean, safe water, is by building water wells.
Clean water is a life-saving staple which results in better health and improved quality of life. The people in Pakistan should not have to risk their lives by going thirsty or drinking polluted water.
Your donations will support the construction and installation of a water well
By contributing to the provision of water wells across Pakistan, you will be saving lives, helping more children go to school, and relieving people from the burden of physically carrying heavy pots of water.
A water well will also help free up the time of people who have to spend hours collecting water- thus allowing them to concentrate on earning money, attending school and looking after their crops and livestock.
Even one water well can transform a village- it will help a community stay hydrated and healthy. Water wells last for years, so they will benefit so many families who otherwise wouldn’t have access to clean water.
As Muslims, it is incumbent on us to give to charity and support people in need. Donating to charity allows you to earn great rewards, increase blessings in your life, and safeguard yourself on the Day of Resurrection.
In a Hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “Every act of kindness is Sadaqah. Part of kindness is that you offer your brother a cheerful face and you pour some of your bucket into his water vessel.”
This beautiful Hadith shows you the importance of gifting water as a form of Sadaqah- so why not donate to build a well?
You can also donate a water well in the name of a loved one- and let them benefit from never-ending rewards!
Sadaqah Jariyah (continuous charity) is also an act which is very pleasing to God. The Messenger of Allah said: “When a man dies, all his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity (Sadaqah Jariyah), beneficial knowledge and a righteous son who prays for him.”
Therefore, Sadaqah Jariyah is an excellent way to reap countless rewards for years to come. It is a truly impactful gesture, as it makes a huge difference for vulnerable communities.
Your Sadaqah Jariyah can help support multiple generations of a needy family and help them tackle chronic thirst and break the cycle of poverty.
Donate today to Zohra Foundation to help build water wells across Pakistan.
Zohra Foundation relies on donations from supporters to fund this emergency aid for the people who urgently need our help in this devastating humanitarian crisis.
Donate here today, so that the affected people in Pakistan can move forward and restore some normality in their lives.
You can choose to make a one-off donation or donate on a monthly basis. By supporting Zohra Foundation with your Zakat and Sadaqah, you will be saving the life of someone in need and fulfilling your Islamic duty to care for elders.
Yes. All projects at Zohra Foundation are Zakat eligible. In the last six years, we have saved the lives of thousands of vulnerable people across Pakistan through our free medical treatment and sponsorship programmes.
You can choose to make a one-off donation or donate on a monthly basis.
By supporting Zohra Foundation as part of your Sadaqah or Zakat, you will be saving the life of someone in need and fulfilling your Islamic duty to care for elders and the poor.
Click here to view the Zakat Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and find out more.
About Zohra Foundation
Zohra Foundation is a London-based charity organization that aims to improve the lives of millions of orphans, widows and the elderly throughout Pakistan and respond to emergencies in other parts of the world.
In the last five years, we have built long-term partnerships with networks of paid specialists, volunteer doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals. These relationships mean that we understand and meet the needs of the local population to deliver emergency relief across Pakistan.
Donate to Zohra Foundation’s Pakistan Flood appeal here.
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