Imagine not having access to clean, safe water.
Did you know that 200 million hours are spent collecting clean water by those without access to clean, safe water? Those 200 million hours add up to 8.3 million days or more than 22,800 years! Most of this water collection burden falls on children and women. Water collection takes time away from education or even prevents children from attending school at all. Not having access to clean, safe water can be deadly for children. More than 300,000 children under 5 die annually from diarrheal diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water.
With our Water Program, we dig and install hand pumps and wells that provide a source of safe, clean water to communities worldwide. We teach water and sanitation awareness to communities and provide critical testing for arsenic contamination. If you give the gift of water, you can dedicate a handpump or well to a loved as a source of Sadaqah Jariyah.Water Fund
Rallying a Nation to build 100 water sources this month
When you give someone the gift of water, you are giving the gift of life. With every water source we build with your donation, you not only give the gift of life itself but one of hope and love.
Getting Started. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
Select your water project
Unsure about the type of water source to choose? Learn more about the water sources.
Give Sadaqah Jariyah
Dedicate your water project and give your gift securely.
We do the rest
Our team breaks ground and your blessings begin to flow. We promise to keep you updated; you'll hear from us soon!
Choosing A Water Source
A Water Well or a Hand Pump?
- 15 year lifespan
- 40-60 ft. below surface level
- Water extracted from pool
- Requires physical effort
- 30 year lifespan
- 100-150 ft. below surface
- Water from freshwater source
- Minimal physical effort
What to Know About Gifting Water
Zakat Foundation of America performs water well construction in a variety of countries in East and West Africa in areas of greatest need, and hand pumps in Southeast Asia.
The construction of an entire well is $3,000 with a 6% overhead cost included per well, and $500 for one hand pump. It may take up to one year to complete the construction of a well and up to 8 months to construct a hand pump; however, this is rare, and, under extreme conditions such as political turmoil, the time frame may be prolonged.
As part of a collaborative process, our team’s on-the-ground partner with local organizations who work alongside individuals in their respective communities to successfully complete the construction of each water project.
Each well has a lifespan of up to 30 years and each pump has a lifespan of up to 15 years, depending on the maintenance, the weather conditions, and the material with which it had been constructed.
Water well types vary from country to country based on preference. Mali, Mauritania, and Cambodia utilize a pulley. Kenya, Ghana, and India work with a pump on top of the well. Furthermore, beneficiaries range from region to region. If your water is well constructed in a more metropolitan region, there will be more traffic and more beneficiaries (ranging anywhere from 500-1000). If it is in a more rural region there will be fewer beneficiaries (150-300).
All water projects take anywhere from 6 - 8 months* to complete.
*Subject to varying time frames, due to various reasons such as weather, access, equipment, paperwork, health outbreaks, and human resources.
A Legacy of Blessings
Zakat Foundation of America provides each donor the option of dedicating their water project. A plaque with the donor’s name or the name of a loved one can be added at no extra cost. Many dedicate a water well or pump to a loved one in memory or honor, thereby creating a Sadaqah Jariyah - ever flowing blessings.
Upon completion, our donors will receive photos of their water project along with coordinates so they can one day visit themselves and see the impact of their gift.
Delaware Students Invest in Safe Clean Water for Kids
These kids used every fundraising tool they could. They ran bake sales, they did videos that they shared with friends and families, they blogged, and in the end, they were able to raise enough money for 101 wells!
How One Man Helped Bring Water To The Siaka School for the Blind
“This project has saved lives,” said the God-fearing man. “Our kids have gone through hell whenever they used to go to the river to draw water. Now they have water and a pump."
A Dedicated Life and Legacy
It wasn’t until I joined Zakat Foundation of America that I realized this is what it means to be a part of something bigger than yourself. This is the feeling people have when their heart and soul are connected to their work.
Join our Water Challenge
Zakat Foundation Water Challenge
Get Certified as a Zakat Foundation Water Scarcity Ambassador. Receive your certificate by joining us for this good cause. Help raise awareness by participating in weekly challenges that help conserve water while shining a spotlight on water scarcity issues across the globe.
Challenge 1: Save Change to Save Lives
Fill old, used plastic water bottles with loose change to help support water projects with Zakat Foundation. Any amount helps provide clean water to those in need.
Send us your tally and pictures or videos to [email protected].
The team with the most funds collected will be given special recognition on all our social media channels, website, and will receive an honorable mention from our Executive Director. If your school participates, your school will receive a plaque recognizing their contribution. See full rules here.
Challenge 2: Make a Video
Did you know that 200 million hours are spent collecting water by children instead of going to school?
Make a video of yourself shining a light on this issue. Tell us what is at risk for these children? What are they losing out on? Most importantly, be sure to tell us how we can all help with our water crisis.
Follow @zakatus and share your video to social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter).
Be sure to tag @zakatus and;
use #waterambassador #zakatfoundationofamerica
You can also submit your video to [email protected].
Challenge 3: Change your Water Habits
Implement 3 easy water-saving habits into your daily routine. You could be sure to turn off the water when brushing your teeth, or reduce your showering time, or use a refillable water bottle instead of buying disposable water bottles.
Follow @zakatus and share your video or picture to social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter).
Be sure to tag @zakatus and;
use #waterambassador #zakatfoundationofamerica
You can also submit your video or picture to [email protected].
Challenge 4: Write a Blog Post
Water is life.
Write up to a 500 word blog post telling us what that statement means. Submit your blogs to [email protected]
Water Challenge Rules: Competition is open to US residents. Participation in all 4 challenges is required to receive the certificate of completion. For the Save Change to Save Lives challenge you are required to send in your official tally of funds raised to [email protected] by March 31, 2021. Upon confirmation of tally, you will be required to send the funds to Zakat Foundation of America. Payment methods will be confirmed by Nayma Kose ([email protected].) The winner will be announced by April 13, 2021. For schools that are participating in this challenge, Zakat Foundation of America will send a letter of recognition and plaque. For participants not on social media channels, you can send your submission to [email protected]. For content submitted Zakat Foundation reserves the right to use the content for promotional and editorial use.