The goal of this campaign is to raise $4500 to build 3 standalone wells for communities in need. This fundraiser is organized by the University of Waterloo Orphan Sponsorship Program (UW OSP) in collaboration with Islamic Relief Canada.
UW OSP: Wells for Hope
Water is the most basic necessity for life. According to the UNICEF approximately 4 billion people every year, battle significant water scarcity for a minimum of one month. Moreover, more than 2 billion people live in countries with inadequate water supply and as early as 2025, nearly half of the world's population may inhabit regions confronting this water scarcity.
Without safe and clean water to drink, those suffering are at risk of dehydration, disease and, at worst, death. The water wells built through this campaign will provide an a method of clean water to ensure proper hydration and sanitation for these communities for more than a decade, supporting more than 2400 people along with providing fifty sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion activities
Every donation helps! If you want to donate a fixed portion of a well, here are some calculations you can keep in mind:
QUARTER OF A WELL
HALF A WELL
Giving water as a form of charity, we know within the Sunnah that:
Sa’d ibn ‘Ubadah reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, my mother has died. Shall I give charity on her behalf?” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Yes.” I said, “Which charity is best?” The Prophet said, “A drink of water.” [Sunan al-Nasā’ī 3664, Grade: Hasan (Al-Albani)]
Ibn 'Abbas said, "There are 360 joints and each of them owes sadaqa every single day. Every good word is sadaqa. A man's helping his brother is sadaqa. A drink of water which he gives is sadaqa. Removing something harmful from the road is sadaqa. [Al Adab Al Mufrad 422, Grade: Sahih (Al-Albani)]
The building of a well can also act as a sadaqah jaariyah, or an ongoing charity, which will continue even after your passing. We hope and pray that Allah (SWT) accepts any and all of your contributions, and that you continue to gain reward from every drop within these wells.
Please be sure to share this fundraiser with as many people as possible, as you will also be rewarded for leading people to a good deed when anyone donates through your sharing of the cause!
Peace be upon you,
UW OSP, the University of Waterloo Orphan Sponsorship Program, is an organization based out of the University of Waterloo. Our primary purpose is to empower orphaned youth. To learn more about our organization, visit uwosp.com and visit our Instagram (@uw_osp) and Facebook pages (https://www.facebook.com/ospuw/).
The wells will be built through Islamic Relief; for more information about them, see below.
Where the money goes:
For the funds raised, ~77% of all proceeds will go directly to the building and maintaining of wells and ~23% goes to fundraising and admin costs through Islamic Relief, a registered Canadian Charitable Organization (Registration No. 821896875RR0001).
About Islamic Relief Organization:
Since being founded in 1984, Islamic Relief (IR) has been responding to humanitarian crises around the world for the past 38 years with an aim to reduce the impact of conflicts and natural disasters. IR works to achieve their aims by providing access to water, food, shelter, healthcare, and education for long term purposes.
All donations to Islamic Relief are tax deductible. Islamic Relief emails out a consolidated tax receipt at the beginning of the following year for all your donations at once.
Islamic Relief Canada's Clean Water for Life Program
The best charity is giving water
A staggering 785 million people are going thirsty each and every day. Without safe and clean water to drink, these people risk dehydration, disease and at worse: death.
How your water donation changes lives
When you donate water wells, not only does it act as a Sadaqah Jariyah (continuous charity) but you also help communities facing water scarcity access clean and safe water. Your generous donations are helping us to reach over 200,000 people through over 100 water wells, hand pumps, and water infrastructure to provide clean water for life.
We support communities across the globe in a variety of ways, including:
Offering life-saving clean water to thousands of students by installing water tanks at various schools in Sudan
Installing drip irrigation systems in Ethiopia to support agro pastoral farmers
Ensuring that families can directly access clean water by drilling and installing hand pump water wells in their homes
Creating water management committees and providing local community members with the training to manage their community’s water systems
Water Charity: Sustainable sources of clean water
Here at Islamic Relief, we’re working worldwide in over 40 countries across the globe to ensure that not only do communities have a safe and reliable source of water for today, but for life too.
When we build a water system, we ensure communities have a sustainable source of clean water for years to come.
We bypass short-term interventions and high running costs to instead provide long-term sustainable solutions; installing irrigation systems, building water tanks, training communities, distributing hygiene kits and rehabilitating viable water systems.
Help us to provide men, women and children clean and safe water, an essential we all take for granted.
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