MashaAllah, a donor recently contacted Muslim Hands to begin the groundwork for the largest Special Programmes Project in Muslim Hands history. Pledging a staggering one million pounds in financial support, this donor’s special project aims to provide clean drinking water to the population of Afghanistan. The vision is to lay the foundations for the first step in bringing Afghanistan out of poverty. Young, old, male and female – everyone will benefit in sha' Allah. The project is expected to take approximately five years to complete, with the hope that by 2025, Afghanistan will start to break free from the cycle of poverty through its new-found blessings.
Afghanistan is currently one of the poorest countries in the world and only 23% of the population have access to clean safe drinking water.* In the UK, a plentiful supply of clean safe water to drink is something that many of us take for granted, yet for people in Afghanistan, the reality is sadly quite the opposite. Without clean water, people remain at risk of water-borne diseases and dehydration, farmers cannot maintain a stable livelihood and families struggle with everyday activities such as washing, making wudu and cooking.
Providing others with a clean, safe supply of water is an incredibly worthy act of charity. Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: 'The best charity is giving water to drink.' (Ahmad). The provision of clean water will allow crops, fruit, vegetables, goats, chickens and sheep to flourish, thereby empowering the people of Afghanistan to break free of the chains of poverty.
Our generous brother is dedicating the construction of such wells in memory of our noble Final Messenger of God, Prophet Muhammad (saw). As Allah (swt) says in the Holy Qur’an: 'Indeed Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet. O believers, call for Allah's blessings on him and salute him with all respect.' (33:56) All the recipients in Afghanistan from this special project will receive this amazing news before wells are built in their communities. In sha' Allah, the project will bring happiness and joy to these families.
Whilst our anonymous donor has agreed to fund the entire project from start to completion with a base cost of £1,000,000, members of the public can also contribute any amount within their means. This could include donating one of many forms of Sadaqah Jariyah, for example farming tools and seeds and livestock such as chickens, goats, cows and sheep. Such support will allow families to maximise the use of their new water supply to become self-sufficient.
We welcome you all to participate in this unique opportunity in freeing one of the poorest nations from poverty for generations to come, if not forever in sha' Allah. View our full range of charity gifts here and join this noble cause.
*Statistics: UN Officer of the High Commissioner for Human Rights