Building water
wells in Yemen

Building water wells in Yemen

Ongoing problems such as the cholera and polio outbreak, poor hygiene conditions and lack of necessary equipment have created a massive burden on existing Yemeni health institutions.

The Situation

With poor hygiene conditions and a lack of necessary equipment, health institutions in Yemen have been overwhelmed by Cholera and Polio outbreaks.

  • 311,288 recorded cases of Cholera in 214 districts

  • Children accounting for 32% of Cholera cases

  • 401 Cholera associated deaths

The outbreak is a direct result of:

  • Lack of access to safe drinking water. 

  • Inadequate water sources and infrastructure in camps predominantly populated by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

    How you can help


    Build one solar water with inscription


    Build one solar well without inscription


    Build one regular water well with inscription


    Build one regular water well without inscription

    The Impact

    140,000 people, presently vulnerable to infectious diseases and illnesses, will have access to clean, safe drinking water.

    The current need:

    • 2 solar-panel supported water wells in Lahj camp

    • 4 ordinary wells in Lahj camp

    • 1 solar-panel supported water well in Abian camp

    • 4 standard water wells


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    What is the difference between a regular well and a solar well?

    A regular well is a water system that pumps water from the underground water table. The regular wells uses a motorized engine which runs off of gasoline. The motor pumps water through large water hoses that people use to fill up jerry cans with to water consumption.

    A solar well has a very similar setup however instead of running on a gasoline motor engine, it uses the power of the sun to power the engine. This a far more environmentally friendly solution and more sustainable.

    For both types of wells they all have pipelines that irrigate nearby farmland to ensure farmers in the area can grow crops to help families survive during the ongoing conflict. This way, IDRF for our Yemen food programs, we purchase food from these farmers and provide them to vulnerable families. Therefore, your water donation does not just support a people with clean water it helps provide food as well. Finally the water wells are managed and owned by the local community to ensure we take a localized approach to our zakat efforts.

    How big are they? How many families does it give access to water?

    They are as big enough to provide water and irrigation to 1000 families and a few acres of nearby farmland.

    Is it a hand pump?

    No we only build handpumps in Pakistan and Niger. Those water wells do not have engines and use the power of a pump (using your hand) to produce water. For more information on Pakistan Handpumps, click here. For more information on Niger Handpumps, click here.

    How long do they take to build? How deep is it?

    It takes a few weeks to build. We ensure we do a site assessment first. To ensure families will not flee the area and to ensure it is safe. Once we do so, we procure the supplies and equipment and begin building the deep water wells.

    Is it easy for elders and youngsters to use?

    For elders and young people, there are community focal persons that help coordinate the distribution of water. So jerry cans and large water tanks are filled for those who cannot come to the wells to collect the water themselves.

    Are there maintenance costs?

    No. Once the well is built, our partners in Yemen will periodically check-in on the wells, and ensure that things are running smoothly.
    Since the well belongs to the community after it is built, a majority of the maintenance comes from the community themselves – they take the responsibility to maintain it, without external resources.