every drop counts

 in East Africa

every drop counts

in East Africa

The Situation

Water resources in East Africa are incredibly scarce and are not managed correctly in the region. Due to the effects of climate change, such as common droughts and flooding, water sources are either contaminated or dry.

Since surface water is often not sufficiently available during periods of drought, the region has a relatively high level of groundwater.

The scarcity and the contamination of water are additionally adding to health problems across the region. Water pollution, lack of sanitation, and poor hygiene is causing an increase in infectious (transferable) and non-infectious (non-transferrable) diseases.

East Africa

is experiencing the worst drought to hit the region in 60 years

How you can help?

IDRF, in partnership with local communities in countries like Malawi, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Sudan, is addressing these ongoing issues by building water wells.

$2,500

Build a water well

One water well provides water to 400 people in villages and 5000 people in towns

No matter how small the amount, contribute to a well.

Build a well, one drop at a time.

Build a well, build a community.

Start your crowdfunding campaign and create a wave of impact in a community.

Water wells we’ve built

Frequently Asked Questions

How big are the water wells and how many people can access clean water from them?

The water wells are deep water wells. Depending on the region, the wells will be 25-60ft deep. There are an estimated 400 people in villages and 5000 in towns that will benefit from the water well. 

How do people living in East Africa currently access water?

Aquifers, the Nile, groundwater, and surface water, which is deeply affected due to the drought and floods that take place. However, water is the driver of political unrest in the area as it is a valuable resource and some countries expect their economy to be built on it. 

What is the expected time of completion?

You can expect a final report regarding the completion of your East Africa well within 1 year from the day funds are released to IDRF. This report will include photos of your well in action and other significant details.

Are there any additional benefits of these water wells?

Definitely. Due to water shortages, farmers in East Africa are compelled to alter their traditional livelihoods and grow crops that are less water-intensive and also less profitable. Now, with the help of these advanced water wells, farmers will be able to irrigate nearby farmland and grow citrus fruits, which are known to be more profitable as farmers are capable of exporting them.

Are these wells Zakat eligible?

No. Due to the fact that water wells belong to the community, we cannot provide “ownership” to a single person. Furthermore, it is not guaranteed that the wells are only used by Muslims. For these reasons, we cannot deem these wells Zakat-eligible.