in East Africa
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.
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.
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. Water wells cannot be deemed zakat eligible due to the fact that these wells are used by a community of people, and we cannot provide “ownership” to one individual.
Donate to build a water well in East Africa
Note: At IDRF we are committed to managing your funds and being accountable to you as our donors with full transparency. To do this, we are committed to ensuring that the funds you have selected are designated to the appropriate country. In the event IDRF receives funds that cannot be designated to the country selected, then please know that the funds will be redirected to support other vulnerable communities that are in urgent need.
If you would like to donate by cheque, please mail a signed cheque to:
23 Lesmill Rd, Suite 300, North York, ON M3B 3P6
Memo: Water Wells in East Africa
Every donation will receive a tax receipt by email upon donation.