in Sahel Africa
How you can help?
IDRF, in partnership with local communities in the Sahel region, including countries like Niger, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Mali, is addressing these ongoing issues by building water wells.
Build a water well
One water well provides water to 575 people, 82 families.
No matter how small the amount, contribute to a well.
Build a well, one drop at a time.
Frequently Asked Questions
How big are the water wells and how many people can access clean water from them?
They are big enough to provide water and irrigation to 300 families and a few acres of nearby farmland.
How do people living in the Sahel region currently access water?
With a scarcity of potable surface water, Sahel countries rely on groundwater from one of the region’s five aquifers
What is the expected time of completion?
You can expect a final report regarding your completed well 12 months from the day funds have been released to IDRF.
Are there any additional benefits of these water wells?
Definitely. Due to water shortages, farmers in the Sahel region 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.
Water wells we’ve built
Donate to build a water well in Sahel 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 Sahel Africa
Every donation will receive a tax receipt by email upon donation.