Karachi Flood Relief

Flood Relief

Karachi Flood Relief

Continuous rain has caused massive flooding in the Karachi area. IDRF is providing food and hygiene kits to those affected.

The Situation

The most affected people have lost their homes, livelihoods and need immediate assistance in the form of food distributions as well as essential hygiene items that will keep them healthy and prevent the spread of communicable diseases such as COVID-19.

Flooding in both countries has caused widespread population displacements with urgent humanitarian aid required in the areas of food, water, sanitation and hygiene services, and temporary shelter support.

How you can help

In response, IDRF will be delivering food and hygiene items to those most affected. $75 will provide the most vulnerable with essential hygiene items, as well as enough food to last for one month. As IDRF is currently providing emergency hygiene and food supplies, we are assessing the needs for rehabilitation of shelter and sanitation in the slums of Karachi, Pakistan.


    Help 1 family

    with essential hygiene items, as well as enough food to last for one month.


    Help two families

    with essential hygiene items, as well as enough food to last for one month.


    Help four families

    with essential hygiene items, as well as enough food to last for one month.

    Yemen Urgent Relief

    Yemen Urgent  Relief

    Yemen Urgent Relief

    Yemen is facing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and is in desperate need of assistance. IDRF is on the ground providing essential life-saving humanitarian services to people living in makeshift internally displaced person camps throughout Yemen. 

    The Situation

    Yemen: world’s worst humanitarian crisis

    • War and internal conflicts have led to 3.56 million displaced people

    • 80% of population are in need of humanitarian aid and protection

    • COVID-19 pandemic spreading fast and far in a suffering population with low immunity and lack of sanitation and clean water access

    How you can help

    Food Relief

    Over 24 million people in Yemen, two-thirds of the population, are in risk of serious health conditions or even death due to severe food insecurity.

    Water Wells

    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

    Urgent aid is needed now more than ever.

    Despite being in the center of the world’s most massive humanitarian crisis, the unmitigated spread of COVID-19 could devolve this crisis into a catastrophe. Please help us provide clean water, food, and essential health care services to the millions in need across Yemen.

    Trucking Safe Drinking Water to Schools in Gaza

    Safe drinking water for children in Gaza

    Safe drinking water for children in Gaza

    Across Gaza, sources of clean, potable water are extremely scarce. Over 97% of water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption. IDRF is trucking water to 35 schools to help the most vulnerable children.

    The Situation

    Across Gaza, sources of clean and safe drinking water are extremely scarce. The lack of clean and accessible water across Gaza is rapidly becoming a leading cause of preventable death.

        • Over 97% of water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption

        • Only 10% of Palestinians in Gaza have access to safe drinking water (UNOCHA) due to:

          • High levels of groundwater pollution through fertilizer usage

          • Wastewater seepage into main reservoir

          • High concentrations of chloride, nitrate and salinity in Gaza’s water, as reported by the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA)

        • 1.9 millions people are negatively affected by widespread water shortages, and rising needs of hygiene and sanitation.

        • 983,623 women and 991,428 children are exposed to numerous public health risks related to:

          • poor water quality

          • poor wastewater collection and treatment

          • lack of stormwater infrastructure

          • improper hygiene and sanitation practices

      How you can help

      With your generous donations, we are distributing water to many schools across Gaza. Thousands of students have access to fresh water through these schools. 


      Provide one school

      with enough water for 1 year.


      Provides two schools

      with enough water for 1 year

      The Impact

      schools across Gaza



      Water Wells for Yemen

      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 regular well

        Provides clean water to hundreds of IDP families


        Build a solar well

        Provides clean water to hundreds of IDP families

        In Honour

        Crowdfund your well

        Gather your network to raise funds in honour of a loved one.

        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. 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.
        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 now belongs to the community, a majority of the maintenance comes from the community themselves – they take the responsibility to maintain it, without external resources.

        Handpumps in Tharparkar

        Handpumps in Tharparkar

        Handpumps in Tharparkar

        Tharparkar is one of the most water insecure regions of Pakistan, experiencing frequent droughts during 2012-2015. As a result, this climate has led to disastrous results for Tharparkar residents, whose main source of income is derived from farming and agriculture.

        The Situation

        Being among the most water insecure regions of Pakistan, Tharparkar has been continuously hit with frequent droughts. This has devastated residents who depend on agriculture as their main source of income.

        • Groundwater is the only major water source for 1.67 million people in this region.

        • There are presently no surface or pipe water facilities to source water from during drought periods.

        • Dug wells are usually 2-5 kilometers away from villages, leaving people (usually women) walking for hours just to fetch water.

        • Poor sanitation and hygiene conditions have been further aggravated by poverty and water scarcity.

        • An integrated WASH response is required to mitigate the vulnerabilities of marginalized communities

        How you can help

        Working with many households in various villages, IDRF is providing:

        • clean drinking water
        • improved sanitation facilities,
        • better hygiene conditions. 
        • saving time for fetching water, shortening queuing time on a water points
        • sparing human labor from fetching water, so they can perform other economic activities.
        • encouraging communities to adopt the practice of kitchen gardening. With readily available water, this will help residents become self-reliant. 


          Build 1 handpump

          providing approximately 50 people with clean water 


          Build 2 handpumps

          providing approximately 100 people with clean water

          The Impact



          We will conduct WASH information sessions through 130 health and hygiene promotion sessions in selected villages.