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Water well appeal: the legacy of Uthman (RA)

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Continue the legacy of Uthman (RA) - provide communities without clean water with safe, sustainable water for years to come and reap the ongoing blessings of this Sadaqah Jariyah

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“Every prophet has a companion in paradise,” said the Prophet (PBUH) “My companion there is Uthman.”

Despite his great wealth and successful businesses, the Prophet’s companion, Uthman ibn Affan lived a simple life, spending his wealth to help others, particularly by providing free water from his well.

$1,125 - Install a deep water well in a drought-hit community, helping to transform and protect a village.

Today, 1.6 billion people don’t have reliable access to safe drinking water. Collectively, women and girls spend 200 million hours every day fetching water – that’s time they should be able to spend at school, earning money, or looking after crops and livestock. Nobody should be trapped in a cycle of poverty because they’re forced to spend their entire life fetching water just to survive.

Give your sadaqah to the best of charities – water to drink – and help us to change this by being a mercy to the Ummah, just like Uthman (RA) was.

When early Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina, they found themselves facing a severe water shortage. Uthman heard that people in Ramwah, Medina, were paying extortionate prices to drink from a water well, so he bought the well, and offered everyone as much clean water as they needed for free.

When another Sahabi offered to buy the well off him, Uthman said he has been offered much more than the sum offered, a reward of Allah:

“Allah has offered ten times the reward for charity given to Muslims,” he said.

Today, Uthman’s well continues to provide clean water to the community, over 1,400 years later. A true, priceless Sadaqah Jariyah.

Donate a well and reap the rewards

A Sadaqah Jariyah

The Prophet (PBUH) described providing drinking water as the best charity. A well is a Sadaqah Jariyah; when you provide a water well to a vulnerable community, you reap the rewards for years to come.

We’ll even place a plaque in your name on the well, and we'll send you a report on when and where your well was installed. Or you can donate the well in the name of a loved one, and they’ll reap the endless rewards of this charity – even after they are gone.

“When a person dies, his deeds come to an end, except for three: ongoing charity (Sadaqah Jariyah), knowledge that is benefited from, and a righteous child who prays for him.” (Sahih Muslim)

A merciful gift

It’s an incredible blessing to be able to give sadaqah, no matter how little, since charity offers blessings and protection in this life and the hereafter, and transforms the lives of people facing hardship around the world.

“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

Why give through Human Appeal?

More and more people are providing clean water through Human Appeal. That’s because our local experts adapt our water solutions to the needs and environment that we work in – there’s no one size fits all, and that’s what makes for long-term, sustainable water access.

In 2021 alone, we installed a total of 693 deep water wells, and we also began installing a desalination plant, provided aquaponic and hydroponic farms, installed solar-powered water pumps, and cleaned the entire water network in Gaza.

Join the growing number of people who are donating their sadaqah to water wells and reaping the ongoing blessings of this beautiful charity.

What will your legacy be?

Put the prophetic teaching of charity into practice this year. You can serve a whole community of around 105 people, year after year. Every time your well allows a person to quench their thirst, grow a plant, feed an animal, or work instead of spending their day fetching water, that will be your blessed legacy.

You can even pool smaller donations with your friends, family or colleagues, and donate a water well together, reaping the ongoing rewards.

Nobody should be so desperate that they resort to drinking contaminated water. Nobody should be forced to risk their child’s life.

Start your legacy now, and reap the blessings in the hereafter. Donate a well, and continue the legacy of the Sahaba.

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Everything you need to know about your well

  • How long will it take to build my well? Why?

    It usually takes around 3 months for us to build your well, and a further 3.5 months for you to receive your report. It takes this long to ensure that the well we install is in the best location for maximum impact and to source clean water.

    Throughout the process, we supervise installation, and we then test the water quality at certified labs to make sure it’s clean and safe.

    Only once this is complete, we install your plaque, take final photos, and write up a report which is checked, edited, and sent to you, the donor.

  • How long does a well usually last?

    A well lasts a minimum of five years, but its lifetime depends on the quality and consistency of maintenance. Our wells have the capacity to last well beyond five years providing the source water hasn’t depleted and the well is properly maintained.

    Even if a well lasts only five years – that means it costs less than 50p per day to provide water to a whole community!

  • How will I know when my well has been completed?

    We’ll send you a completion report, informing you that your well has been installed and is now providing clean, safe water to a whole community.

  • What is included in the completion report for my well?

    You’ll receive a full report that tells you where we installed it, what the situation was in the community, and how many people will benefit. We’ll also send you photos of the well, and of the plaque we’ve installed in your name or the name of your loved one.

  • How does Human Appeal select a location for the well?

    Our selection is based on the need of the local community, and how far they currently have to travel to fetch clean water. For the exact position of the well, we hire a water expert to help us find sustainable water sources deep in the earth, that are far from any potential contamination – such as latrines – so that your well provides water year after year.

    When choosing a location, we focus on communities in which a minimum of five families would benefit, though, on average, around 70 people benefit from one well.

  • Who safeguards and maintains the well after it has been built?

    Every time we install a well, we also train a water well committee in the local community. This means that those who benefit from the clean water also have the skills to maintain the well, ensuring that there’s always people nearby to make sure it’s used and preserved properly.

  • Can a well be donated as Sadaqa Jariyah (ongoing charity)?

    Yes! Since its benefits continue year upon year, donating a water well is a Sadaqah Jariyah, that provides the giver with ongoing rewards, even after they’re gone.

  • Why should I donate my well with Human Appeal?

    We’ve been installing water wells for 30 years. We don’t have a one-size-fits-all mentality, our experienced teams work with the local community and water experts to agree on what type of water solution works best. For example, where there is plenty of water, but it is unclean, we install filtration systems or water plants, where there is drought, we source groundwater and install a deep water well.

    If you want your donation to have a lasting, transformative impact on a whole community, then entrust your water well to our experience and expertise.

“Every prophet has a companion in paradise,” said the Prophet (PBUH) “My companion there is Uthman.

Start a legacy. Build a water well.

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