WHY IS WASH IMPORTANT?
Water is the world’s most precious resource supporting 7.5 billion humans and as many as a 50 million species of plants and animals. Yet 1 in 10 people lack access to clean water exposing them to horrific diseases like cholera, typhoid, polio and SARS to name just a few. Waterborne disease claims the lives of 1.8 million people every year. These deaths are avoidable.
Sanitation infrastructure and access to clean water are essential but education is equally important, waterborne diseases are particularly prevalent in low-income regions where the population have had little opportunity to go to school. Understanding why simple tasks like hand washing and cleaning vegetables is important is the first step in eradicating instances of waterborne disease. In Islam water and prayer are intrinsically linked, wudhu must be performed before prayer and one must be pure after any activity before prayer. It is therefore an essential aspect of faith to preserve water and ensure its sustainability.
The Millennium Development Goal 7C – to halve the proportion of people without access to improved water sources was reached by 2015 but now we must look further. Sustainable Development Goal 6 is a provision to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.
Our projects partner with organisations such as Al Khair Foundation to build water infrastructure and deliver sanitation education. We focus on the needs of the community using faith as a tool of communication, for example using the story of Hajjar to educate on water sustainability. With this dual approach we are working to achieve SDG 6 and provide better lives for everyone, free from preventable waterborne disease.