The Xisi Township in China is set high up in the mountains where the climate is very dry, and deep valleys make it difficult to travel and collect water. Small mountain springs provide brackish water, but when they dry up in the drought season, women and children travel as far as 30km to fetch water. This has a significant impact not just on villagers’ health, but also on livestock and agriculture, on which their livelihoods depend.
Islamic Relief is building 90 rainwater harvesting systems to support families – consisting of cellars, cisterns and catchment devices – providing 450 people with fresh, clean drinking water on their doorstep. Local residents will also be trained on hygienic water use and storage, as well as how to maintain the systems.
By involving them in the building and maintenance of the harvesting systems, Islamic Relief is giving local residents ownership over this project. The systems are simple to maintain, making the change sustainable. This empowers the local community to keep themselves out of poverty, achieving one of Islamic Relief’s key goals: helping the poor to enjoy self-reliance with dignity
36 years old, Axiya La, said: “After the construction of rainwater storage cellar and catchment, we were provided with technical and financial support. It is exciting and very convenient for me to get water at my door, I can drink when I am thirsty; clean face and hands when I want, and now I can also keep livestock to generate income”.
The difference between IWF and other organisations is that IWF will invest your donations and bring a sustainable return year on year and serve people indefinitely.
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