The Cause

When you take part in Virtual Explorer and start fundraising, you're helping Islamic Relief provide Water for Life for communities across the globe.

"Water is the key to all life."

Yet across the globe, hundreds of millions of people are going thirsty each and every day. Without safe and clean water to drink, these people risk dehydration, disease and, at worst, death.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

"The best charity is giving water to drink” and he was the most generous in giving charity." (Ahmad)

At Islamic Relief, we’re working worldwide in over 40 countries across the globe to ensure that not only do communities have a safe and reliable source of water for today, but for life too.

When we build a water system, we ensure communities have a sustainable source of clean water for years to come. We recognise the risk of drought, displacement and disease and with over thirty years of expertise we know that simply drilling wells and installing water pumps cannot solve the water crisis.

We bypass short-term interventions to instead provide long-term sustainable solutions; installing irrigation systems, building water tanks, training communities, distributing hygiene kits and rehabilitating viable water systems.

Two women collecting water from a water hole.

785 million

people worldwide do not have access to clean and safe water.

By 2040

1 in 4 of the world’s children will be living in areas of scarce water.

4 billion

people have scarce access to water at least one month of each year.

In the Sahel, malnutrition is an associated cause of over 50% of child deaths.

It’s almost impossible to imagine being at school, under a burning hot corrugated roof, with no access to something as essential as water.

The floods in Mali have a detrimental effect on water and sanitation facilities. Additionally, outside of the rainy season the impact of drought is severe, leaving insufficient water for drinking, cleaning and sanitary requirements, as well as impacting other aspects of life. 

13 year-old Modibo from Mali is one of the millions affected. Living with his family in a house made from straw, mud and corrugated metal, his family struggles to get by and live in difficult conditions.

Modibo says, “My family’s income mainly comes from agriculture. My father is our main support but sometimes we have to rely on financial support from our uncle.”

Whilst he enjoys going to school and getting an education, there is no water source in the village. This means he has to travel long distances with other children in search of clean water.

It is through your support that we were able to build a solar powered rain water harvesting unit. This simple yet sustainable solution provides safe drinking water to an entire community whilst also helping to improve sanitation facilities. Along with building the infrastructure, we also invest in training the community by working with local institutions like schools & clinics, this ensures the entire community understands how the harvesting system works as well as teaching them how to run and maintain it. Additionally we train and promote good hygiene and sanitation practices within the community and provide hygiene kits.

There are many communities like Modibo’s that rely on your support for access to clean and safe water. 

Get involved and save lives by providing Water for Life.

A boy drinking water with his hands.

Your fundraising helps people like Modibo

By taking part in Virtual Explorer and raising money for Islamic Relief, you're directly helping people like Modibo. Every little helps, so get fundraising today and enjoy your Virtual Explorer journey along the way!


can provide one person with
water for life.


can provide a family in Mali with clean water through a micro-dam.


can provide a hand pump for a family in Sri Lanka.