A Sip of Relief: Building A Solar Powered Water Pump in Yemen

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Many areas across Yemen are facing famine-like conditions. This is forecasted to nearly triple in the first half of 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic has increased costs, made access to resources, and distribution of aid more difficult. 75% of the population or 22 million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.  55% of the population or 16 million people do not have safe access to drinking water.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), the country has high rates of communicable diseases, limited access to routine immunization and health services for children and families, inadequate sanitation as well as hygiene systems. The current conflict create the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The war destroyed and caused damage to water infrastructure such as dams, reservoirs and water systems. Besides, the situation also contributes to poor health and high death rates because of lack of access to safe and clean water.

Since 2018, 8 solar-powered water-pump projects have been implemented by MRA across 4 governorates in Yemen in collaboration with local NGOs and support from local MRA staff (Yemen office). This project had benefited more than 100,000 people including internally displaced peoples (IDPs), families and poor people. The solar-powered water-pump projects covered mosques, schools and public buildings including hospitals in the villages, IDPs camps and cities. Each water pump on an average can help alleviate the difficulties for almost 20,000 residents. This project aims to lessen the suffering of Yemenis by providing clean water for daily need and water supply for agricultural activities in the target locations.

The Solution

Donations to this campaign will be used to cover the well drilling process, installation of solar panel and also water distribution systems to the neighbourhood. The beneficiaries will get supply to clean water for daily usage including drinking water and to support agricultural activities.

The cost includes:
– Solar panels (330 w): RM105,264
– Combiner box and inverter (30 kw): RM12,750
– Pump materials: RM3,440
– Earth system: RM4,300
– Connection cables between panels, inverter and combiner box: RM12,300
– Ground mount system: RM 26,316
– Transportation and installing the system: RM15,050
– Manpower: RM2,580
Cost: RM182,000
Administration Fee (11%): RM20,020
Total Cost: RM202,020

The solar-powered water-pump will be main source of clean water for daily use and agricultural activities which can help beneficiaries to improve their hygiene and sanitation. The key use will be to help the people irrigate their agricultural land and empower them.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement. And whoever helps ease a difficulty in the world, Allah will grant him ease from a difficulty in the world and in the Hereafter. And whoever covers (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will cover (his faults) for him in the world and the Hereafter. And Allah is engaged in helping the worshipper as long as the worshipper is engaged in helping his brother.” [Tirmidhi]

Campaign Partner

Malaysian Relief Agency (MRA) is a humanitarian organisation registered under the Trustee Act 1952 (PPAB 20/2010), with the primary objective of assisting those affected by natural disasters or armed conflicts, both local and abroad. In 2014, MRA received special consultative status from United Nation – Economic and Social Council (UN – ECOSOC) which enable MRA to participate in UN deliberations. In 2017, MRA was accepted as an Associate Member of the Federation of Islamic Medical Association (FIMA).

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