Water Wells in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in south Asia. It has a population over 155 millions living in only 147,570 square kilometres. Drinking water is hard to find in some region.
Donate a well in Bangladesh for only Rs 50,000, as Sadaqa Jariya for a deceased relative or for yourself. Any amount is also welcome and will contribute to our water projects fund.


Field Visit in Bangladesh – December 2015

Faouzia and Raziah Moortoojakhan, staff member of Islamic Relief Mauritius, visited our projects in Bangladesh in December 2015.

“We really appreciate the way the wells have been built especially for schools and the needy communities.  Children, mothers and grandmothers have welcomed the completion of the project with immense happiness.  They wish to thank those who have contributed to improving their living conditions and always remember the donors in their Duas.  Allah SWT has given us the opportunity to see this dream become a reality and we felt an absolute satisfaction.  We would like say a big thanks to the generosity of our dear donors for giving a smile and relief to these people.” Raziah & Faouzia


Water supply in Bangladesh is predominantly based on ground water sources. In the context of very high prevalence of diarrheal diseases in Bangladesh, bacteriological quality received priority as criterion for drinking water supply. Ground water is free from pathogenic micro-organism but at the same time saline intrusion and arsenic contamination in ground water is a major problem.

Despite the abundance of surface water, access to safe water is severely restricted and diseases are widespread among the people of rural communities due to contaminated water sources and lack of knowledge. In Bangladesh water-related diseases are liable for 24% of all deaths. Every year, gastroenteritis and diarrhea diseases kill 110,000 children below the age of five.

The infants are the worst sufferers which imply that diarrhea, pneumonia and dysentery are the three major cause of high infant mortality rate prevailed in the country. It also shows that 88% of diarrhea occurs due to lack of safe water, lack personal and family level hygienic practices due to lack of awareness on health & hygiene.

Maybe more than anything else, people need the right amount of clean water to live a healthy, safe, productive life.

Water affects everything: Nutrition, health, livelihood, even access to education. Without water to drink, people can’t live. Without water for their crops and livestock, they can’t eat enough or earn a living. If their water isn’t clean, they won’t be healthy. If their water comes from a faraway source, they have to spend their days carrying it instead of going to school or earning an income—this affects women and girls the most.

And too much water—from monsoons and floods—is just as dangerous as too little.

If you don’t have a clean, reliable source of the right amount of water, life revolves around finding it. It’s a burden you struggle under every single day.

Closely linked to clean water is sanitation. More than one-third of the world’s population—2.5 billion people—do not have improved sanitation facilities, and 1 billion of them still practice open defecation. Too often, this contaminates the community’s water source, threatening people’s health and lives.

Providing clean, safe water and adequate sanitation are the basic first steps to improving the lives of the poor and freeing them to take steps out of poverty. A United Nations publication, “Safe Water as the Key to Global Health,” stated: “No other single intervention is more likely to have a significant impact on global poverty than the provision of safe water.”


Islamic Relief has long launched water projects in impoverished communities, helping one village full of people at a time.

The projects will support to reduce water borne diseases as well promote good hygienic practice with the experience of previous WATSAN Project Islamic Relief Bangladesh Proposed to Provide disaster resilient Safe Water Technology with caretakers training for primary maintenance and promote hygiene practice among the project beneficiaries.

The projects will target the vulnerable communities living in the north-western flood plain and extremely exposed to natural calamity. The projects also intends to build capacity among the vulnerable families of the project areas through providing technical knowhow and enhancing awareness on the benefits of using safe water and day to day personal and family level hygiene practice. It will support to reduce the scarcity of safe water and promote personal hygiene practice of targeted vulnerable households and assumed the benefits will multiply across the community.


  • Disaster resilient 70 Shallow Tubewell have been installed for 700 vulnerable families.
  • Disaster resilient 5 Shallow Tubewell have been installed for 2500 users in 5 schools.
  • 150 caretakers have been trained on Operation and Maintenance of Shallow Tubewells.
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