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AL-HUDAIDAH, YEMEN, January 14, 2021 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently completed the construction of a solar-powered, deep-water well that provides clean water to 3,015 people in the Yahya Yousef village of Yemen’s Al-Hudaidah governorate.
The well, which is 120 meters deep, uses solar energy to power a pump that fills two 3,000 liter tanks. Approximately 450 families now have access to uncontaminated water through multiple taps at the base of the tanks. This enables them to fill jerry cans and bottles with clean water for drinking, washing and cooking.
The $25,000 well is the first one of its kind established by the charity in the region, according to Elizabeth Sohail, programs manager at Baitulmaal.
“Water projects are really special to our hearts,” Sohail said. “This project will go on for a long time to bless family after family and generation after generation.”
In a live-streamed update on Baitulmaal’s relief efforts in Yemen, Sohail revealed that the well was dedicated in honor of Carson Caldwell, a cross-country cyclist who embarked on a journey from Pennsylvania to California to raise awareness about the Yemen humanitarian crisis and to raise funds for emergency aid efforts through Baitulmaal.
“You can just see the effect that something so simple like water can have to people who really need it,” Carson said during the event. “It’s beautiful to know that this charity, Baitulmaal, is in these places where it’s difficult to bring aid to certain parts of the world. It’s incredible to see the work being done in Yemen and it’s such an honor to be associated with it.”
In 2000, the World Bank stated that Yemen was experiencing a “dire and worsening water situation.” Since then, conflict, climate change, a cholera epidemic and a global pandemic have left the country’s residents, many of whom are internally displaced, even more vulnerable. According to the UN, over 80% of the population relies on humanitarian aid, and more than half of the population does not have access to clean water.
Since 2018, Baitulmaal has sent over $10.4 million in aid that provided meals, antibiotics, medical supplies, winter relief, water and hygiene kits to Yemen. If you would like to learn more or contribute to the emergency aid programs at Baitulmaal, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the charity has offices in: Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Nairobi, Kenya; Mogadishu, Somalia; Amman and Al Ramtha, Jordan; and Karachi, Pakistan.
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