FOREST, Va. — World Help, a Christian humanitarian organization, has launched a clean water campaign to respond to the water crisis in Mosul. Working with a partner on the ground and the local government, the organization is currently raising funds to rebuild the city’s water system and alleviate the suffering of families in need.
“For months now, hundreds of thousands of families in Mosul haven’t had a drop of clean water run in their homes,” said World Help President Vernon Brewer. “A combination of disasters have left them in desperate need for water, and as time drags on their plight grows worse. They need our help right now. Thousands of lives hang in the balance.”
Last November, about 650,000 residents were left without running water after one of the main pipelines to Mosul was destroyed in the offensive to retake the city. Aggravating the situation, ISIS also “intentionally cut off water supplies to neighborhoods near the front line,” according to a news report.
Though the eastern side of the city was recaptured in January, including a water station later in February, the residual effects of this man-made water crisis have put families, especially children, at risk of malnutrition and waterborne diseases. In some neighborhoods, residents have been driven to dig wells through concrete and dirt to collect water for their families. Often, the water they find tends to be polluted and is usable only for washing dishes and laundry.
“During this World Water Month, we call on compassionate supporters to help the people of Mosul,” Brewer said. “There is a greater world water crisis we are collectively working to resolve, but this is one we can fix today. You can help bring water back to Mosul and, with it, hope to its residents.”
It costs approximately 15 cents to provide water for one person in Mosul; $45 will provide water for 300 people. Donations can be sent through the campaign page.
As part of its World Water Month campaign, Refresh Your Bucket List, World Help is also matching current donations until the end of March to fund water projects in other parts of the world.
World Help is a Christian humanitarian organization committed to serving the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world. Since its inception in 1991, World Help has delivered humanitarian aid to more than 79 million people in 70 countries.