Islamic Relief has welcomed funding from the Islamic Development Bank, worth over US$5 million, which will enable us to construct more wells in water-scarce Somalia.

The President of IDB with Islamic Relief CEO at the signing ceremony for the project.

The President of IDB with Islamic Relief CEO at the signing ceremony for the project.

As a result, over 16,600 families will receive improved and sustainable access to clean water, as well as water for around 240,000 livestock – which are central to many rural livelihoods.

The signing ceremony on 13 July, took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with His Excellency Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, the President of the Islamic Development Bank, and the CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide.

Islamic Relief CEO, Dr Mohamed Ashmawey, said: “Islamic Relief is pleased to be further developing our partnership with the Islamic Development Bank – whom we thank – as we share an ambitious vision to tackle poverty and suffering.

“Thanks to this funding, vulnerable communities in Somalia will gain secure and safe water sources that benefit generations to come.”

The latest Islamic Relief project in Somaliland and Puntland is designed to build community resilience and provide better access to water in vulnerable homes, schools and public places. Access to water for farming livelihoods will also be improved.

The project – which will take 24 months to complete – is set to begin in August.