Youth Across the U.S. Build Water Wells with ZF

Posted By: Zakat Foundation of America

Aug 07, 2012

- Zakat Foundation of America | Zakat Calculator | Muslim Charity | Muslim Aid Aqsa School students display their handmade water well between wristbands, water bottles and baked goods for sale. They have raised enough for nearly 4 water wells!

If you scan the North American youth scene this summer, you will find bands of youth bustling about to build water wells for the world's poorest countries. Moved by the global water crisis, and supplied with a Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) Organizing Toolkit, their unleashed creativity has led to initiatives including a Movie in the Park, Cupcake Decorating Contest, Basketball Tournament, Night Bike Ride, Masjid Game Nights, Ice Cream and Pastry Sales, Parents' Night Out, Ticketed Community Dinners, Bowling parties and more. This summer, young leaders have turned away from street corners, stepped away from their game systems and shopping malls, and have chosen to follow the footsteps of the Beloved (PBUH) by serving humanity. Ensuring basic human rights across the world has reciprocally restored meaning and spiritual vibrancy in their own lives.

ZF invites student groups this fall to join the One Year, 100 Wells campaign and help build a water well with their own school/group's name on it. Upon signing up, your group will receive a toolkit that is designed to help you organize your project. ZF will issue all participating volunteers a Presidential Service Award on behalf of U.S. President Barack Obama. A great addition to your résumé! To learn more, click here.

ZF designs leadership and service-learning opportunities for university student clubs, schools, and community youth groups by connecting them to our humanitarian efforts in the U.S. and abroad. In the coming months, we will plant urban community gardens, empower refugee children, and mentor youth in disadvantaged communities.

To get involved, email us at

Here's what some of our young activists had to say about the project:

"When people don't have the same blessings as us, we need to do anything we can to fix that. We, Neuqua Valley High students of various faith backgrounds completed the funds for one water well." Aiah Elessawy, 15, Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, Illinois

"The One Year, 100 Wells ZF project is a phenomenal way to lend a helping hand that will benefit people in developing countries for a lifetime by providing an essential component needed to survive: Water. Regardless if you are in an enormous city, or if you're the only Muslim family in a small town, as my family is, I would suggest that all of you take action in supplying fresh water accessibility around the world." Nadeen Ibrahim, 17, Wiggins, Colorado

"I'm trying to help…It feels so good to work for a good cause." Islam Amara, 12, Illiana Youth, Highland Indiana

Zakat Foundation of America, a Muslim charity that collects zakat, sadaqa / donations to provide humanitarian, emergency relief and sustainable development programs to empower lives throughout the world. We offer top Zakat resources including The Zakat Handbook: A Practical Guide for Muslims in the West, Zakat kit, ask an Imam feature, and you can calculate and pay zakat through our easy, online calculator.

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