What you need to know about Thirst Relief and how you can help free a community from poverty

Penny Appeal – Thirst Relief teams are building wells in needy communities with no local access to water, providing safe water for people to drink, wash, clean and to irrigate crops and hydrate animals for their food. This can lead to healthier lives, a better chance to go to school or work and a route out of the devasting poverty that is shown to us on a daily basis throughout the world.


Three children die every minute from drinking dirty water


Drinking dirty, diseased water is one of the most common causes of death in the developing world – and one of the most preventable – so you could be saving countless lives for years to come by donating to build a well in your name, or on behalf of a loved one. Whatever your intention, you can feel you are doing something to help with one off payments, or monthly payments.

It costs from just £300 to build a well in a needy community; that’s just from 82p per day to give the gift of water to many people. We pay more for toxic plastic bottles of water which are consumed in volumes, polluting the environment and killing wildlife, when we have filtered water which we let flow endlessly out of taps everywhere without wondering if it will run out one day.

Why not make the intention to give up the plastic bottles and donate the money to support two good causes, home and away, to feel you are doing your small part for change in the world today?

You can even choose from 9 countries which one, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Somalia, Sudan, Kashmir and Niger, you would like to support with your donation to personalise it for you from as little as £25 a month for 12 months or a £300 one off payment which will build a well in a needy community, with your chosen plaque details on it.

Freedom from poverty

Local teams on the ground in each of the countries install wells and Penny Appeal teams work on all aspects of the well installation, including carrying out a survey to locate the water source, liaising with locals to make sure it is a community-wide project and supporting the ongoing maintenance, and on average our wells last 10 years before maintenance is needed.

A local well is empowering

It means people do not have to spend hours walking to collect water, freeing up more time to work, attend school or look after their families. A source of clean water is vital for people, their communities, and the wider economy by ensuring it’s safe for communities to drink, wash, water crops and feed animals.

Water wells are a life-changing gift to those who benefit

See your donation change lives and what your Well can do in this short video:

And finally…

Reliable access to safe, clean water means that drinking, cooking, washing, watering crops and animals and making wudu no longer pose a risk of illness. This allows those less fortunate a chance to break free from poverty and transform their lives for years to come.

Once Penny Appeal have received the full payment for your well, they can then start to assess the best place for it to be built in your chosen country, with your chosen plaque details.

Penny Appeal use a stringent third-party selection process to ensure only the most needy benefit and the whole process from start to finish after payment is an estimated 9 to 12 months.

When your well has been built and functional, they will send you an individual feedback report so you can see it in action and find out about the people whose lives you’ve changed.

Your  feedback report will contain:

  1. Information on the village where your well is located

  2. Information about the community who have benefited

  3. A message from the grateful community

  4. Pictures of the construction and the finished well in use

  5. A framed picture to share with friends and family

“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in our hands to make a difference.” Nelson Mandela