Dear donors of the Salsabil Association,
First and foremost, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continuous support and trust! Year after year, your interest in our work has been growing, and we are proud to make a significant contribution to improving the lives of those in need together.
Every year, from early June to late July, heavy rainfall becomes a common occurrence in the African countries where we construct our wells. This natural phenomenon is known as the African monsoon season, and it requires us to make certain modifications to the well construction process in Niger and Chad.
We want to assure you that the monsoon season will not impact the acceptance and processing of well orders and voluntary donations for the “Wells” project. Orders will be accepted and processed in the usual manner. The only change will be an extended timeframe for providing the well video reports. Therefore, the average duration for providing the well video report will be increased from 4 to 6 months for all orders received between June 1st and July 31st, 2023. All orders received before June 1st, 2023, will not be subject to this extension. After August 1st, 2023, all water well video reports will be provided at the end of the usual 4-month period.
The African monsoon is a phenomenon characterized by heavy rains and a humid climate over a specific period of time. This natural phenomenon affects the groundwater level, leading to a significant increase. If a well is constructed during the monsoon season, once the rains cease, the water will inevitably seep deeper underground, rendering the well unusable as the pipes will be at a higher level relative to the normal water level. In most cases, the pipes fail to reach the required depth, and the only thing the water pump can do is to pump air.
Furthermore, construction during the rainy season becomes a challenging task due to muddy roads and waterlogged areas, making remote regions, where we usually work, difficult to access.
We also emphasize that constructing wells during the rainy season is a careless and negligent approach. Unfortunately, not all humanitarian organizations adhere to this crucial rule, thereby rendering the wells unfit for use.
We sincerely hope for your understanding of the importance of respecting these seasonal limitations beyond our control.
With warm regards,
The Salsabil Association Team