Celebrate Sukkot

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Support WaterAid with your community this Sukkot

WaterAid/ Basile Ouedraogo

Give the gift of clean water

Join us this Sukkot and help bring clean, reliable water to communities hit hardest by climate change.

Life for most people in Burkina Faso, a hot, dry country just south of the Sahara, is tough.

Families here depend on rainfall to grow crops, both to feed themselves and to earn a living. But rising temperatures and longer droughts are making it harder and harder to grow food. When the rains don’t come, precious harvests are ruined.

And it’s those who tread lightest on the planet – like farmer Justine Sawadogo – who are affected the most.

As one of three Jewish harvest festivals, Sukkot is a celebration of all the produce of the autumn harvest, and no better time to tell the story of people who, like Justine, have no reliable source of clean water.

You can help bring water to farmers impacted by our changing climate – and together, we can make sure that others have harvests worth celebrating.

If there is not enough rain, we cannot grow and harvest enough to feed ourselves.

Justine Sawadogo, 30, farmer

We're working together to provide more communities like Justine’s with a steady supply of water all year round, so more families can have bountiful harvests to celebrate – even when the rains don't come.

Will your group join a united effort this Sukkot to bring communities like Justine’s reliable water in an unreliable climate?

Your free Sukkot pack includes resources to learn more about Justine's story and how climate change is affecting communities like hers, engaging educational activities to inspire your chanichim, and plenty of ideas to help you fundraise.

Ways to get involved

Host a Sukkot sit-in

Open up your Sukkah and invite friends and family to share seasonal food, or use the recipes in your pack to try making delicious traditional dishes from Burkina Faso.

Take on a rainwater challenge

Learn how to make simple rain gauges, then see who can collect the most water by Shmini Atzeret, when the prayers for rain begin.

Hold a produce or bake sale

Ask your community to bring in homegrown produce or homemade treats to sell, and share new recipes whilst raising money for WaterAid.

You'll find lots more suggestions and activities, including for the younger members of your group, in your downloadable pack.

Download your free resources

Learn more about our work

Discover more about clean water, sanitation, hygiene, climate change – and much more! – with a free talk or workshop from our Speaker Network.

Pay in your fundraising

If you've already collected some money for the appeal, thank you! There are lots of ways you can send it to us, both online and offline.

Our work in Bonam, Burkina Faso, is supported by the European Union and players of People's Postcode Lottery.