ACTNews, VOI – The Waqf Well in Taqwa Mosque, Voi City, Taita-Taveta District, Kenya, finally finished its construction in early June. The construction of the well, which was slated to finish in May, slightly slowed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Alhamdulillah, the construction of the Waqf Well in Voi City has been completed. The construction was slowed down due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The construction was temporarily halted several times," said Andi Noor Faradiba from Global Humanity Response – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) on Monday (6/8).
When the conditions improved, the team, assisted by local residents, continued the construction until it was finished. They were so enthusiastic about finishing the construction of the Waqf Well because they urgently needed clean water.
"Usually, the worshippers at Taqwa Mosque gets clean water once a week using a water pump. However, the water cannot meet the needs of the worshippers and the surrounding communities. In addition to the water from the water pumps, the locals usually draw water from the rivers. Unfortunately, many of the locals are sometimes swept away by the strong river currents," Faradiba said.
The Waqf Well that has just been built in Kenya. (ACTNews)
The presence of the Waqf Well in the Voi area is estimated to bring benefits to around 1,000 communities and 200 nearby congregants. The Waqf Well can also facilitate the activities of local children who are also studying in this mosque.
"This mosque is one of the biggest mosques in Voi. The mosque also acts as a local madrasa where children learn Islam and memorize the Quran. Like most regions or cities in Kenya, the local community consists of Muslims and Christians. They live and coexist in harmony and peace," Faradiba said. He hoped that the Waqf Well can serve the locals who suffer from the water crisis.
Deutsche Welle reported in 2014 that when water reserves were discovered in Turkana City, residents flocked to come there because many of them had difficulty finding water for their daily needs.
"We had a huge problem with water in this area before," Ekai Amase, a local resident explained, adding that she once traveled miles to get this precious commodity."
"When we set out to look for water, sometimes it took three days just to find it," Amase said. "On the walk back we often lost a few animals which died of thirst."
Various parties have also been working to solve water scarcity. BBC reported that, in 2015, a Danish technology company made an ATM-style water dispenser for the local residents in Nairobi to get cheap clean water. Reporting from Detik in 2019, an agency also made a power plant that helps convert sea water into drinkable water.