Conservation and Economic Empowerment Help Maintain Waqf Wells’ Sustainability

To maintain the sustainability of the Waqf Wells, Global Wakaf – ACT has come up with two initiatives, namely conservation efforts to keep the water supply available and economic empowerment to help support the surrounding communities. Hence, the benefits of the Waqf Wells are not merely in the form of water wells and toilets.

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Fish ponds that serve to economically empower the local communities around the wells. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Since its launch in 2015, the Waqf Well program has been continuously developing. To sustain its existence and benefits of the water wells, Global Wakaf – ACT has come up with two initiatives, namely conservation and economic empowerment.

Nurul Ramadan from Global Wakaf- ACT’s Productive Water Waqf Division said the conservation of the Waqf Wells is done in two ways, namely vegetative and mechanical methods.

The vegetative method is done by planting grass and other vegetation to control soil erosion. “There are two types of plantations that we recommend to plant, namely vetiver grass and Chinese date plant. We also offer the locals to plant other kinds of trees that can be economically productive for them,” said Nurul Ramadan, Wednesday (2/2/2022).

The other method is the mechanical method, including by making absorbing wells near the Waqf Well to drain the used but uncontaminated water.

Vegetation around the Waqf Well to control the erosion. (ACTNews)

"Later on, the water from the absorbing wells can be used to water the plans and to provide water for the livestock. It can also be used for other needs in the future just in case the water well dries out,” Nurul added.

Global Wakaf – ACT also has economic empowerment and supervisory activities that include fish, agricultural, and livestock farming to support the surrounding communities. One of the aims of these economic empowerment programs is so that the locals will have money to maintain and manage the Waqf Well.

“We don’t want the Waqf Well to be abandoned because the locals have no money to maintain it. Hence, we initiate the economic empowerment programs so that the locals can improve. We hope that the proceeds will be able to support the management of the waqf assets,” said Nurul.

As of 2021, these conservation and empowerment programs have been running in 31 regencies and municipalities in 7 provinces in Indonesia.

“Alhamdulillah, one of the examples of the waqf asset management is in Yogyakarta where the beneficiaries donated some money every time they draw water from the well. The money is then used to fund the maintenance of the water well and to support orphans within its vicinity. The benefits can truly expand this way,” said Nurul.

Through empowerment programs, Nurul hoped that the construction of Waqf Wells can have a wider impact that is more than just water facility assistance. []