ACTNews, GUNUNGKIDUL – Following the fajr prayer, some volunteers from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia in Yogyakarta had gathered at the branch office of ACT Yogyakarta in Sorosutan, Umbulharjo, Yogyakarta. They were getting ready to go to Gunungkidul Regency where they were about to perform qurbani sacrifices in two subdistricts namely Semin and Paliyan on Monday (8/12).
Gunungkidul has become one of the distribution areas where Global Qurban - ACT distributed plenty of qurbani meat due to the drought that hit the regency as well as the difficult economic conditions of its residents.
Sutaryono, one of the residents of Grogol village, Paliyan, Gunungkidul said that most of the residents in his village are living in poverty. Most of them work as farmers. During this dry season, the drought makes it more difficult for them. “Because of the drought, the residents spend more money to buy water,” he said.
Teak trees shed their leaves on the streets of that village. A number of abandoned farms and cracked soil indicated that the land in Gunungkidul is in need of water. Furthermore, the river and wells have all dried up.
Most areas in Gunungkidul are affected by drought. Fortunately, the residents of Grogol Village are not affected due to the waqf well which remains full of water regardless of the season.
Nasrudin of ACT Yogyakarta said that this well was built in 2018 in Grogol Village supported by Global Wakaf - ACT after its residents were affected severely by drought almost every year. “The water still comes from the well until now. Some of the residents also use pipes to deliver the water to their houses,” said Nasrudin.
Nowdays, the residents of Grogol Village do not need to pay a large amount of money for water every day during dry season. They can use the waqf well for various purposes including for cleaning and cooking the qurbani meat that had been distributed to them.