ACTNews, JAKARTA – Thanks to the support from generous waqf endowers, Global Wakaf – ACT has managed to build Waqf Wells not only in Indonesia but also overseas. Globally, a total of 273 waqf water wells have been built, benefitting over 369,000 individuals.
In Africa, fifty waqf wells have been built in Kenya, Mali, Ghana, Uganda, and Somalia. In the Middle East, twenty-six waqf wells have been built in Yemen, Syria, and Palestine.
"In the Middle East, most of the water wells are built in Palestine, especially in Gaza where 97 percent of the water is polluted and unfit for drinking," explained Firdaus Guritno from ACT's Global Humanity Response, Tuesday (10/19/2021).
A large number of waqf wells have been built for the Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh with 110 waqf wells in the former and 74 in the latter.
Firdaus revealed that Global Wakaf – ACT built waqf wells in the Rakhine region due to the water scarcity that is prevalent. He further explained that there are two types of waqf water-well built for the Rohingya: communal wells and pipe-equipped wells, depending on the supply of underground water.
“If there’s a large amount of groundwater, we will usually build water wells equipped with pipes to carry the water to the beneficiaries’ homes. However, if there isn’t much groundwater, we’ll build communal wells. This is the type that we commonly build for the Rohingyas,” explained Firdaus.
He emphasized that more waqf wells need to be built for communities around the world hit by a water crisis. There are still many of them who are not reached by any assistance.