ACTNews, MALI — Drought often occurrs in Mali, West Africa. Based on UNICEF's data in 2019, an estimated 1.3 million people in Mali will require safe water. Access to safe and sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene protects children against common water-borne diseases, such as diarrhea, and also reduces stunting, which affects more than 26% of children in Mali. Drought is one of the causes of increasing child malnutrition. Apart from that, the clean water crisis also affected people’s sanitation.
Global Wakaf- ACT responded to the drought in Mali by building a 20-meter depth of waqf well in Bamako City. This well can be accessed by 75 families totaling 600 people. The project began on January 18th until March 14th, 2021. The local Malians can now using this waqf well.
Said Mukaffiy from the Global Humanity Response-ACT team explained that the construction of the waqf well was an effort in dealing with the clean water crisis. This can be done because of the help of Indonesian benefactors.
“Let’s continue to help our brothers and sisters who are in need. People in Mali really need clean water, “ said Mukaffiy.
One of Malians, Oumou Traore (56) said that, prior to the construction of the waqf well, there had been many issues with the water that they used to consume every day. According to Traore, children used to drink contaminated water.
“ The waqf well is a big surprise for us. Thank you so much for alleviating our burden. Besides drinking, the water from waqf well helps us to do gardening throughout the year,” he said.