Increasing Access to Safe Water on the East Manggarai Coast

Nurul Barokah Mosque in Pota Village, East Manggarai, was the site of the Waqf Well. During the dry season, the area around the village frequently experiences drought. The water is brackish in some areas due to its location on the coast.

A Waqf Well
A Waqf Well at Nurul Barokah Mosque serves the needs of approximately 300 mosque congregations and the community. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, EAST MANGGARAI – Residents in Pota Village, Sambi Rampas District, East Manggarai Regency, find it burdensome to obtain clean water during the dry season. Drought is common in Kampung Asi and Kampung Sigi, where the dry season arrives every year.

In addition to being hard to obtain water during the dry season, the water in Pota Village is brackish in several areas because the village is lowland and part of the coastal.

"During the dry season, residents must travel to the river to obtain safe drinking water. The distance from the village to the water source is approximately three kilometers," explained Ramadhan from the Global Wakaf-ACT Team on Wednesday (3/16/2022).

Most Pota District residents already have toilets. Some of them draw water from the well. Residents can use public sanitary facilities if they do not have toilets. Nurul Barokah Mosque is one of them.

However, the toilets at the Nurul Barokah Mosque were inadequate. Therefore, the Global Wakaf-ACT Team constructed a Waqf Well for the community and approximately 300 Nurul Barokah Mosque congregants. In early January 2022, the Waqf Well was completed. "We hope that these sanitary facilities will be useful for the needs of the mosque congregation and the daily needs of the community," Nurul said.

Abdurahim, a member of the Nurul Barokah Mosque's committee, was grateful for this facility. "We hope that Global Wakaf-ACT will remain enthusiastic in Allah's way and be able to recognize the needs of Allah's house. This assistance is extremely beneficial to us. Good Luck to the benefactors," Abdurahim said. []