ACTNews, JAKARTA – Although the global community has agreed to guarantee the availability and proper management of clean water for all in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many communities around the world are still dealing with water crisis.
World Resources Institute (WRI) states as many as 1.8 billion people or about a quarter of the world's population in 17 countries face “extremely high” levels of baseline water stress, where irrigated agriculture, industries and municipalities withdraw more than 80% of their available supply on average every year.
In Indonesia, a number of regions are prone to water crisis during the dry season. For a country with tropical climate, the water scarcity level in Indonesia is quite high, according to the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
"Indonesia has two seasons, but some areas are prone to drought during the dry season. These areas are our main targets. Sometimes, there are water sources in these areas, but the locals can’t access it because they can’t afford to build water wells or because these water sources are located far from the settlement areas,” said Head of Productive Water Waqf Program Eka Setiawaty in a talk show broadcasted by ACT TV, Tuesday (7/27/2021).
Global Wakaf – ACT’s Productive Water Waqf Program brings the solution to the water crisis in Indonesia. Using waqf funds, it aims to increase the productivity of the community to increase their welfare. As of July 23, 2021, Productive Water Waqf’s implementations have benefitted 516,696 people in 28 provinces, 170 regencies/cities, 405 districts, and 502 villages.
From the Productive Water Waqf program, waqf water wells have been built in 859 locations consisting of Waqf Wells for poor families, mosques, Islamic boarding schools, public and Islamic schools, villages, agriculture, and fisheries.
"Productive Water Waqf’s objective is to give access to clean and drinkable water to the public without burdening them with costs. We want the communities in Indonesia and overseas to have 100% easy access to clean water.
Eka was grateful for the support from the donors who have made Global Wakaf – ACT’s programs possible. "We are inviting the whole community to participate in providing clean water from the wealth that you have. If you are willing to give it to the community, Insha Allah, it will be a reward that flows forever because the benefits of the water wells will continue to reach the community,” added Eka.