People in Al-Zahra'a, Gaza, No longer Use Polluted Water

This Ramadan is a special moment for the Palestinians in Al-Zahra'a City, Gaza, not only because it is a holy month but also because they finally have a clean water source. A waqf well was built by PT Badak LNG Bontang employees in collaboration with Global Wakaf-ACT.

The construction of the waqf well in Al-Zahra'a City, Gaza. (ACTNews)
The construction of the waqf well in Al-Zahra'a City, Gaza. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – Almost all Palestinians in Gaza depend on groundwater to fulfill their daily needs, from bathing, worship, to consumption. However, only two percent of groundwater in Gaza is of good quality. The rest is polluted groundwater. This pollution occurs because of the inadequate sewage system in Gaza and the blockade on the water flow carried out by the Israeli settlers.

This amount is insufficient to meet the water needs of the Gazans. Many of them end up suffering from various diseases caused by the clean water crisis. This was experienced by the residents of Al-Zahra'a City located in the south of the Gaza Strip. The city was built in 1998. It has around 12 thousand residents, and the majority are underprivileged people. Residents in Al-Zahra'a City do not have sufficient funds to build clean water facilities.

This Ramadan, the Waqf Well was built for people in Al-Zahra’a City. The assistance was from the generosity of employees of PT Badak LNG Bontang in collaboration with Global Wakaf-Aksi Cepat Tanggap.

"We know that water is a source of life. Inshaa Allah, this assistance can be a blessing for our brothers and sisters in Palestine," said Ustaz Chery Ginanjar, an employee of PT Badak LNG Bontang, Monday (5/10/2021).

The waqf well, which has completed its construction, is capable of providing 60,000 liters of clean water per hour.

“Alhamdulillah, we as Muslims are very grateful to be able to share with Muslims in Palestine, like the Prophet Muhammad’s companion Uthman bin Affan, who donated his wealth to build a waqf well for Muslims at that time,” added Ustaz Chery.

The beneficiaries were very grateful to the Muslim employees of PT Badak NGL Bontang for the construction of the Waqf Well that they have been dreaming of.

“We would like to thank Global Wakaf-ACT for their kindness in building this Waqf Well and for the benefactors who have funded (the construction of the Waqf Well) and made this well the main water source for the wider community. This has had a very positive impact on the local people during the peak of summer," said Nedal Al-Khaisi, a resident of Al-Zahra’a City.

The kindness of the benefactors does not stop there. The construction of Waqf Well will also be carried out in many countries that are still facing a clean water crisis, such as Yemen, Muslim countries in Africa, and Bangladesh, where Rohingya refugees take shelter. []