ACTNews, GUNUNG KIDUL - Teak leaves covered the soil in several areas in Gunung Kidul every dry season. Like other trees during drought, teak trees shed their dry leaves when there isn’t enough water. In Gunung Kidul, water shortages are common as the soil is dominated by limestone.
In 2019, Global Wakaf - ACT came all the way to visit areas that are prone to water crisis, including Gining Kidul. In this region, the drought has dried up many plantation areas and water sources such as rivers and wells. People cannot get enough water for agriculture and household needs.
According to the locals, the 2019 drought was the worst, and the locals have to buy water to fulfill their needs. residents must be willing to spend money to buy water. For 4,000 liters of water, they have to spend hundreds of thousands Rupiah. Many can’t afford this. Hence, some had no choice but to sell their livestock to buy water.
“Here, some have to sell their livestock for some water because they really need it and they also don’t have enough water for their animals,” explained Karmujianto, a resident of Gunung Kidul, in August 2019.
To overcome the problem of drought that occurs almost every year in Gunung Kidul and other areas in Yogyakarta, Global Wakaf - ACT build Waqf Wells to provide water sources to the locals. As of mid-August 2020, there are 33 wells that have been built and are under construction. The wells are funded by the waqf funds managed by Global Wakaf – ACT. These waqf wells are built to provide long-term benefit for the needy.
"We will continue to build waqf wells in drought-prone areas. Everyone can contribute to this act of kindness by visiting Indonesia Dermawan website or transferring your waqf donation for the waqf well to BNI Syariah account number # 101 0000 171 in the name of Global Wakaf Foundation,” explained Kharis.
One of the Waqf wells that have been built is in Grogol Village, Paliyan Subdistrict, Gunung Kidul. This area is hit by water shortage every dry season. Despite the wells that the locals dug, they still had no access to clean water.
Fortunately, the Waqf Well that Global Wakaf built near the village mosque has been able to provide clean water that flows to the locals’ houses.
“The Waqf well here (in Grogol) was built near a mosque. However, everyone can use the water as it flows through the pipes to their houses. They don’t need to pay, but they are required to take care of the well,” added Kharis. Global Wakaf – ACT also installed supporting facilities for the well such as water storage.