ACTNews, TAITA TAVETA – In the past year, ACT built three Waqf Wells in Peleleza Village, Madangonyi Village, and Kitovu Village, Taita Taveta, Kenya. Global Wakaf-ACT chose these three villages to build Waqf Wells because they were experiencing a clean water crisis.
Residents in these three villages have to walk quite a distance to go to a river. However, the river water is cloudy and polluted. They had no choice and were forced to use the water to meet their daily needs.
Many residents experience various skin diseases, cholera, and diphtheria because of their habit of drinking and bathing using dirty water.
These Waqf Wells can solve the problem of clean water for 40 thousand residents in Taita Tevati. The first and second wells were built in November 2020. Meanwhile, the third well was built in August 2021.
"They do not have jobs and enough income to buy clean water," said Firdaus Guritno from ACT's Global Humanity Response team, Friday (24/9/2021).
Furthermore, Firdaus explained that the Waqf Well also indirectly benefits the safety of children and women in the village. There, children and women usually go far to fetch water. Now, they do not need to do this anymore.
One of the beneficiaries, Zulaika Odenge (45), said that she and her 12 family members were very grateful for the construction of the Waqf Well in her village.
"On behalf of my community, we appreciate what ACT has given to us. My family can now access clean water, and my children are healthier than before. We are blessed. May Allah grant you paradise and bless your work and your family," Odenge prayed.