Throughout 2020, Waqf Helps Strengthening the Community

Global Waqf - ACT's programs and activities in 2020 have been more massive and intensive. Waqf has been involved in providing basic needs such as food, water, and education. It also plays a role in rebuilding the community’s livelihood amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Waqf-empowered farmer spraying pesticides on his crop. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – The year 2020 will end soon, the year that has been tough for many due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Global Wakaf - ACT continues to assist the community by empowering and boosting their productivity through various programs.

One of the programs that has been intensified in 2020 is the Waqf Drinking Water distribution. From January to December, the drinking water distribution has reached 1.2 million beneficiaries. "Our main distribution targets are mosques and Islamic boarding schools in 20 cities and regencies throughout Indonesia. We carried out almost a thousand drinking water distribution programs,” said the Waqf Drinking Water Coordinator, Mohammad Jakfar.

The waqf funds from the community is also used to provide clean water sources and sanitation facilities through the Waqf Well program. From January to December 17, nearly 80 thousand people have benefitted from the waqf wells built across many areas in Indonesia.

"In 2020, Alhamdulillah we have built waqf water wells in 23 provinces in Indonesia. There are 2 types of waqf wells that we build: water wells for household needs, mosques, and schools, as well as those for agriculture and fisheries," said Mochammad Nurul Ramadhan, the coordinator of the Waqf Well.

Global Wakaf also takes part in providing education to the community through the Pesantren Peradaban Islamic Boarding School that is currently under construction. Located in Cintabodas Village of Culamega District in Tasikmalaya, the school will provide education for the local children.

Some of the buildings in the Pesantren Peradaban Compplex have been completed. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)

"It is currently still under construction. Insha Allah, we plan to start academic activities by July 2021. We plan that the school provide secondary education,” said ACT Program DIrector Wahyu Novyan in June.

The school will include boarding houses for boys and girls. The students who study here will not be charged. “The students will be free of charge. At the beginning, this school aims to enroll students from the local community in Cintabodas, especially areas around the Waqf-Based Livestock Barn, and then we will accept students from other areas,” said Wahyu.

Global Wakaf has also tirelessly educate the community about the importance of waqf through several events, one of which is the Waqf Business Forum where speakers who are experts and scholars in the field of waqf inform the attendees about waqf. Having been held in Jakarta, Pekanbaru, and Malang, such forum will also be held in Surabaya by the end of December.

Waqf for community empowerment

As the Coronavirus outbreak started spreading in Indonesia in March, many have been severely affected economically. To face the economic problems caused by the pandemic, Global Wakaf – ACT has also come up with several initiatives to economically empower communities, starting with farmers. In April 2020, ACT launched the Indonesian Food Producer Society (MPPI) program.

"The COVID-19 outbreak is a difficult time for all of us. In this situation, don't stay idle. Everyone can contribute regardless of occupation. Doctors, security forces, humanitarian workers, even farmers can contribute. During an outbreak like this, people are in dire need of food. Farmers who continue to work to produce food hold the same importance as from other elements of society who are at the forefront in handling the coronavirus pandemic," explained Ahyudin as Chairman of ACT’s Supervisory Board at the launching of the MPPI in April.

By December, the program has empowered 3,600 people. "As the name implies, our beneficiaries are food producers. Apart from agricultural farmers, there are also animal farmers and fishermen who received waqf funds for their production development, ” said Muhammad Fadli as the Coordinator of MPPI.

Global Wakaf – ACT has also been collaborating with several organizations to reach and benefit more farmers. For instance, Global Wakaf – ACT has signed an agreement with Yayasan Penguatan Peran Pesantren Indonesia (YP3I) and Gerakan Masyarakat Pesantren untuk Ketahanan Pangan Indonesia (Gema Petani) for the planting on 500 hectares of land in East Java. The signing was carried out at the Riyadlul Jannah Islamic Boarding School, Ledok Village, Pacet, Mojokerto, East Java in October.

The signing of the agreement between Global Wakaf - ACT, YP3I, and Gema Petani. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)

Global Wakaf – ACT also focuses on helping MSMEs through the Waqf for Micro Business Capital because MSME is the backbone of Indonesian economy.

"The Waqf for Micro Business Capital that we launched in August has benefitted 1,300 people so far. We provide them with capital aid and business mentoring to help them develop,” said Wahyu Nur Alim as coordinator of the program.

Global Wakaf – ACT’s regular programs such as the Waqf Rice Barn and Lumbung Air Wakaf have also been running to benefit the community. In 2021, the abovementioned programs will continue to run to further benefit and empower the community. []