Waqf Well Restores Farmers' Economy in Sigi

Two years have passed since a massive earthquake rocked Palu, Sigi, Donggala, and Parigi Moutong. Until now, Aksi Cepat Tanggap has been assisting the earthquake victims who are still rebuilding their lives back, including by assisting the farmers in Sigi Regency by building Waqf Well to irrigate their farms.

Rafiq, one of the farmers in Sigi Regency, is one of beneficiaries of Global Wakaf – ACT’s waqf well. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, PALU – In 2018, the magnitude 7.4 earthquake that shook Central Sulawesi also damaged the Gumbasa Irrigation Network, affecting 8,000 hectares of agricultural land in Sigi Regency that dried out due to lack of water. Two years later, Aksi Cepat Tanggap continues to strive to support the lives of the earthquake survivors.

Partnering with Peace Wind Japan, Global Wakaf – ACT built agricultural wells in Sigi Regency. "A total of 30 agricultural wells are built in Dolo District, Sigi Regency. Alhamdulillah, we have partners that support us in building the wells so our team immediately responded,” said Global Wakaf – ACT Central Sulawesi Branch Manager Nurmarjani Loulembah, Tuesday (9/29).

In addition, Global Wakaf - ACT is also building Agricultural Waqf Wells from the waqf funds mandated by the public. Ten waqf wells were built in Dolo District funded by Waqf Funds from the public.

Each Waqf Well can irrigate an area of ​​20 to 25 hectares. In total, all of the Waqf Wells can irrigate over 500 hectares of farmlands.

Rafiq, one of the farmers in Karawana Village, Dolo District, Sigi Regency, was very much assisted by the Waqf Well.

"Alhamdulillah, I feel greatly assisted. I don’t know what’s going to happen if the wells hadn’t been built,” said Rafiq when the team met him on his farm. His chilies and tomatoes are ready to harvest now.

Rafiq is now working hard to support his family by optimally using the Waqf Well. He also built catfish ponds as an additional source of income. "Now we try to make the most of what we have because we have to strive to make a fortune. Even if none buys my produces, we can eat them ourselves,” he said. []