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Jiwo Villagers' Struggle for Clean Water

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ACTNews, BOJONEGORO – Located around 700 meters above sea level, Pajeng Village in Bojonegoro is adorned with scenic natural beauty with mountains, jungles and lush farmlands. It takes an hour drive by car to reach the village.

Unlike in urban areas, the houses in the village are made of wooden boards and are built not too close to each other. Unfortunately, behind the scenic beauty, water crisis is prevalent in the village. This water crisis also affects the people of Jiwo Hamlet. In the hamlet surrounded by Mujo, Ngonga’ and Kol Mountains, the residents have to struggle just for clean water for their daily needs.

In this hamlet, there is only one water source located near the valley. Those who live on the hills have to climb down through steep path just to get clean water. After rains, the path often gets too slippery to step on.

“The residents of the hamlet are in dire need of clean water access. Though there is a water source, but the access is quite difficult. Some families can afford water pump machine and pipeline to deliver the water to their houses, but the poorer families have to directly go to the well. Most of them live on the slope of the mountains,” said Sunhaji Ghalib Mohammad Khalil, a Global Wakaf Volunteer.

To fulfill their daily needs such as laundry, cooking and drinking, the locals who have no vehicle have to carry jerry cans to and from the well. They also rely on the well as the main water source during dry season.

“The water from Regional Drinking Water Company (PDAM) does not reach the area. All villagers rely on the one and only well,” added Ghalib.

The villagers also need a new water source for Al-Fattah Mosque, a new mosque that they are building. They are building the new mosque because the old mosque in the village is already in devastating condition.

“They need water source for them to take their wudu and for the restrooms. Some of the locals don’t have their own restrooms, some even defecate in the jungle. Hence, they need the pipeline to deliver the water from the water source to the mosque’s water storage tank located at the center of the hamlet. From the water storage tank, the water will be distributed to their houses. They hope that they no longer have to go far away to get clean water. Just go to the mosque,” Gholib added.

Dipo Hadi of Global Wakaf team confirmed Gholib’s statement. According to him, apart from lack of access to clean water, many of the locals also live on low income. Seeing this condition, Global Wakaf plans to build a Waqf Well in the form of pipeline. “Insha Allah, hopefully, the construction can proceed smoothly. We will construct the pipeline from the well to Al-Fattah Mosque because the mosque is located close to settlement area, so the villagers can easily get clean water,” explained Hadi. []