Aksi Cepat Tanggap is a humanitarian organization which focuses on natural and humanitarian integrated disaster management, covering emergency, rescue, medical, relief, reconstruction and recovery.
ACT was established on 2005 as an official and independent institution.
September 2019 – November 2019
The crowdfunding campaign aims to install water tanks to help provide safe and clean water for drought affected areas in Indonesia.
August 2019 has been the peak of the dry season in 28 provinces in Indonesia affecting nearly 48 million people.
Located on the equator line, and between Asia and Australia, Indonesia has only two seasons — rain and dry. The dry season is usually between March to September, while the rainy season lasts from September to March.
Hydro-meteorological disasters have over many years dominated natural disasters in Indonesia, which is often flooded during the rainy season and very dry, and remains extremely dry in certain regions during the dry season.
Based upon data from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBN), droughts hit Banten, West Java, Central Java, DI Yogyakarta, East Java, NTB, NTT, and Lampung last year, with some 4.87 million people being affected. The drought hit 4,053 villages in 888 sub-districts located in 111 districts and cities in 11 provinces.
On Java Island, the prolonged dry season triggered wildfires in forest areas located on the slopes of several mountains in Central, East, and West Java Provinces.
“Regions which were affected by droughts during the June, July and August period of last year, should be vigilant this year,” Adi Ripalsi, head of the agency’s climate information analysis sub-unit, said in Jakarta on June 21, 2019, adding, “Last year, the precipitation during the dry season was less than 20 millimeters a month, and this year, it could go lower.”
In Central Java, some 360 villages in 31 of the province’s 35 districts are prone to drought this year. Even as Central Java has begun to experience its dry season since early June, eight villages in the Banyumas District have already begun facing a water crisis.
At least 48 million people are threatened by drought in the dry season this year. Seven provinces are alerted for drought emergency, including Banten, West Java, Central of Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, West Nusa Tenggara, and East Nusa Tenggara. [BNPB, July 2019]
In many villages across central Java and other places, a common sight is seeing people queued for collecting water from a hole dug on a dried up riverbed.
Most of those standing in these lines are young children who want to take water for shower before they can go to school. The children carried cans and gallons, patiently waiting in front of the one-meter-deep pit. The locals called such hole belik. Within ten minutes, it can hold forty liters of water if lucky.
Little boys ran around without a glimpse of sadness on their faces even though they had to carry a bucket full of water to their respective houses. “I want to help my mother and father because they have to go to the fields. Every morning, we take the water together. The water is dirty, but it’s okay to use it for drinking and shower. We are used to it,” said Rahayu (8), a 3rd grader who studies in an elementary school in Keyongan Village. (Kompas.com)
This project will help the needy and drought affected people who are suffering from clean and safe water crisis.
GlobalSadaqah’s charity partners on the ground, ACT will help provide water tanks which will facilitate clean and safe water, especially for young children and nursing mothers.
Clean water at home for drinking, cooking, washing and bathing has numerous benefits. Families no longer need to spend hours each day collecting and carrying water home from public water sources. This time can instead be used for productive, income-generating activities. Extra water also allows families to grow vegetables and feed livestock, providing similar financial benefits. The large storage capacity of the tanks means water collected during seasonal rains can last for several months of drought, saving families money as they no longer need to purchase water.
Another narration says: “Once a dog was going round the well and was about to die out of thirst. A prostitute of Banu Israel happened to see it. So she took off her leather sock and lowered it into the well. She drew out some water and gave the dog to drink. She was forgiven on account of her action“.
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