Qatar Charity, Indonesian ministry sign agreement for drinking water project

QATAR Charity (QC) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Indonesian Ministry of Higher Education with the goal of drilling 100 surface wells to supply universities and colleges suggested by the ministry with drinking water.

QC will manage the costs of drilling, installation of tanks with 100 litres capacity and installation of water lifting machinery.

Director-General of the ministry Ali Gufron said the agreement will have a huge impact on the lives of the students as the provision of drinking water will help them carry on with their studies easily.

“QC is a role model for civil society organisations and humanitarian charities due to their interest in the real needs of the society and the implementation of the projects needed,”Gufron added.

QC Country Director of Indonesia office Karam Zeinhom said the charity follows a well examined development vision when determining suitable areas to implement its projects.”QC is always keen that its projects serve a large number of people. Hence, the choice came after a field survey was carried out to select the universities and colleges that suffer from severe shortage of water,” Zeinhom added.

QC has drilled 3,550 wells in Garut City of Indonesia, as part of an agreement signed with its governor Rudy Gunawan in September 2014. The QR1.75 million projects now offer drinkable water for the city after its people suffered for years from water-borne diseases.

The 300-square-kilometre city of Garut with a population of 2.5 million relies mainly on agriculture.

QC continues to implement income-generating projects for poor families in Indonesia, benefiting 12,000 families so far. These projects are part of QC’s efforts in Indonesia to contribute to the development of local communities targeted through these projects and to support international efforts to achieve the current Millennium Development Goals.

In addition, QC works on contributing to the self-sufficiency of poor families by providing a continuous source of income for them to preserve their dignity.

Source: Qatar Charity