MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, SUDAN — The Lazismu (Muhammadiyah Zakat Management Body) of the Muhammadiyah Special Branch (PCIM) of Sudan launched the first well as aid of Indonesians for Sudanese. Located in Umkatti, Omdurman, Sudan, the well drilling began on Tuesday (8/11) or two days after the MoU signing between the Lazismu Office of the Muhammadiyah Special Branch of Sudan and Rohwali of Sudan, a local well drilling agency.
With the population of approximately ten million people, Umkatii has limited access to clean water and electricity. Its location is also far from the capital city so they have to walk to get water sources near the Nile River.
Thus, the well inauguration was welcomed enthusiastically by the locals. It was attended by staff of the Lazismu Office of the Muhammadiyah Special Branch of Sudan, representatives of the Muhammadiyah Special Branch of Sudan, the Aisyiyah Special Branch of Sudan, and representatives of Rowahil of Sudan.
In his remark, the Lazismu Office Head Wahidin Mayar Daroji wished that the well would benefit the locals.
“Muhammadiyah is one of the socio-religious organizations, and the well drilling is part of the implementation of Islamic teaching. May the well be beneficial for others, and the donors and all parties contributing to the well drilling are rewarded,” said Daroji.
On behalf of Rowahli of Sudan and the locals, a Sudanese representative thanked Indonesians for their care so that the locals could get access to clean. “We thank the Lazismu of Sudan and Indonesians for drilling the well for us,” a representative said.
In addition, the well inauguration was followed by a campaign of steps of hand washing and toothbrush to children because Sudan often facing outbreaks.
Meanwhile, some parties joined a Zoom meeting to inaugurate the well on Saturday (3/12). They were the Indonesian Ambassador to the Republic of Sudan, the advisor of Lazismu of the Central Board of Muhammadiyah, the Chair of the Lazismu, the Chairman of the Muhammadiyah Special Branch of Sudan, and the Lazismu Office Head of the Muhammadiyah Special Branch of Sudan.
The well is part of Muhammadiyah internationalization to play roles in the Middle East and Africa and to maintain relations with the Lazismu Office of Sudan, the Lazismu of the Central Board of Muhammadiyah, and the representatives of the Republic of Indonesia.
The Indonesian Ambassador to the Republic of Sudan, Sunarko appreciated Lazismu for providing access to clean water. “The Indonesian Embassy in Khartoum highly appreciates the Lazismu of the Central Board of Muhammadiyah and the Lazismu of Sudan for helping people in Sudan amidst the pandemic and socio-economic crisis,” Sunarko said.
Besides, the advisor of Lazismu Hilman Latief, also assigned as the Chairman of the Central Board of Muhammadiyah 2022-2027, valued the contribution. He wished that the Lazismu of Sudan could have other programs right on target, particularly to assist Sudanese people who confront unstable socio-economic conditions.