|Queueing of residents to get water from UMM water tank. (Photo: Hasim / UMM)|
The erratic rainfall have resulted a drought in some areas in Malang, namely Gunung Tumpuk Hamlet, Sidoluhur Village, Lawang District, Malang Regency. University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), Friday (2/11), cooperated with the Branch Manager of Muhammadiyah Lawang, Malang Regency to distribute clean water to the area.
The access passed through by UMM team was not easy. The location on this plateau has a damaged road and can only be passed by one car. To carry 5000 liters of clean water tank, it took at least 3 hours. The residents of Sidoluhur Hamlet were very enthusiastic while waiting for the distribution of clean water. They queued by carrying various containers to hold water.
"In the future, the distribution of clean water is not only in Lawang area but also will be expanded in other drought areas. The closest plan of UMM is going to send clean water assistance to the drought area in Singosari," explained Hasim AM.d., UMM coordinator for clean water assistance. It has been three days since the hamlet no longer has a clean water supply.
UMM Initiative to distribute clean water to some regions called UMM Rector, Dr. Fauzan M.Pd. ia a form of service and concern for UMM to disadvantaged communities. As a form of other commitments, UMM helped disadvantaged communities by sending a number of volunteers and hospital workers to help burden of the disaster in Central Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara.
Furthermore, UMM was entrusted to be the organizer of Indonesian Online Learning System (SPADA) program from the Ministry of Research and Technology for a number of students at Hamzanwadi University, NTB. In contrast, UMM also sent 15 PGSD students to get a similar program. There is not only learning about the learning culture of the university, but also directly involved in disaster-affected areas in Lombok.
"There is not only learning about the university's learning culture, but also directly involved in the disaster-affected areas in Lombok, precisely the Sambelia area. Students are invited to participate in providing trauma healing or trauma recovery in elementary schools and distributing basic necessities to victims of the disaster," Fauzan explained. (ard)