Clean Water and Sanitation is an essential necessity of human life, hence, it is no wonder if the United Nations (UN) through its organization namely United Nation of Development Program (UNDP) along with the members of UN make Water and Sanitation issue as the 6th goal of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) whereby by 2030 the issue shall be eliminated.

Zakat and SDGs have common interest in several goals, particularly for the 6th goal of SDGs because Clean Water and Sanitation issue are classical problem which inherent with poverty. Moreover, in Islamic perspective, Clean Water and Sanitation are also important issue which relate directly to the worship validity of a Muslim to Allah. Hence, as the third pillar of Islam, the part of Zakat fund shall be contributed to the Clean Water and Sanitation program. To do so, as the Zakat Institution that has been validated by the Law of the Republic of Indonesia, the National Board of Zakat (BAZNAS) has been contributed in Clean Water and Sanitation program in several rural areas including Kendal Village in Central Java.

In a form of Clean Water and Sanitation program, BAZNAS has been contributed to Kendel Village approximately IDR 40 Million for around 40 beneficiaries. The fund is purposed for building the standard water and sanitation infrastructures. Furthermore, in order to monitor and evaluate the progress of WASH program in that village, Central of Strategies Studies of BAZNAS (Puskas BAZNAS) conducted a preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of BAZNAS Water and Sanitation Program in Kendel Village in 23rd April 2019.

By doing an in-depth interview to the Kendel Village officers and direct observation to the houses of Kendel citizens, the result of the assessment is quite good. The citizens of Kendel Village particularly the beneficiaries really utilize the assistance provided by BAZNAS. So that at this time the beneficiaries have adequate clean water and sanitation facilities compared to before. Thus, the assistance provided by BAZNAS has a quite effective impact on WASH programs, nevertheless, Puskas BAZNAS recommends the institutions to replicate the similar program in other areas that are more in need.