Jun 18, 2020

COVID-19 Aid DIstribution

Dear our respected donors across the globe,

I am reaching you out today kindly to updates on our humanitarian assistance, especially COVID-19 Aid Distribution in Indonesia. In Indonesia, all 34 provinces are facing COVID-19 and it is very sad that until now there is no vaccine have not been invented yet. During the COVID-19 circumstances in Indonesia ACT Foundation keep humanitarian mission continue to support unfortunate people or communities who have been affected  by COVID-19 and the fund have been ditributed to 3 provinces in Indonesia are Jakarta, West Java and North Sulawesi. 

Today, I will inform the aid distribution on cooked meals / hot meals that we distributed in Jakarta. The Hot Meals Project implemented on 24th until 28th of May 2020, in 6 different locations in Jakarta. The total of Hot Meals set distributed was 3,000 packages.

On the 24th of May 2020 in the morning, the team has begun cooking and prepared the first 2,000 packages of hot meals in ACT’s central kitchen in Megamendung, Bogor. At 1 o’clock in the afternoon, the team was divided into 4 groups to distribute the hot meals packages in 4 different locations. The first location was Fatmawati Hospital in South Jakarta, which is also one of the referral hospital for Covid-19 cases. 500 packages were distributed in the hospital area dedicated for the medical staffs, the hospital crews and the family of the patients.

The second location was in RSPI (Hospital for infectious disease) Sulianti Saroso. The hot meals set distributed were also 500 packages. Those were given to the medical staffs, hospital crews and the family of the patient who visited at that time.The third location was Kampung Muka in Jakarta Utara. The hot meals set distributed were 500 packages. Kampung Muka is one of the crowd areas with low per capita income. The hot meals packages were distributed to affected people by the Covid-19. The last distribution spot was Kemang Utara. There were 500 hot meals packages distributed to the neighborhoods that were also affected by the Covid-19.

On the 26 th and 28th of May 2020, the implementation of this program was continued in Cipinang, South Jakarta and in Tomang, West Jakarta. The hot meals sets were cooked beforehand in the same place, in ACT’s Central Kitchen in Megamendung, Bogor. The hot meals packages were then distributed in Cipinang and Tomang. Those were delivered to the people, who couldn’t afford their daily life, while most of them are irregular daily workers. This pandemic has worsened their life because they have got no income.

As of Friday (17/06), 41.431 Covid-19 positive cases were found in Indonesia. 16.243 people were recovered and the remaining 2.276 people died. To cope with the massive spread of corona outbreaks, the government urged people to carry out activities such as work, school and worship at home. As a result, economic activity is disrupted. Various shopping centers have been closed because people’s income has dropped dramatically. Various workers from the informal sectors also experienced an income decline or even no income at all. A number of companies have terminated their employment (FLE). Indonesia's Ministry of Manpower (Kemenaker) said that as of Thursday (04/16) there were 1.5 million people lost their jobs due to the Corona outbreak.

The Covid-19 pandemic has unfolded the dilemma for everyone, particularly for they who have irregular income to afford their daily needs. The people who are only daily workers had to experience the worse scenario. With this hot meals distribution program, at least they could be helped a bit. The hot meals were dedicated not only to the medical staffs), but also to them, who were in needs while affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sumari (67), collected junks and sell them for life. Nowadays in this Covid-19 pandemic, there were not many junks left, because people’s activities were restricted. She then could only hang her hope up to the neighbor’s help, because the money she had weren’t much enough to buy the rice and the side dishes for her daily life. This iftar program has at least helped her, because she didn’t have to worry what she would eat next.

Anton is an online motorcyle taxi (ojek) driver. His income decreased because of the covid-19 pandemic. It was normal for him to get Rp. 200.000,- a day, but sadly in this pandemic he could only get maximum Rp. 30.000.

Finally, Thank you very much for your amazing support that benefit to Indonesian people.

Warm regards,

Mohamad F. Amrullah

Jun 17, 2020

Hope for Better Education from Bamboo-Walled Schoo

Dear our respected donors across the globe,

It is located on the top of one of the hills in the south of Tasikmalaya Regency, far from the crowds, amidst the towering trees and lush tea plantations. Unfortunately, the access to reach this place is not easy, as the road to this village is steep, rocky and muddy. Only motorcycles are able to traverse this road. Usually, local residents modify their motorcycle tires by covering them with chains to protect them from the mud.

Private Islamic Elementary School (MIS) Cilenjang is located in Campakasari Village, Bojonggambir District, Tasikmalaya Regency. Located atop the hill, its roofs are visible from afar. It looks beautiful amid the greenery.

MIS Cilenjang has three buildings with no flooring but dirt. The asbestos roof will heat up during hot days. The walls are made of woven bamboo. The rooms have no windows, and the door hinges are only made of scrap tires.

"Initially, MIS Cilenjang had six classrooms, but since 2019 they have to share with a local junior high school at the same location," Muhammad Kamaludin, one of the teachers explained clearly. 

MIS Cilenjang has around 60 students coming from three villages around the school. Another school located closest to the village is e kilometers away, and the children must walk to reach that school. The road until now has not been paved and the location is between the tea plantations.

MI Cilenjang was established in the 80’s, but it relocated twice. In 2014, MIS Cilenjang moved to its current location in Campakasari Village, getting near to the settlement area. The building that currently stands is was built by the community who wants their children to go to school every day.

"Previously, because the location of the school was very far from the settlement area, most children only attended the school 2 or 3 days a week. It was too far and difficult to reach, especially when it rains and there were no motorized vehicles. But now, children can go to school every day," Kamal said.

Every day, the students and teachers have to conduct teaching and learning activities in dust-filled classrooms. The classroom only has simple desks. Some students have to sit on the flood because of the limited seats. They sat on wooden boards to protect them from the dirt.

The lack of adequate facilities in this school does not dampen the spirit of the students. Among the students was Handi, a third-grader who enthusiastically goes to school every day. He walks to school along with his friends.

MIS Cilenja is one of the schools in Indonesia with inadequate facilities. Nevertheless, the hope for a better education in the outskirts of Tasikmalaya surges on

Indeed, the school or classroom condition in Indonesia is far from convenience for studying and teaching process for students and teachers.  We kindly thank you very much for your kindess and sincere help to support us. Please stay safe and healthy.

Warm regards,

Mohamad F. Amrullah

 

  

May 5, 2020

Meals for the needy in Indonesia

Dear our respected donors across the globe,

On this occasion please allow me to deliver our deep gratitude to all of your generousity to support Indonesian communities who are struggling on their daily life.   

On behalf of ACT Foundation, I really hope that you, your family are doing very well for this uncertain time that almost every country face COVID-19 and in Indonesia the numbers of COVID-19 are increasing significantly. There are  11.587 positive, recovered 1.954, deaths 864as of May 4th, 2020 on https://www.covid19.go.id/ official website. 

I kindly inform you that ACT Foundation is a non-profit, a non-government-organization, engaged in the handling of humanitarian disasters (natural disasters and social disasters), emergency relief, recovery, renovation of schools, clinics, public facilities, health programs included malnutrition, famine, children, health and sanitation issues, economic empowerment, community development in Indonesia and foreign countries

Due to the COVID-19 oubreak that face Indonesia as well, ACT Foundation https://bit.ly/ACTFoundation will keep the mission continue to deliver fresh cooked meal for unfortunate people in Indonesia that related to this project https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/humanityfoodtruck/ . The fresh meal have been distributed to the neigbourhood in Bogor West Java which majority inhabitants are informal workers, and employees who just got laid off  cause of COVID-19, it has been distributed by "door to door" to the beneficiaries. It is about 500 beneficiaries who received the aid and we will keep continue the mission to support unfortunate families who really in need especially at this uncertain time. 

Humanity Truck equipped with kitchen, making it the mobile public kitchen which able to deliver free meals up to 1,000 portion per day. The meals are cooked for the less fortunate people in Indonesia who are affected by disasters or economic crisis. Led by professional chef, this truck can provide healthy and delicious meal for the needy. The Humanity truck deliver the cooked meals during the emergency response and also on daily activities to provide free meals for the poor in Indonesia.

Moreover, I kindly inform you that ACT Foundation also response on the COVID-19, at your convenience time please take a look and click  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/emergency-response-coronavirus-aid-distribution/ 

Finally, thank you very much for your kindness and sincere support for Indonesian community. What an amazing support from all of you!  Your hands are very helpful for Indonesian community. Please stay safe and healthy. 

Warm regards, 


Mohamad F. Amrullah 

 
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