ACT and FKIP UNMUL Students Send Humanitarian Aid to Fire Victims in Balikpapan

Concern continues to be expressed to the fire survivors in Balikpapan. This time, ACT together with the Student Executive Council (BEM) of FKIP UNMUL provided assistance for the children.

One of the survivors receives assistance from ACT and BEM of FKIP UNMUL.
One of the survivors receives assistance from ACT and BEM of FKIP UNMUL. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BALIKPAPAN – A severe fire in a densely populated residence in Gunung Bugis, West Balikpapan, Saturday (6/5/2021) brought grief to the residents. Those who were affected lost their property and had their houses burnt down. The residents tried to find items that could still be reused among the remnants of their houses.

Currently, the affected residents are still waiting for a helping hand since assistance is not only required on the day of the incident. Responding to the situation, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team returned to the location of the fire after previously distributing humanitarian aid to the affected residents. This time, together with BEM FKIP Mulawarman University, Samarinda, humanitarian assistance was again delivered in mid-June.

The provided aid was in the form of food packages and school equipment for the local children. Umar (23) the Head of BEM FKIP UNMUL expressed his appreciation for the collaboration. "Not only handed over aid through ACT, but we also had the opportunity to come directly to the disaster site," he said.

Khaidir Ali from the ACT East Kalimantan Program team said that until now the survivors are still waiting for a helping hand while continues to open collaborations of kindness to help others.[]