ACT and Indonesian Army Collaborate to Help Orphans Affected by Covid-19

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)'s joint program with the Indonesian Army in the form of aid handover to orphans affected by COVID-19 showed an existing humanitarian collaboration between the two institutions. On Saturday (9/4/2021), ACT handed over humanitarian aid worth IDR 100 million to help meet the needs of these orphans.

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ACT President Ibnu Khajar (left) symbolically hands over IDR 100 million worth of humanitarian aid to orphans whose parents died of COVID-19 who are represented by Commander of 4th Military Regional Command/Diponegoro Major General Rudianto. (ACTNews/Ichsan Ali)

ACTNews, YOGYAKARTA – The collaboration between Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) continues to benefit underprivileged communities as well as those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic through various humanitarian programs. On Saturday (9/4/2021), located at the headquarters of the Military Resort Command 072/Pamungkas (Korem 072/PMK) on Jalan Reksobayan No.4, Gondomanan District, Yogyakarta City, ACT, and the Indonesian Army held a handover ceremony of IDR 100 million worth of humanitarian aid for orphans whose parents died of COVID-19. The aid was given to help meet the needs of these orphans.

On that occasion, ACT also held a Free Meal Operation in which 500 meal packages were cooked and distributed by the Humanity Food Bus to the orphans and the poor within the vicinity.



The Indonesian Army Chief of Staff General Andika Perkasa (left), the Commander of 4th Military Regional Command/Diponegoro Major General Rudianto (center), and ACT President Ibnu Khajar (right). (ACTNews/Ichsan Ali)

The handover ceremony was attended by President of Aksi Cepat Tanggap Ibnu Khajar, the Indonesian Army Chief of Staff General Andika Perkasa, the Commander of 4th Military Regional Command/Diponegoro Major General Rudianto, and the Commander of Military Resort Command 072/Pamungkas Colonel Inf. Afianto.

"To our children, orphans whose parents died of Covid-19, we want to convey the spirit that this does not mean our future stops. We still have a chance for a better future. Many great, inspirational, and successful figures are orphaned.  We hope that in the future, a leader of this nation will be born among these orphans," said ACT President Ibnu Khajar in his speech.

Ibnu said that ACT's collaboration with the Indonesian Army will continue to support the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Through 104 ACT branch offices and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) volunteer network throughout Indonesia will support the collaboration between ACT and the Indonesian Armed Forces.

"All of our volunteers support all of the good work done by the Army. We feel grateful and proud to be able to deliver gifts to orphans whose parents have returned to Allah. We thank you and we are sure that this togetherness is what makes this nation great. It is this integrity that makes this nation strong. It has been proven that the pandemic that has lasted for almost two years has not at all reduced the spirit of solidarity to successfully overcome it, "added Ibnu.

The Commander of Military Resort Command 072/Pamungkas Colonel Inf. Afianto reveals that the Covid-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of parents who still have small children. Afianto emphasized the importance of strengthening sympathy and bringing benefits to others, one such example is the collaboration between ACT and the Indonesian Army.

"I really appreciate the Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s program because, through this program, we can drive all elements of the nation to empathize with people in need. We must get involved directly to empathize with one another, and an activity must have benefits," said Afianto.

Afianto added that the collaboration shall continue, especially since ACT is considered a competent institution in the social and humanitarian fields. "Especially in the future when a disaster occurs, we must collaborate with all components of the nation. Today's collaborative program was also attended by the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army. This is truly a blessing and a gift for all because we pay attention to orphans affected by Covid-19," he added. []