Ardiwartati's Struggle to Take Care of Child with Cerebral Palsy

Ardiwartati's love has never been separated from taking care of her cerebral palsy child. She comes from a low-income family. She only relies on her husband's salary of IDR 20,000 per day.

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Ardiwartati’s family feels the benefits of Free Food Operations in Baso District, Agam Regency, West Sumatra. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, AGAM – Ardiwartati takes care of her children with love and struggles as a mother. One of her children has cerebral palsy. The disease causes a group of disorders that affect a person's ability to move and maintain balance and posture.

“My son has been suffering from cerebral palsy since birth. He is 21 years old now. He cannot talk and walk like a normal adult," said Ardiwartati, Monday (8/2/2021).

Ardiwartati lives in a simple wooden house in Baringin Jorong Tigo Kampuang, Salo Village, Baso District, Agam Regency, West Sumatra. Ardiwartati and her family live in limited circumstances, especially in food fulfillment. Her families find it burdensome to meet their daily food needs.

“I stay at home to take care of the children. My husband works as a betel nut collector. He earns IDR 20 thousand a day,” said Arfiwartati.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Bukittinggi, and Military District Command Baso visited the house of Ardiwatati. The team did not find any food in her house.

ACT-MRI Bukittinggi provided food aid from Free Food Operation Program, one of which was Waqf Rice. Ardiwartati's face was full of happiness when she received this food aid. “Alhamdulillah, I thank ACT and the donors for this assistance. Hopefully, you will be given abundant rewards and wealth," added Ardiwartati.[]