Collaboration with Jakarta Government to Give the Best Ramadan

Collaboration with Jakarta Government to Give the Best Ramadan

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Ramadan is approaching. The Muslims around the world are preparing to welcome this blessed month. In the capital of Indonesia, the government of Jakarta, alongside Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Dompet Dhuafa, is preparing to give free iftar meals for the residents of Jakarta.

“We, the provincial government of Jakarta together with ACT and Dompet Dhuafa, are preparing to give free iftar for the needy in 233 RW (Community Association) which are classified as slum areas,” said Anies Baswedan, the Governor of the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, on Tuesday (5/15).

The collaborative program entitled “Enjoying Iftar together, Bringing Happiness to Jakarta, Spreading Blessings to All”, according to Baswedan, is a collaboration between the government and the public. From the fundraising to the distribution will be done together. Around 400 packages of food will be distributed to every RW in Jakarta.

“For everyone who wants to take part in this initiative, ACT and Dompet Dhuafa will be the channels. You (the public) can entrust the donation to the related parties to be distributed in the form of iftar meals,” added Baswedan.

N. Imam Akbari as Senior Vice President of ACT hoped that this collaboration will result in a synergy between the government, philanthropic foundations and the people (especially in Jakarta) to share mercy and compassion amidst the condition of this nation’s unity that is being tested.

“We hope that this will be an oasis, not just a mirage. In accordance with our slogan, we aim to “Give the Best Ramadan” to solve the contrasting problem in our society, that despite the rise in our consumption, there are those who have nothing for suhoor and iftar,” said Akbari.

ACT to be assisted by Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia

To realize this noble collaboration that has been mutually agreed by the Jakarta Provincial Government, ACT and Dompet Dhuafa, ACT also involve Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Greater Jakarta to participate. ACT will visit the Community Associations in three regions: Central Jakarta, North Jakarta and Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu).

Dicky Irawan, the chairman of MRI-ACT said that he is preparing warehouses called the Central Warehouses in each sub-district. These warehouses will hold the aid (in the form of goods and supplies) from the donors. From these warehouses, the supplies will then be sent to the public kitchens that will be set up in each Community Association.

“These central warehouses will provide the food supplies in accordance with the need of every Community Association,” explained Dicky.

The volunteers from MRI-ACT will serve as the coordinators in the Central Warehouses, as well as intermediaries between each Community Association. Ninety six MRI volunteers will be dispatched as the coordinators each day, as well as other temporary volunteers.

MRI-ACT, through Dicky, hope that the volunteers will not only serve as the coordinator of the community iftar, but also as the intermediaries to the government. “We also want to hold potluck, invite other people to donate food such as sweet foods to break the fast. Like in Makkah, we invite them to break the fast together, we hope that we can shere with each other,” said Dicky. []


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