Continuing Free Rice Operation in East Jakarta

Hundreds of impoverished families and daily workers that have been financially affected by the COVID-19 received free rice from ACT on Thursday (4/9). ACT aims to distribute 1,000 tons of rice to the needy.

One of the beneficiaries of Free Rice Operation. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)

ACTNews, JAKARTA - Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed rice aid to hundreds of residents in a neighborhood in the Lubang Buaya Urban Village, Cipayung Sub-District, East Jakarta. The distribution of rice on Thursday (4/9) was part of the Free Rice Operation launched by ACT in collaboration with Indonesian Armed Forces on Thursday (4/2).

Working together with the local Neighborhood Association (RT) officials, ACT targeted the underprivileged citizens, widows, and daily workers who have lost their jobs since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Armani, one of the beneficiaries, confessed that she has lost his livelihood since people chose to stay home.

"For my daily food, I rely on the money from my son who works as a parking attendant. If he has no money, then they will be no money for me. Oh My God, it has been very difficult for me to eat. Usually, I set up a stall in front of a supermarket during Ramadan. But now I have no Idea what to do because they said that people are not allowed to go out because of corona, "said Armani.

Armani (60) was grateful for the Free Rice Operation from ACT. She also hoped that the outbreak will be over soon so that her child can work normally again, considering that some of her children have not been able to work for several days.

Armani could not contain her tears for the benefactors’ kindness. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)

"I can only ask Allah. O Allah, make the corona disappear soon so that my children can also work normally again. Thank you very much for I have been helped, "said Armani.

The Free Rice Operation aims to target around 20,000 beneficiaries, especially daily workers whose income has been affected by the spread of the corona virus. In collaboration with the Indonesian Armed Forces, ACT aims to distribute 1,000 tons of rice for underprivileged communities.

"I invite the Indonesian Armed Forces and the whole community to mobilize national social solidarity again. This disaster has impacted not only on health but also economy, especially on the grass root level. Let's focus not only on the health impact, but also on the economic impact. If we can overcome it well together, then Insha Allah, there will not be a social disaster in the future," said Ahyudin, Chairman of ACT’s Supervisory Board during the launching of the program, Thursday (4/4). []