ACTNews, BALIKPAPAN – The life burden of Ema Siti Hapsah is getting heavier. After the Covid-19 pandemic made her business close down, Ema also had lost her husband who had passed away.
Before the pandemic, Ema and her late husband used to make a living by selling snacks at the school canteen in Damai Village, Balikpapan Kota District, Balikpapan City.
“Due to the Covid-19, the students cannot attend school and the canteen has to close,” said Ema when met by Global Zakat-ACT, Tuesday (8/31/2021).
Currently, Ema teaches the Quran at TPQ (Quran center) Al-Furqan in Balikpapan City. She lives alone because her child had also passed away six years ago, while her husband passed away six months ago.
“My salary from teaching the Quran is IDR 350 thousand per month. It is not enough to pay for my electricity and water bills. Therefore, I also get help from my family in Lombok. I have no choice because I still can’t open my business again due to a lack of capital,” she said.
Uswatun Hasanah from ACT East Kalimantan explains that during the pandemic many Quran teachers in remote areas face economic difficulty and health problems. “To ease their burden, Global Zakat-ACT delivered financial assistance and food package to the Quran teachers,” said Uswatun.