Distribution of Aid Continues, GlobalGiving Focuses on the Elderly in Malang

Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) volunteers delivered food parcels from GlobalGiving to the houses of several elderly people in Malang City.

Distribution of food aid in Baran Hamlet, Buring Village, Kedungkandang District, Malang City. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, MALANG - Poniman (65), a resident of Baran Hamlet, Buring Village, Kedungkandang District, Malang City, makes a living by opening a stall in front of his house. When schools were closed due to the pandemic, Poniman’s livelihood has also been affected. He can no longer run his stall. "I believe, Insha Allah, He will provide other ways of sustenance," he said when the Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) volunteers met him in Malang in November 2020.

At that time, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Malang distributed food aid parcels mandated by GlobalGiving, a US-based non-profit organization. Around 150 elderly people who are living in poverty received food parcels amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In total, GlobalGiving handed out 206 food parcels to the needy in Malang.

"The team delivered food parcels door to door to see first-hand the condition of the impoverished community," said Iqrok Wahyu Perdana of ACT Malang Program Department.

Iqrok added that many of them are still working farming despite their old age. They are not as strong as they were. Therefore, Iqrok hoped that the food parcels can help the elderly during this pandemic. []