ACTNews, MAKASSAR — As Ramadan reaches its last ten days, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continues to distribute iftar in many regions in Indonesia. Several ACT branches on the islands of Java, Sumatra, and Sulawesi organized iftar distributions near the 23rd day of Ramadan. Thousands of iftar meals were given away to those in need.
On Monday (4/25/2022), iftar distribution took place at Babut Taqwa Mosque in Bontorannu Village, Makassar City. A total of 100 portions of iftar packages were distributed to the worshippers and residents around Babut Taqwa Mosque.
"They were very grateful for the iftar food from the donors. We hope that we can always distribute free iftar every year during the month of Ramadan,” said Ahmad Gazali from the Makassar Chapter of Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI), Monday (4/25/2022).
The atmosphere of sharing iftar in Makassar. (ACTNews)
In the same province of South Sulawesi, 70 iftar packages were handed over to informal workers, scavengers, and buskers. The distribution took place on Jalan Raya Penrang, Watang Sawitto District, Pinrang Regency.
Across the straits on the island of Sumatra, the iftar distribution benefitted orphans at the Nur Sohib Islamic Boarding School in Tanjung Uncang, Batam City. According to Khairul Hafidz from the ACT Batam team, the Nur Sohib Islamic Boarding School is a place for poor students.
"Nur Sohib Islamic Boarding School is an Islamic boarding school whose students are mostly poor orphans. The teachers receive less than IDR 500,000 a month. We aim to fulfill the nutritional needs of the orphans by distributing iftar meals,” explained Khairul.
On the island of Java, on the 23rd day of Ramadan, iftar distributions were organized in West Jakarta, Cirebon, and Serang. In West Jakarta, partnering with the local MSMEs empowered by Global Wakaf, ACT distributed 500 iftar packages that include 300 packages of snacks.
In Serang, Banten, 50 iftar packages were given away to informal workers, scavengers, and street buskers at the time of iftar near the ACT Serang Branch office on Jalan Raya Cilegon, Lontar Baru Village, Serang. "People are enthusiastic but still orderly," said Alamsyah from the ACT Serang team.
In Cirebon, the iftar distribution targeted orphans and poor people in the village of Pejambon, Sumber District, Cirebon City. Donations for the poor and orphans were also given at this event.
"A total of 95 iftar packages were given at the charity event for orphans and poor people in Pejambon. The children were very happy because they could enjoy delicious food for iftar," said Tawwaba from the ACT Cirebon team, Sunday (5/24/2022).