Food Package Distribution for Sunda Strait Tsunami Survivors

The aid distribution is a form of thanksgiving for the construction of Family Waqf Wells in the temporary shelters complex in Sumberjaya Village

Food Package Distribution for Sunda Strait Tsunami Survivors' photo
For approximately seven months, the survivors of the tsunami have been living in temporary shelters. (ACTNews/Reza Mardhani)

ACTNews, PANDEGLANG – Lembaga Pusat Pengajian Al-Zikri along with Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed food packages and school kits to hundreds of victims of the Sunda Strait tsunami that occurred in late 2018. Hundreds of survivors are still living in temporary shelters in Sumberjaya Village, Pandeglang Regency, Banten Province.

The distribution of food packages and school kits on Sunday (10/27) was a form of thanksgiving for the Family Waqf Well that will soon be built by Global Waqf-ACT in the temporary shelter complex. Mohammad Giri Farras Syah from the ACT team explained, the Family Waqf Well is a form of solidarity from the Lembaga Pusat Pengajian Al-Zikri for their brothers and sisters in Indonesia.

"This donation and thanksgiving event is a form of solidarity for our brothers and sisters who are currently experiencing drought for the past few months. In addition, Lembaga Pusat Pengajian Al-Zikri also donated hundreds of school kits to the children living in the temporary shelter complex," he said.

Noor Hidayah from Lembaga Pusat Pengajian Al-Zikri explained that her institution began helping disaster survivors since the Palu, Sigi and Donggala earthquakes last year. She expressed her gratitude to various parties, both individuals and humanitarian agencies in Malaysia who had donated for the disaster victims.

The distribution of food packages to the survivors of the Sunda Strait tsunami. (ACTNews/Reza Mardhani)

In addition, Noor also appreciated ACT who has collaborated with them several times. She hopes that in the future there will always be other collaborations that they can do with ACT.

"Thank you to ACT for giving us a lot of help when we are in Indonesia. Insha Allah, we hope that in the future there will be more collaborations that we can do not only in Indonesia but also in other countries and regions," said Noor.

Rasti (57), a resident of Sumur Subdistrict, said that she was happy to get food packages from ACT. The food packages will be enough to help her who is no longer able to work and depends on her children’s support.

"Alhamdulillah, I pray that you will be blessed. We are greatly assisted because we have urgent needs. For clean water, we usually wait for people to distribute water here because there’s only a little water here since the arrival of dry season," said Rasti.

As for the Family Waqf Well, Farras said that the Global Wakaf-ACT will build it as soon as possible. A Family Waqf Well will fulfill the needs of one family that still lives in the temporary shelter. []