Food Packages Support Covid-19 Grave Diggers in Balikpapan

Despite funeral workers’ essential role during the surge of Covid-19 deaths, they often don’t receive enough appreciation. To support their struggle, ACT provided food packages and hygiene kits for them.

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Funeral worker at Karang Joang KM 15 Cemetery in Balikpapan receives food packages from ACT and NAM. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BALIKPAPAN – The surging COVID-19 deaths has forced the grave diggers in Karang Joang KM 15 cemetery in Balikpapan to work harder. Every day, they dig dozens of graves for COVID-19 victims. As a form of appreciation and support, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Gerakan Nikmatnya Berbagi (GNB) provided food packages and hygiene kits for them.

Uswatun Hasanah of ACT Balikpapan said the funeral workers work tirelessly every day. Because of this, they deserve to be appreciated and supported.

“The funeral workers are mostly of lower-middle-class. Their salary is fixed although they are working harder these days during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their risks are also great," said Uswatun, Friday (7/30/2021).

Uswatun continued, ACT and GNB East Kalimantan delivered food packages to 35 funeral workers at Karang Joang KM 15 cemetery. Each package contains rice, health drinks, eggs, milk, and cooking oil. They also received hygiene kits to keep their cleanliness to avoid contracting the coronavirus.

Coordinator of Balikpapan City Covid-19 Cemetery Fajar expressed his gratitude for the aid packages from ACT and NAM. According to Fajar, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the funeral workers’ role is very essential.

“Thanks to ACT and GNB for their help. We hope that this assistance can bolster our spirit and motivation to carry out our duties," said Fajar.[]