ACTNews, GAZA – ACT volunteers in Gaza loaded hundreds of boxes, arranging them carefully on a pickup truck. Each box contains staple food packages. Before the truck started, several PPE-wearing volunteers sprayed the truck with disinfectant liquid as an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. As of Tuesday (4/21), there were 466 COVID-19 confirmed cases in Palestine. One death was also reported that day, making a total of 4 COVID-19 related deaths in Palestine.
From the Indonesia Humanitarian Center (IHC) in the Gaza strip, the truck then went to Alnussirate Camp and Al Zitoon area. As many as 150 poor families received staple food packages from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT).
"The beneficiaries that we aim to reach are underprivileged families whose lives have automatically become more difficult since the COVID-19 outbreak. Alhamdulillah, there are already 150 families that benefitted from ACT’s staple food distribution," explained Said Mukkafiy from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT.
The distribution will run from April 20th to 23rd. The staple food packages serve not only as assistance to help the people of Gaza, but also as gifts in welcoming the month of Ramadan.
Children who were waiting for the distribution of staple food packages from the IHC. (ACTNews)
"We hope that the aid from the generous donors can bring happiness for the beneficiaries because soon the blessed month of Ramadan is to arrive. Hopefully, they can still feel the happiness of Ramadan even though they live amid siege and COVID-19 outbreak, "Said added.
Jomah Alnajjar, one of ACT partners who was tasked with coordinating the distribution of the staple food packages said that Gaza is currently in a difficult condition due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many people who lost their jobs due to the outbreak ahead of Ramadan. He was grateful for the presence of this assistance.
"We are very happy for the arrival of Ramadan. Hopefully, may this Ramadan bring good to the people in ACT and the people of Indonesia who have supported all countries, including Palestine. These beneficiaries are people who really need food, so this distribution really helps them, especially in Ramadan," Jomah said.