Free Rice Operation Provides Food for the Visually Impaired in West Jakarta

The Free Rice Operation helped 150 visually impaired beneficiaries on Sunday (4/5). The program, supported by the Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI), aimed to support the economy of the visually impaired who are now losing their income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Handover of assistance to Endah, one of the participants of the Braille Al Ihya Alquran House (RABA). (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA - ACT distributed 280 rice packages through the Free Rice Operations program to the members of the Rumah Al-Quran Braille Al-Ihya (RABA). Supported by the Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI), hundreds of rice packages were given to around 150 visually impaired beneficiaries at RABA, Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta, Sunday (5/4).

The distribution of rice was carried out because their income has been significantly reduced after the COVID-19 pandemic. They, who work as masseurs, no longer have customers because of the physical distance policy.

"Until now, there have been no customers from the beginning of March. The impact has been quite significant. There have been no patients at all," said Endah, one of the visually-impaired. In addition, Endah also lost his source of livelihood by selling crackers because the factory where he takes the crackers has been closed due to the pandemic.

Consequently, Endah has been jobless like his fellow visually-impaired. But he is grateful for those who still care for the visually-impaired during this pandemic, including ACT who gave them rice packages.

One of the beneficiaries of the Free Rice Operations program at RABA. (ACTNews)

"Alhamdulillah, there’s always been assistance like the one we received from ACT. It is very helpful for us, especially the visually impaired people. We are immensely grateful and we feel really assisted," said Endah. He hoped that more assistance from ACT will continue to reach them in the future.

The program, which was launched on Thursday (4/2), aims to reach around 20,000 beneficiaries, especially daily workers whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic. Partnering with the Indonesian Armed Forces, ACT aims to distribute 1,000 tons of rice, beginning by distributing the first 100 tons at 10 points in Jakarta Metropolitan Area on the first day of the program.

I invite the Indonesian Armed Forces and the whole community to mobilize national social solidarity again. This disaster has impacted not only on health but also economy, especially on the grass root level. Let's focus not only on the health impact, but also on the economic impact. If we can overcome it well together, then Insha Allah, there will not be a social disaster in the future," said Ahyudin as Chairman of the ACT’s Supervisory Board during the launching of the program, Thursday (4/2). []