ACTNews, JAKARTA - For small and micro businesses, the “new normal” era is not yet a time for a normal life as many of them have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in the decrease in their sales. They lost many buyers and face difficulty in purchasing raw materials and paying loans, resulting in zero income.
Analysts and research companies estimate that Indonesia is on the verge of recession due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Indonesian economy is estimated to experience a recession of up to 5 percent in the second quarter, as projected by Morgan Stanley.
The Central Bureau or Statistics (BPS) reported that the number of poor people increased by 1.63 million. Now, the number of poor people in Indonesia reaches 26.42 million people spread across 34 provinces. The percentage of poor people in urban areas in March 2020 was 7.38% and the percentage of poor people in rural areas was 12.82%.
The downturn in the Indonesian economy can lead people to poverty. However, there are still ways to improve the people’s economy. A widespread spirit of generosity can be a joint solution to rise up from this economic downturn. A movement of generosity will slowly build the nation's optimism in times of pandemics and economic recessions. Such movement is being initiated by Aksi Cepat Tanggap.
“We believe that widespread spirit of generosity will lead to the economic recovery and will build this nation’s optimism. Together we must quickly work to make things better in these difficult times. ACT does not want to be alone in providing assistance. We also want to facilitate the community in providing assistance through a massive philanthropic movement, namely Gerakan Nasional Lumbung Sedekah Pangan (National Movement for Food Alms Gathering), "said ACT President Ibnu Khajar during the declaration of the movement, Thursday (8/6).
Gerakan Nasional Lumbung Sedekah Pangan is a philanthropic movement that involves the community, for the community. All elements of society are invited to provide alms to underprivileged people in the new normal era.
ACT Executive Vice President Insan Nurrochman explained that assistance both in the form of cash and non-cash donations will be accepted. ACT is preparing a National Post for Food Alms Gathering in Gunung Sindur, Bogor, and ACT branch offices throughout Indonesia. The food alms collected will be immediately distributed to the impoverished communities and micro-business owners affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Individuals, communities, even mosques and corporations can spearhead the Food Alms Gathering. The community can set up a Food Alms Gathering Point at their respective homes, nearby mosques, offices, etc. to collect the food alms. The Food Alms Volunteers will act as distribution coordinators who will distribute the assistance directly to the beneficiaries at the provincial and local levels. The beneficiaries can also take the food aid directly from the Food Alms Gathering Ponts managed by individuals and communities.
"There needs to be a massive movement to improve the situation. Such acts of kindness must be done together. Through the Gerakan Nasional Lumbung Sedekah Pangan, we hope that all elements of society are involved in providing the best food alms," hoped Insan.