Humanity Rice Truck Visits Disaster-Hit Communities

The flood that hit several areas in Bogor Regency in early 2020 has left sorrow and sadness. Some of the locals are still staying in evacuation sites and in need of food supplies.

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Residents of Sukaraksa Village of Bogor Regency taking rice from the Humanity Rice Truck, Wednesday (1/15). The rice distribution was part of the Friends of Indonesian Poor Families (SKPI) program that will be launched in late January 2020. (ACTNews/Eko Ramdani)

ACTNews, BOGOR REGENCY – Following the landslide that hit Bogor Regency, especially in Sukajaya and Cigudeg Subdistricts that were severely affected, many of the local populations are still displaced. Hundreds of people from Sukajaya Subdistrict evacuated to Cigudeg Subdistrict. They survived because some villages in Sukajaya Subdistrict were still difficult to reach.

One of them was Uwar. He was a Sukaraksa Villager whose house was affected by the overflow of the Cidurian river. He now seeks shelter in the neighboring village of Kampung Kebon Kelapa. There, he stayed in his child’s house. "The river is not overflowing anymore, but I'm still afraid," he said, Wednesday (1/15).

ACT came to Sukaraksa Village of Cigudeg Subdistrict on Wednesday bringing the Humanity Rice Truck filled by the rice from the Waqf-Based Rice Barn (LBW). The evacuees and the poor received five kilograms of rice each.

Ardi, Coordinator of ACT Post for Bogor Landslide in Cigudeg said that there were still so many evacuees from other villages in Sukarasa Village. This village remains one of the safe areas that are close to the isolated Sukajaya Subdistrict despite the massive landslide that happened.  "There are still hundreds of residents from outside Sukarasa who have sought safety here, " Ardi explained.

The arrival of ACT's Humanity Rice Truck in Sukaraksa Village was the implementation of the Sahabat Keluarga Prasejahtera Indonesia (Friends of Indonesian Poor Families/SKPI) program. The locals warmly welcomed the arrival of the truck. Using the rice dispensers on the sides of the truck, 1,800 rice packages, each weighed 5 kilograms, were distributed.

Cigudeg Sub-District Secretary Tirta Juwarta appreciated the SKPI program, especially because it benefitted not only the poor but also the disaster-hit residents. "On behalf of the local government, we highly appreciate this program," he said, Wednesday (1/15).

The SKPI Program will be officially launched at the end of January 2020. Through this program, rice packages will be distributed using the Rice Truck. Danu Putra Anugrah from ACT program team explained that the rice distributed to the community was obtained from Global Wakaf – ACT’s Waqf-Based Rice Barn. "The SKPI program will eradicate food inequality in the community, especially among those living in poverty," he explained. []