In 2020, Our Zakat Lightens their Burdens

The large Muslim population in Indonesia has a large potential for zakat. The zakat funds that the community has donated is able to help the needy in the midst of the difficult economic conditions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Children on Tunda Island, Serang Regency welcomed the arrival of the Global Zakat – ACT team who came to deliver school kits for them. The school kits are funded by the zakat funds used to support education in disadvantaged areas. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – In early 2020, Global Zakat-ACT’s humanitarian vehicle, the Humanity Food Truck, was serving the victims of flooding and landslide in Bogor and Lebak Regencies. Thousands of meal packages were distributed to the residents, volunteers and officers who were assisting the disaster victims.

Throughout 2020, the Humanity Food Truck has served not only disaster victims, but also refugees who were stranded in Indonesia. When Rohingya refugees landed on the coast of Lhokseumawe, the Humanity Food Truck also distributed meal packages to them. The truck also visited the flash flood victims in Masamba, North Luwu Regency, to also distribute meal packages. In total, until mid-December, Humanity Food Truck has distributed meal packages to more than 112,000 people in 8 provinces.

"In doing its work, Humanity Food Truck involves over 1,200 volunteers in 2020. The meal distribution reaches not only disaster victims but also impoverished families who have also been affected by the pandemic,” said Ryan Andriana, Coordinator of Humanity Food Truck, Saturday (12/19).

The Humanity Food Truck is a manifestation of the community’s generosity that is supported by the zakat funds. Another food service that is supported by zakat funds is the Humanity Food Van whose duty is to distribute meal packages produced in Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s. Global Zakat – ACT’s meal distribution program also involves small restaurants in various regions of Indonesia through the Free Meal Operation. This program has benefitted nearly 480,000 beneficiaries so far.

Muhammad Rifqi (12), a boy from Bireuen, Aceh, underwent a heart surgery in Jakarta last September. The zakat funds managed by Global Zakat – ACT also supported Rifqi’s surgery. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)

Supporting life and welfare

The zakat funds that Global Zakat-ACT collected in 2020 are used also to support medical and education assistance, manifested through program such as Bengkel Gizi Terpadu (BEGITU), Mobile Social Rescue, and Sahabat Guru Indonesia which has benefitted over 5,000 teachers in Indonesia.

The beneficiaries of these programs are spread all over the country, thanks to the collaboration with local Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) volunteers.

"For the Mobile Social Rescue program, in 2020, the beneficiaries are spread across various parts of the country. The programs include not only medical ones but also social programs amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” explained Nurjanatun Naim, Coordinator of the Mobile Social Rescue (MSR) Program. Among the manifestations of the MSR program is the house construction for the poor and the elderly.

Now that 2020 is almost over, the society is still dealing with various problems related to poverty. To solve them, the community’s generosity is needed, especially in the midst of the pandemic that hasn’t yet receded. []