ACTNews, BANDA ACEH – After peddling for a half-day, Mustafa, a 70 years old man, parked his junk cart and took a little rest at Baiturrahmah Mosque, Gampong, Keuramat, Kuta Alam District, Banda Aceh. He was resting while waiting for the call of Friday prayer that day (10/29/2021).
Every day, Mustafa peddles his cart from Ceurih Ulee area until Gampong Keuramat to make a living. He usually earns IDR 20 thousand from scavenging and works side jobs as a mower and cleaner for his neighbors’ houses.
“My highest income is around IDR 50 to 100 thousand after doing side jobs such as cleaning up people’s yard once in a while. The least I usually get is only from scavenging where I only get IDR 10 thousand,” said Grandpa Mustafa.
Apart from scavenging, Mustafa works side jobs such as cutting the grass at his neighbors’ yard. (ACTNews/Dimas Aldrian)
However, not long after resting, Mustafa got up and approached Cheap Food Operation which was being held by Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) in the courtyard of Baiturrahmah Mosque. Mustafa’s money was actually not enough to buy a grocery package from Cheap Food Operation that day. However, thanks to a benefactor who gave his sustenance, Mustafa could finally get in line for the cheap package.
“Thank you very much, son. May Allah give you a lot of sustenance. Alhamdulillah, I can bring a grocery package to my wife at home,” said Grandpa Mustafa. Happiness was clearly shown through his face, showing his teeth which have been eroded with age. Mustafa then left to perform the Friday prayer.
Apart from Grandpa Mustafa, there were around 250 people more who received the benefits of Cheap Food Operation. Previously, Cheap FOod Operation has been carried out in Lamnyong, Langsa, and Lhokseumawe. ‘Insha Allah, in the future, we will carry out this program regularly in various locations so that the benefits can be received by more people,” said Rikar from ACT Aceh Program team.
Rikar encourages the community to take part in the program so that it can expand and reach more people. “The Generous Friends can submit their support through bank transfer to Bank Aceh Syariah 01001930009205, BSI 7089 7860 23, or Bank Muamalat 2410036660 all in the name of Aksi Cepat Tanggap. Afterward, please confirm your donation through direct message on official Instagram @act_aceh or WhatsApp chat to 0822-8326-9008. Direct donations can also be delivered to ACT Aceh Branch Office in Jl. Tgk. M. Daud Beureueh No. 46, Gampong Keuramat, Kuta Alam, Banda Aceh,” said Rikar.