ACTNews, LEBAK – Another collaboration between Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Mercy Relief Singapore took place on Friday (1/31) in the form of hygiene and sanitation kit distribution for flash flood survivors in Haur Gajrug Village, Cipanas Sub-district, Lebak Regency.
According to Hidayatun Nisak from the Global Philanthropy Network (GPN) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), it was the third collaboration with Mercy Relief Singapore. "Alhamdulillah, we can collaborate with Mercy Relief Singapore. This is the third time. The first time was the establishment of a Public Kitchen for flood survivors in Bogor Regency. The second was the distribution of clean water for flood survivors in Bidara Cina, Jakarta. The current program is the third collaboration. Insha Allah, we will work together in more upcoming programs," said Nisak.
Nisak added that, at the moment, the flood survivors still needed help from the benefactors. They have been living in the evacuation site for more than a month in poor conditions, making them, especially the toddlers and the elderly, prone to diseases.
The condition of the evacuees at Haur Gajrug Village, Cipanas Sub-District, Lebak Regency. (ACTNews / Muhajir Arif Rahmani)
Harun (65) and his wife Julaiha (50), two of the flash flood victims, expressed their sadness for losing their house. Their house was washed away by the waves of flash floods that also carried away their wealth and belongings, leaving nothing but the clothes on their backs.
“Alhamdulillah, we have continuously received aid for a month from ACT and its donors. We hope to rebuild our house back to the way it was before," hoped Julaiha, who lives in Sepang Hamlet, Pajagan Village, Sajira Sub-District, Lebak Regency.
Khairul Massuan, Mercy Relief Singapore’s Senior Manager International Programme, who was during the aid distribution, appreciated ACT and its volunteers who worked in totality and professionalism.
"I want to thank ACT staff and volunteers for this collaboration. The dedication of the volunteers in the field and the staff, and their concern for the victims of the Jakarta flood is clearly seen. Hopefully, we can continue to work together and embrace each other in future humanitarian projects," Khairul said. He was determined that this collaboration would continue in the future, especially in post-disaster recovery programs.
Mercy Relief is one of ACT's international partners, an independent disaster relief agency based in Singapore. The agency focuses on long-term sustainable programs in five key areas: water and sanitation, shelter, sustainable livelihoods, healthcare and education.