Moni: Teachers’ Allowance, an Unexpected Fortune in the Month of Ramadan

Many teachers in Maluku have been affected financially by COVID-19. In addition to low salaries, they have to teach students who may not have the facilities to attend online classes. Global Zakat - ACT Maluku endeavors to support the teachers by providing them allowance.

One of the teachers in Maluku who received allowance from from Global Zakat - ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, AMBON – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the month of Ramadan, Global Zakat - ACT Maluku continues to reach impoverished teachers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Sahabat Guru Indonesia program, a total of 20 honorary teachers in Ambon received financial air, Thursday (4/30).

The beneficiaries are teachers who devote themselves to the Al-Madinah Foundation and Al Hikmah Kindergarten, Ambon City. Sahut Moni, an Islamic teacher in Al-Madinah was one of them. She receives IDR 300,000 a month. Sometimes, she receives her salaries every three to six months. Yet, she is still grateful because she teaches her students sincerely.

This year’s Ramadan is something totally different for Moni. The COVID-19 outbreak has brought massive changes, including for teachers. They can’t work side jobs to make ends meet because people are advised to stay home. Fortunately, the teachers’ allowance from Sahabat Guru Indonesia can sustain her and her family for the next few days.

"The living allowance is very helpful. It is an unexpected fortune in the month of Ramadan," she said, Thursday (4/30).

Besides Moni, there were 19 other teachers who were happy for the teachers’ allowance. Global Zakat – ACT Maluku Branch Manager Wahab Loilatu said, the teachers’ allowance was provided to support the daily needs of poor teachers as they are also affected financially by COVID-19 outbreak. "Many teachers have to teach from home. They have to spend more money for the internet while their salaries remain small," Wahab said.

ACT continues to distribute financial assistance to teachers in various regions, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching teachers in 596 schools in 30 provinces. This number will continue to grow as the implementation continues. []