New Houses for Survivors of Flooding in South Kalimantan Begin Construction Before Ramadan

As Ramadan comes, flood survivors are trying to recover after the disaster in South Kalimantan. To alleviate their grief, ACT has started building Family Shelters to accommodate them in the upcoming Ramadan.

Groundbreaking ceremony of the Family Shelter in Hulu Sungai Tengah. (ACTNews)

ACTNews HULU SUNGAI TENGAH – Floods that hit South Kalimantan still leaves grief for the affected people. Now, their lives are not fully back to normal. Survivors are entering a period of post-disaster recovery. Currently, they are trying to the damaged or lost properties are trying to be replenished despite the limited economic condition. The pandemic also hit survivors hard.

Among the areas of South Kalimantan that were severely affected by flooding was Hulu  Sungai Tengah Regency.  Floods drowned residential areas and damaged houses. The residents were forced to flee. Now, housing is one of the survivors’ needs that must to be met. Unfortunately, not all survivors are able to rebuild the house.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) together with Jasa Raharja South Kalimantan inaugurated the construction of Family Shelter in April. Family Shelter was built in three locations in  Hulu Sungai Tengah, namely Bulayak, Baru and Haliau Villages. For Haliau Village, ACT collaborated with DPP and DPW East Java Plus the BPRS Compartment of the Indonesian Sharia Bank Association.

“The construction of Family shelter is a follow-up to the fundraising carried out by Jasa Raharja,” said Head of Jasa Raharja South Kalimantan, Eva Yuliasta, after laying the groundwork for the construction of Family Shelter in Haliau Village, Thursday (4/1/2021).

Apart from being attended by ACT Team and Jasa Raharja South Kalimantan, the ceremony of the commencement of the construction was also attended by Family Welfare Empowerment  Hulu Sungai Tengah Regency team. The head of Family Welfare Empowerment Hulu Sungai Tengah team Cheri Bayuni Budjang Aulia Oktafiandi welcomed Family Shelter. She hoped that the construction of Family  Shelter could raise enthusiasm for the recovery of survivors.

“Hopefully the construction of this Family Shelter will be a blessing for all of us,” said Cheri.

Family Shelter was a manifestation of community generosity that channeled through ACT. Previously, similar buildings had been built in the earthquake-affected areas in Lombok, Central Sulawesi and Mamuju. These Family Shelters can be a hope for the survivors to recover their condition immediately after the disaster.

ACT South Kalimantan Branch Manager Zainal Arifin said that in Hulu Sungai Tengah Regency, the construction of Family Shelter was also carried out to welcome Ramadan. This year is the second Ramadan in the midst of the pandemic. For people in South Kalimantan, this is the first Ramadan after the disaster. For this reason, we need to alleviate the grief of survivors so that they can maximally perform their worship.

“ ACT invites the community to take part in this act of kindness. Disaster survivors still need our helping hand, especially as Ramadan is approaching. Don’t let any survivors feel grief while fasting.[]