ACTNews, PADANG - Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and volunteers from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia West Sumatra once again distributed 1 ton of rice to underprivileged students through the Rice for Indonesian Santri (BERISI) program last Monday (25/11). This time, the rice reached Kunzul Ulum Islamic Boarding School, Padang City.
The facilities in Kunzul Ulum Islamic Boarding School are far from adequate. The building they occupy is a granted building that they can use for an unlimited time. For this reason, this boarding house meets the criteria of the BERISI program beneficiaries.
"Alhamdulillah, on the National Teachers' Day, we distributed rice to Kanzul Ulum Islamic Boarding School. This Islamic boarding school educates poor students. We also choose this boarding school to be a beneficiary of the BERISI program because the boarding school uses buildings that are given to them to be used for an unlimited time,” said Zeng Welf as ACT West Sumatera Branch Manager.
Aan also explained that the BERISI program will greatly help Islamic boarding schools with inadequate facilities and limited food supplies. It is hoped that the BERISI program can be done regularly so that more Islamic boarding schools can be helped to meet their food needs.
One of the ACT-MRI teams in West Sumatra packing a ton of rice. (ACTNews)
"We would like to express our gratitude to thousands of benefactors who have given their best assistance through the BERISI program, so that they can benefit the Indonesian santris especially in West Sumatra," said Zeng.
Subhan, the Head of Kunzul Ulum Islamic Boarding School, was very grateful to ACT for helping the pesantren. According to Subhan, the students' food needs were fulfilled amid the large number of students.
“We have 250 students, consisting of 150 male and 100 female students, and 26 school administrators. This boarding school is still in dire need for the construction of houses for the santris because the capacity of the buildings is limited. At the moment, the female students live in three separate buildings. The buildings that we use is a gift that we can use without knowing for how long," Subhan said.