Over 18,000 Santris Have Benefited from BERISI Program

By December 4, 2019, the rice distribution through the BERISI program has reached 100 Islamic boarding schools across Indonesia.

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Handover of rice to a pesantren in Lombok (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA - Until the first week of December 2019, the Rice for Indonesian Santri (BERISI) program has been running for more than one month. Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continues to distribute rice to various pesantrens in various parts of the country. Tens of thousands of students have benefitted from this rice distribution, especially those studying in pesantrens with limited facilities and food supplies.

By December 4, 2019, the BERISI program had reached 18,187 students in 110 pesantrens across 66 cities / regencies in Indonesia. Tens of tons of rice have been distributed. The rice distribution focuses on students with the limited economic conditions.

ACT Program Director Wahyu Novyan said the distribution of BERISI rice will continue. The targets are pesantrens with economic difficulties that are unable to fulfill their students’ need for food. "We still find a number of disadvantaged pesantrens in various regions. They have to find supplies to fulfill their santris’ needs without requiring the students to pay any fee, "Wahyu explained, Wednesday (12/4).

One pesantren that received the rice assistance was the Al-Fatah Islamic Boarding School in Sukabangun Dalam, Delta Pawan Subdistrict, Ketapang Regency. In the pesantren inhabited by 143 santris, ACT gave one metric ton of rice. The students, who mostly come from poor families, are not required to pay any fee.

Amelian Dinisia from the West Kalimantan ACT Program Team said, besides being economically poor, the Islamic boarding school also has inadequate facilities. Every afternoon, the rooms used by the santris to sleep are also used as classrooms. "Hopefully, this rice aid can encourage the students to learn," he said, Tuesday (12/3). []