ACTNews, PALEMBANG – In the moment of the last 10 days of Ramadan, on Thursday (5/6/2021), Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) South Sumatera sailed to meet underprivileged people on the bank of Musi River. In the middle of the pandemic which has been going on for more than a year, they are not spared from the severity of the impact. The economy and their activities have become limited so that the areas which mostly are occupied by the farmers and casual labor need to be helped.
The Ramadan Ship brought hundreds of staple food packages including rice, cooking oil, flour, and sugar. The beneficiaries were the residents of Salah Nama Island, Mariana, and Banyuasin. Apart from food aid, 160 Quran copies were distributed to students around the Pulo Kerto district, Gandus.
“Last year we were hampered by the pandemic and the activity restrictions. Therefore, we couldn’t sail the Ramadan Ship. However, this year, entering the new normal era, we can visit the residents on the bank of Musi River to bring assistance from the benefactors while complying with the health protocol,” explained Aris from ACT South Sumatera Program Team.
On the bank of Musi River, there are a lot of residents who are mostly economically underprivileged. Moreover, the limited public facilities have isolated them from advancement. Their location is far from the town which hampers their economic development.
This has led ACT to initiate the Ramadan Ship in 2017. Several islands such as Salah Nama, Borang, Sungai Pedado, Ibul Besar II, and Pulo Kerti have been reached by the aid-carrying ship. This year, Aris added, the contributions from 21 communities add to the almsgiving given by public donors.
“Through the Ramadan Ship, we hope to contribute to assisting the people on the bank of Musi River. As we know, during the pandemic they are significantly affected. Hopefully, this endeavor will always exist and be our best good deed for all of us,” said Usamah from Give Society Community.