ACTNews, JAKARTA - As a commitment to support Palestinians to survive and fight for their independence, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has launched yet another innovative program for the people of Palestine. The Indonesia-Palestine Sister Family Program was initiated not only as an effort to continue to provide the best assistance, but also to bring together generous people in Indonesia and those who need help in Palestine.
"The Sister Family Program serves as an answer to social problems in Palestine by also strengthening the sense of brotherhood between those who are wealthy and generous, namely Indonesian donors, with those in need, namely beneficiaries in Palestine," said Said Mukaffiy from the Global Humanity Response - ACT, Tuesday (01/26/2021). Said added strengthening the bond between the two nations is the basis of this program. It also aims to solve the problems of poverty among Palestinians with ACT as the intermediary.
Through the Sister Family program, Indonesians can commit to providing assistance every month for Palestinians so that they can meet their basic needs i.e. food, clothing, sanitation needs, school kits, and house rent.
“The main beneficiaries of this program are orphans, families with sick family members, debt-ridden families, refugees, honorary teachers, families without income, preachers and imams, poor widows, and families who have lost their patriarchs or whose patriarchs have a disabilities, "added Said.
Through this program, Indonesia has the opportunity to contribute to the welfare of the Palestinian people and restore the rights of the people that have been wrongfully taken by the Zionists. In addition, this program highlights Indonesia's role in supporting Palestine and in becoming the answer to global poverty problems.
2.45 million Palestinians need humanitarian assistance
As estimated by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), approximately 2.45 million Palestinians will need humanitarian assistance by 2021. The number of people experiencing a severe need crisis has increased to 346,000. About 1.57 million people who need assistance live in the Gaza Strip area and as many as 880,000 people live in the West Bank.
One of the families affected by severe poverty is the Mervat Alhawy family who live in Deir Al-Balah, Gaza Strip. When ACT's partners in Gaza visited his residence in October 2020, Mervat and her children appeared to be living in a house that only consists of one room. To protect from cold, Mervat and his children only have two blankets that they shared.
“By Allah, I am ashamed to ask for help, but I want to make changes for my family. We hope that there are good people who can help rebuild our house,” said Mervat
Marvat's family was one of the families in Palestine who live in poverty in the midst of an endless humanitarian crisis.