ACTNews, JAKARTA – The sympathy for disaster victims in Palu, Sigi and Donggala has been profusely shown from various elements of the society. Such sympathy also came from people of Indonesia’s neighboring country.
Recently, students from Patani, Southern Thailand, who are studying in Indonesia raised funds to help disaster-affected people in Palu, Sigi and Donggala. Through an organization named Patani Student Center (PSC), they raised IDR 31,357,500 in two weeks in early October.
On Monday (10/22), the funds were handed over to Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT). PSC President Faizul stated that his team involved all Patani students throughout Indonesia to help Palu, Sigi and Donggala. The Patani students also enjoined local Indonesian students to take part.
“Alhamdulillah, in two weeks, we managed to gather IDR 31,357,500. We trust this donation to ACT. We have done our own research to decide to which foundation we sill trust this money. We chose ACT; we trust ACT,” Faizul explained.
Apart from handing over the funds, Faizul also hoped to be able to learn and get involved in humanitarian actions and volunteering that ACT performs. He observed that ACT has been growing rapidly each year to spread as much benefit as possible to the people in Indonesia and overseas.
“To be honest, we want to learn from ACT. There are so many things to learn from this big organization. We want to learn about humanitarian actions, disaster mitigation, journalism and volunteerism,” Faizul hoped eagerly.
He also hoped that ACT can help the people of Patani who are being oppressed and persecuted. “There are many widows and orphans in Patani. They are victims of violence that need assistance,” revealed Faizul.
Responding to this hope, Catur Widodo of ACT Partnership stated that he was ready to facilitate and be the intermediary for the PSC members to learn and be involved in ACT’s humanitarian actions.
“Insha Allah, we are ready to facilitate PSC members to join our programs. We will also facilitate PSC members in all Indonesian regions to collaborate with ACT branches throughout Indonesia,” Widodo concluded.