ACTNews, WEST BANDUNG – The Humanity Water Truck took part in the launching of the Humanity Rice Truck from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) last Thursday (11/21). Some of the local residents were bringing their gallons, jerry cans and buckets to collect water from the truck. Uta, one of the locals, was busy taking the water from a hose attached to the truck.
"One gallon of water costs IDR 4,000. Actually. It’s used for drinking. Sometimes when it's completely dry, we also use the water for showering. A family with many family members can spend up to 3-4 gallons a day," said Uta, a resident of Gunungsangar Hamlet, Sindang Kerta Village, Cililin Subdistrict, West Bandung Regency.
For six months, the locals have been suffering from drought. With many of them working as farmers, the drought has left many farmlands in the village uncultivated. Many have chosen to become casual laborers like Uta.
Each resident received 5 liters of rice from the Rice Truck. (ACTNews / Muhajir Arif Rahmani)
"I'm an odd jobber. Sometimes I work in a stone quarry. Sometimes I work as a grass cutter. Sometimes I work for others as a shepherd just to keep me working. My daily income can reach IDR 40,000 a day," explained Uta.
Many of the locals who previously worked as farmers now work in a stone quarry located near the entrance of Gunungsangar Hamlet. The stone that they mine can be used for building materials.
"Most of them do work in the quarry even though it’s a difficult job, Alhamdulillah. The income is uncertain, depending on how many people mine for one truck. For example, if we can gather a truckload full of stone, we will receive IDR 400,000 that we divide among up to 5-7 people, "said Uta.
In the midst of the difficulties faced by the residents, Uta and other residents felt very grateful for ACT’s aid. Around 1,000 residents who attended the launching of the Humanity Rice Truck also received free meal packages from the Humanity Food Truck, medical services from the Pre-Hospital Ambulance, and free clean water from the Humanity Water Truck.
"With ACT coming here bringing medicines, water, food, and rice, Alhamdulillah, my brothers and I here are greatly assisted. We pray that the generous beneficiaries will be given more sustenance and will always be healthy so they can help us here, "Uta said.