Together with ACT, Mercy Relief Singapore Assists Communities in Bogor and Lebak Affected by Pandemic

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Mercy Relief Singapore distributed hundreds of hygiene kits to residents of Bogor City and Lebak Regency in the middle of May. In addition, the team also built a number of cleaning facilities and sprayed disinfectant liquid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in areas that were hit by flood few months ago.

One resident trying the sink just built by ACT and Mercy Relief Singapore. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BOGOR, LEBAK - Together with Mercy Relief Singapore, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed hygiene kits and sprayed disinfectant liquid in Bogor City and Lebak Regency in mid-May. The assistance that is worth IDR 1.7 billion aims to overcome the impact of COVID-19 on Indonesia.

"There are 574 families who benefited from the distribution of the health kits. In addition, we have also distributed cleaning supplies and hygiene kits, including sinks and water tanks. We have also sprayed liquid disinfectant, "said Hidayatun Nisak ​​from Global Philanthropy Network - ACT on Friday (5/29).

Khairul Massuan, Mercy Relief Singapore’s Senior Manager International Program thanked ACT for their cooperation in helping the community. He added, the assistance provided by ACT really reached the needy.

"We are very grateful and satisfied with the collaboration with ACT. They really know the communities who are really needy, and the aid distribution is right on target. They also distributed the assistance with utter sincerity and professionalism,” Khairul added.

The team spraying of liquid disinfectants. (ACTNews)

Mercy Relief Singapore has previously collaborated with ACT in providing assistance to flood-affected residents in early 2020 in Banten and Greater Jakarta areas. They continued their assistance for the flood-hit communities because they are among the communities that are prone to contracting the virus.

"Among those who are at risk of contracting COVID-19 are the victims of the flood in early 2020 because they live in an inadequate condition. They also have not received any assistance of cleaning facilities to maintain their hygiene. This increases their risk of contracting the virus," Khairul said.

Khairul hoped that this cooperation would continue in the future especially during emergency periods, including the current COVID-19 emergency. "We hope to continue to work with ACT in providing humanitarian assistance to help those who need assistance in times of emergency," he added.

Mercy Relief is one of ACT's international partners, an independent disaster relief agency based in Singapore. The agency focuses on long-term sustainable programs in five key areas: water and sanitation, shelter, sustainable livelihoods, healthcare and education. []