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Anti-COVID-19 initiatives: Helping Indonesia fight the outbreak

Individuals, community organizations and private companies are coming up with initiatives of their own as Indonesia faces an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, contributing what they can to help the country and its people to tackle the outbreak. 


Here are some of these campaigns that you can support:


Graisena aid for affected families:

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The Indonesia Disaster Awareness Movement Foundation (Graisena) is running a fund-raising campaign via Instagram to provide aid to families whose breadwinners have been hospitalized.


The families it helps include those with members who have tested positive for the virus and those with members in self-isolation or under surveillance, said Graisena head Agung Firmansyah, according to a reported on Tuesday.


Families can request aid from the foundation by contacting  082278134234 and providing a letter from the hospital confirming COVID-19 infection.


After verifying the information, Graisena distributes aid to each family with an affected breadwinner (as identified on the family registry) at Rp 20,000 (US$1.26) per day per person for a maximum duration of 45 days. crowdfunding campaigns


Several public figures have started crowdfunding campaigns on the Indonesian platform,


Twitter personality Adib Hidayat and others are raising funds to buy face masks, hand sanitizers, hand soap, hand wipes and other hygiene products for medical staff at hospitals treating patients with COVID-19.


Twitter celebrity Arief Muhammad announced on his account @poconggg that he is running a crowdfunding campaign to help the poor and the disadvantaged during the outbreak. 


The funds will be used to provide basic needs and to pay for medical checkups for the urban poor, including ojol (ride-hailing drivers), sanitation workers at the Public Facilities and Maintenance Agency (PPSU), mobile coffee sellers, transportation workers, and other low-income or subsistence workers that must venture out to earn a living.


Crowdfunding campaigns for low-income and subsistence workers have also been launched by the duo of comedian-actor Ernest Prakasa and entrepreneur Haidar Bagir, as well as social media influencer Rachel Venya


House of Humanitarian Solidarity of Jakarta


The House of Humanitarian Solidarity of Jakarta, an NGO led by former Jesuit priest and activist Sandyawan Sumardi, has launched an initiative to help disadvantaged communities in the capital during the COVID-19 crisis.


The NGO’s volunteers are producing handmade face masks, as well as hand sanitizers made from alcohol, purified water and essential oils of betel leaf and lemon basil, for distributing to disadvantaged communities in Jakarta along with informational flyers about the virus.


The organization is distributing the aid packages through March 23.


Those looking to contribute can drop off donations of food and water at the NGO’s secretariat on Jl. Matraman Raya No. 19C in East Jakarta, or transfer funds directly to Sandyawan Sumardi’s account at BCA Matraman I, A/C No. 342 031 5251.


Shopee aims for 1 million masks


Shopee recently donated Rp 1 billion to the Indonesian Red Cross via the Benik Baik Foundation to help tackle the outbreak in Indonesia. 


The multinational e-commerce platform has also launched the “One Million Masks Campaign”.


The company has opened a special page, #BelanjaDariRumah (shop from home) so shoppers can make purchases without leaving home. Scroll down past the current COVID-19 tallies and news at the top of the page for free delivery vouchers and selected categories of daily needs such as rice, sugar and cooking oil, as well as personal health and hygiene products like soap and multivitamins. (gis/kes)


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