Global Zakat - ACT Brings Happiness to An-Nahl Students in Bintan
ACTNews, BINTAN – The education in Bintan Regency Island, an Indonesian region located near Malaysia and Singapore borders, still have not received enough needed support. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm of the students in the area doesn’t dampen. Amidst the lack of education facilities and teachers, as well as difficult access to the school, the students in An-Nahl Integrated Islamic Elementary School is still enthusiastic so study.
Responding to this situation, Global Zakat – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Riau Islands, through the Outer Islands program, handed over aid packages to Al-Nahl students. The aid packages consisted of foodstuffs that were distributed to the students’ parents who live in Teluk Lobam Village, Seri Kuala Lobam Sub-District, Bintan.
Intan Komalasari of Global Zakat – ACT Riau Islands said that the aid distribution is a form of assistance for the students of the school whose construction was also supported through the Outer Islands program in 2015. “Thirty food aid packages were distributed, supported by the zakat funds administered by ACT,” she explained, Tuesday (3/26).
Apart from the foodstuff packages, Global Zakat – ACT also handed over financial aid to 10 students to support their education and to fulfill their basic needs.
Setioso, First Assistant of Bintan Regency Government who attended the handover ceremony expressed his surprise for this aid distribution. He admired ACT’s involvement in alleviating poverty and humanitarian problems in Bintan. “On behalf of the Bintan Regency, I thank you. It is a surprise for us for your involvement in supporting education in Bintan,” he said.
Currently, there’s no running electricity in An-Nahl Islamic Elementary School except the electricity from the electrical generator donated by Global Zakat – ACT. The road to the school nothing but dirt road that gets muddy when it rains. Additionally, the teachers and students still have to buy clean water to fulfill the needs of the school. For administrational needs and also for teaching and learning, the school has only one functioning laptop.