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[UPDATED] Anti-COVID-19 initiatives: Helping Indonesia fight the outbreak

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, March 20, 2020  /  12:25 pm
[UPDATED] Anti-COVID-19 initiatives: Helping Indonesia fight the outbreak

Indonesians are launching a variety of online and offline campaigns to help those in need during the COVID-19 epidemic. (Shutterstock/File)

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:

The Jakarta Post Foundation

The Jakarta Post, through its philanthropic arm The Jakarta Post Foundation, is collaborating with the Pertamina Foundation and Tjitra & Associates to raise funds to support those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The first batch of donations was given on April 29 to the families of gravediggers who work at several public cemeteries in Jakarta that have been designated as burial sites for COVID-19 victims.

Dozens of gravediggers at the Tegal Alur public cemetery in West Jakarta and Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta also received packages of food and protective health gear.

Tjitra & Associates managing director Hora Tjitra said donations would also be collected through a series of webinars that would be held for corporate clients over the next three months.

“Through these webinars, which focus on how companies and staffers can adapt to the post-COVID-19 environment, we encourage companies to take part in the initiative, as all the money raised will go to support COVID-19 relief efforts,” Hora said.

Donations can be dropped off at The Jakarta Post building, Jl. Palmerah Barat No 142-143, Central Jakarta, or transferred to Yayasan Bina Media Wacana's account at BCA Gajah Mada, A/C No. 012 301774 6.

Graisena aid for affected families

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 platforms, and

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 and celebrity family Raffi Ahmad, Nagita Slavina and Rafathar.

Activist Gugun Muhammad of the Urban Poor Consortium is raising funds for families within the Jakarta Urban Poor Network. The funds will be used to purchase staple goods for 800 families.

Rock band Slank is also using its influence to encourage others to donate to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially "street stall merchants across Greater Jakarta whose incomes had decreased significantly". 

Anton Tanjung, a doctor, launched an initiative focusing on donating necessary equipment to medical workers and hospitals that are treating COVID-19 patients.

Several prominent Indonesian musicians and artists have also launched an initiative titled "Solidaritas Tanpa Batas" (Solidarity without Limit), which will present various online live broadcasts such as online fundraising, talk shows, live performances, Q&As and testimonial sharing. The public is invited to donate through crowdfunding platform and all the proceeds will be used to purchase protective gear for medical workers and food for them as well as residents affected by the epidemic.

Read also: Indonesian celebrities raise money to fight coronavirus

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.

Airlangga University's School of Medicine

The alumni of Airlangga University's School of Medicine in Surabaya are raising funds for medical staff at hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.

Those who wish to contribute can transfer funds to:

- BCA account number 0440 816 622 on behalf of Inggrid Ayusari Asali.

- Mandiri account number 900 001 775 5035 on behalf of Zahra Safithry Irawan.  

Goods for donation can be sent to Jl. Manyar Tirtoasri X/33, Surabaya, by contacting Zahra at 082165455145.


Businessman-turned-politician Sandiaga Uno is offering help to patients under surveillance or those who tested positive for COVID-19 who are  the breadwinners in their families. Sandiaga said the One District One Entrepreneurship (OK OCE) program, along with the Glek coffee shop and the Yadas Foundation, would meet the families' basic needs until the patients are declared healthy. He added that the patients' data would remain confidential. Those who want to sign up can contact 081317666606.

Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace

The Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace (ICRP) is raising funds to buy face masks, disinfectant, hand sanitizers and staple needs for low-wage workers.

Those interested in donating to the ICRP’s efforts can transfer funds directly to BCA, account number 206 663 7899 under Konperensi Indonesia untuk Agama. For more information, contact Artika at 082258020816 or Kristono at 0818855506. 

Chevening Alumni Association Indonesia (CAAI)

The Chevening Alumni Association Indonesia (CAAI) is raising funds to provide protective gear (APD) for medical personnel in the eastern part of Indonesia, including Papua. Make your donations here. (gis/kes)


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