The Jakarta Post
Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) chairman Said Aqil Siradj signed on Wednesday an agreement to build sanitation facilities in West Java.
The program aims to build clean water and bathing-washing-toilet centers in five spots in Cirebon, Indramayu and Karawang.
“I am delighted to join cleric Said Aqil and the children today in this breaking-of-the-fast event,” Xiao Qian said during the signing, which was followed by an iftar (breaking-of-the-fast meal) event attended by 300 orphans at Luhur Al Tsaqafah Islamic boarding school in Ciganjur, South Jakarta.
Previously, Xiao Qian said the embassy and the NU had built a sanitation facility in Serang, Banten. The facility includes of a bathroom, toilet and water connection.
Xiao Qian said the iftar event was the third of its kind jointly organized by the embassy and the NU.
“When I was a kid, my parents’ house stood beside a mosque, hence I’m pretty familiar with Ramadhan and Idul Fitri. Meeting you all here takes me back to my childhood,” he added.
Xiao Qian then handed out gifts to the children.
Said, meanwhile, said the NU looked forward to more partnerships with the Chinese Embassy in other sectors, especially education.
“This year, at least 13 lecturers from Nahdlatul Ulama University [UNU] have received scholarship from the Chinese Embassy and are preparing to study in China,” explained Said.