The Jakarta Post
The Hati Suci Foundation, founded in 1914 by Chinese-Indonesian Auw Tjoei Lian, held for the 18th time a Ramadhan bazaar to sell thousands of inexpensive food packages to the poor living around the foundation, which is located in Tanah Abang in Central Jakarta.
Foundation chairwoman Fransisca Setiati said there were around 2,000 food packages comprising rice, oil and sugar that would be sold for only Rp 40,000 (US$2.80). In addition to the food, the foundation also sold clothes and other needs for the Idul Fitri festive day at low prices.
“We will then use the money for the education of children at the Hati Suci Orphanage,” Fransisca said, as quoted by tribunnews.com. She added that the foundation had managed to get more than 30,000 children to school by organizing the annual event for 17 years.
“We hope that we can get more than Rp 250 million for the education of more children.”
The foundation collaborates with some other foundations, like Sayap Ibu and Heliconia foundations, and a number of companies, like consumer goods firm PT Unilever Indonesia, to organize the event.
Subsidized markets selling primary needs including nine staple ingredients are popular all over Indonesia during Ramadhan, the month where charity is encouraged. (vny/evi)