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Jakarta Post

‘Never give up’: Volunteering stories during COVID-19

  • Sebastian Partogi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 2 2020   /  02:45 am

If you feel you are about to throw your hands up amid the dark times of the COVID-19 pandemic, this article might make you want to hang on to life, because at the same time globally, including in Indonesia, there are various charity and volunteering activities seeking to alleviate the suffering of people all around. You can find new meaning in life by supporting these movements or starting your own initiative.One of these initiatives is organized by Resa Boenard, the cofounder of Seeds of Bantar Gebang (BGBJ), a non-profit organization seeking to help scavengers in the landfill area of Bantar Gebang in Bekasi, West Java.“So many recycling companies have ceased operations, so the scavengers have lost their jobs reselling waste to these companies. The value of plastic waste has also declined steeply, from Rp 2,000 [14 US cents] per kilogram to just Rp 400 per kg since COVID-19 began to s...