Four months on, DiGi revisits Yogyakarta
Bringing the spirit of Ramadhan to quake-torn settlements
KUALA LUMPUR , 6 October 2006 - On May 27, 2006 an earthquake measuring 5.9 Richter-Scale shook Yogyakarta and its surrounding area, leaving nearly 5, 000 dead and 40,000 injured (Source: UN). Many answered the call for aid as rescuers arrived from all corners of the world.
Then, DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (“DiGi”) participated in relief efforts led by the government as well as contributed RM 250,000 worth of talk-time to local Indonesian subscribers to help them stay connected with loved ones back in their home country.
Four months on, DiGi is revisiting Yogyakarta to see for itself the recovery process in the stricken area while making its own humble contribution to the people of Yogyakarta.
Today, about 1,500 residents in Desa Sri Hardono, one of the badly affected areas, were treated to a special breaking of fast spread as well as a night filled with lively entertainment from local Nasyid and Qasidah groups.
Earlier in the day, a special team from DiGi visited Dusun Bedukan, a village under Desa Pleret which had not received much aid since the earthquake. Here, DiGi contributed toiletries to meet the material needs of approximately 700 residents.
Yohani Yusof, DiGi’s Head of Segment Marketing explained the visit to Yogyakarta was part of DiGi's commitment to charitable causes as a responsible corporate citizen.
“We, like so many people around the world, are concerned for the people of Yogyakarta. But we aren't just satisfied with donating money or goods, we wanted to do something different and really meaningful. This is why we decided to visit these villages in Yogyakarta, meet with the people there and contribute, not just material goods, but also good cheer and warm fellowship,” she said.
“And what better time to do this than during this Ramadhan season?”
DiGi worked alongside ACT (Aksi Cepat Tanggap), a local Indonesian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that has been actively conducting relief work in Yogyakarta since May, to tap into the NGO's knowledge and presence in the area. They have also helped to identify the best way to contribute and bring relief to the affected people.
“Because of ACT's continuing involvement in the area, it makes sense to work alongside them to reach the people of Yogyakarta. They know the geographical landscape, and more so, the people. Working with ACT means we will be able to reach the people more effectively and attend to their needs better,” Yohani concluded.
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