MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Muhammadiyah endeavors to cope with economic issues in community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people’s economy. Many of them lose their job, and their income decreases. Their purchasing power declines, and economy grows slowly.
Top help the people, this movement made short-term, medium-term and long-term programs.
For the short-term programs, Muhammadiyah conducted philanthropic actions as creating food darns, distributing groceries, and giving donations of money. Meanwhile, for the medium-term program, the movement coined a household food security program, known as GETAPAK.
Manager of the GETAPAK Bachtiar Dwi Kurniawan stated the program fuse all Muhammadiyah strengths.
“In this program, we all learn how the Muhammadiyah councils and bodies can collaborate,” he said.
For example, he told his experiences when cooperating with ‘Aisyiyah women.
“‘Aisyiyah women were very enthusiastic. They’re 65 as if they were 25. They motivated us because they’re very energetic,” he told on Tuesday (25/5) at the GETAPAK Workshop in the COVID-19 Pamdemic.
Furthermore, Bachtiar explained that the GETAPAK was a philanthropic action and provided stimuli, supervision, and technical assessment so that the program was not only empowerment but also charity.
He informed that there’re 4,500 beneficiaries who’re mostly high school graduates and whose income was under two million rupiahs.
Besides, the beneficiaries were people from different religions such as Hindu, Catholic, and and Protestant so that this GETAPAK is a program of rahmatan lil ‘alamin (a mercy for the whole world).
Thus, Muhammadiyah exists to serve and empower people across faith.
He wished the GETAPAK would be valuable.
Indeed, the program is Muhammadiyah’s effort to improve people’s welfare during this pandemic.