Yudha Baskoro, Jakarta – Ramadan is not all about abstaining oneself from eating and drinking. It is a time to reflect on one's spirituality and prayers. The sacred month also embraces a charitable spirit for those in need.
On Monday, residents of Cempaka Putih Tengah, Central Jakarta, opened up a sidewalk stall to offer iftar – fast-breaking meals eaten after sunset – for the less fortunate families. The charitable act had already started last year. Residents were concerned of the homeless people who struggled even more amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since Ramadan kicked off last week, the residents have distributed up to hundreds of free snacks or meals to the poor families living around the neighborhood.
Hours before sunset, people would stand in line on the sidewalk since afternoon. They would mark their queue spot with their flip-flops. Some would even ask their relatives or children to place their flip-flops on the sidewalk as early as 2 p.m. – three hours before the event begins.
The iftar-sharing follows strict health protocols to avoid virus transmission. Any attendees – including children – must wear masks and maintain a safe distance. The committee also prioritizes children, pregnant women, and the elderly to be the first ones to take their meals.