Muslim Aid commits to Indonesia

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Sabang, Aceh - Muslim Aid's commitment to the people of Indonesia was affirmed by its Head of Overseas Programs, H. Hamid Azad, during his recent visit to Indonesia who said that Muslim Aid would be in Indonesia for the long term.

During the opening ceremony of Muslim Aid Village in Iboih, Sabang district, Aceh last Sunday, Hamid mentioned that the strength and determination shown by the people of Aceh in overcoming the disastrous tsunami looking towards a brighter future, had inspired Muslim Aid to continue to support the people of Aceh. "When we were still crying in London, the people of Aceh were already fighting to rebuild their life and their determination was inspiring", said Hamid.

The arrival of the Muslim Aid delegation from the United Kingdom in Sabang was to attend the hand-over ceremony, which marked the completion of the construction of 92 houses, a 5.75 billion Rupiah project which was implemented by Muslim Aid in the Sukakarya Sub-District. The beneficiaries were so thrilled upon receiving the houses; they decided to name the village, Muslim Aid Village. "We feel touched and honored for the appreciation given by the residents to name their home, Muslim Aid Village. We hope these houses will help them to a better future", said Fadlullah Wilmot, Country Director for Muslim Aid Indonesia.

Mr. Hamid Azad handed the key of Mr. & Mrs. Misran's house to the Mayor of Sabang, Mr. Munawarliza Zein, who passed the key to them as a symbol of the completion of the project. "We hope that these houses will enable the residents to bring up their children as role modles for future generations", said Hamid.

Muslim Aid has been working in Indonesia since 2005 when it came to help the Tsunami victims in Aceh. Since then, Muslim Aid has continued to send its response team to the disasters that hit several places in Indonesia. To assist the high disaster risk areas, Muslim Aid has since, opened offices in Yogyakarta, Padang and Jakarta. "Muslim Aid is committed to work together with the people of Indonesia to help our brothers and sisters in here who have suffered losses due to the many disasters that have hit this country over the past 2 years," added Fadlullah.

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M. Karim Wirasaputra