Indonesian local officials and underprivileged beneficiaries have lavished praise on Qatar Charity (QC) for distributing food baskets, through its office in Jakarta, as part of its Ramadan campaign.

The beneficiaries extended thanks to benefactors in Qatar for their support that contributed to meeting their food needs in the blessed month of Ramadan, especially at a time when Covid-19 has brought further difficulties to the vulnerable, QC said in a statement.

The mayor of Banda Aceh, Aminullah Usman, said: “On behalf of the local authorities in the city of Banda Aceh, and in the name of its residents, I thank the benefactors in Qatar for their generous donations and Qatar Charity for distributing food baskets in Ramadan, which have benefited 4,500 families of orphans and needy families in the city."

The mayor noted that the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to increasing the suffering of these weaker sections of society, and they are need of more assistance to lighten their hardship.

Haji Sami Weil, another local official in Indonesia, has praised QC for distributing 6,500 Ramadan baskets in his area to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, noting that this aid from Qatar reflects the deep brotherly ties between the Indonesian and Qatari people.

For his part, the president of the Cleaners' Association in South Jakarta, Eddy, expressed thanks and appreciation for philanthropists in Qatar for helping provide the food baskets, adding that this assistance will support the cleaners in meeting their families’ food needs during Ramadan.

Qatar Charity has distributed 12,750 food baskets in many Indonesian provinces and regions during the holy month of Ramadan, benefiting nearly 70,000 people, and is expected to distribute Zakat al-Fitr and the Eid clothing to its sponsored children soon, the statement adds.