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    PBI UMY Study Program Provides Assistance to Students Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

    The COVID-19 pandemic has spread very quickly in Indonesia. This caused many students of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) to be discouraged to return home and remain in their respective boarding houses. However, it also caused new problems, because students face difficulty in finding food.

    The UMY English Language Study Program (PBI UMY) stepped in to provide food packages and cash to students on at the K.H Ibrahim Building, UMY Central Campus.

    Head of PBI Study Program Sri Rejeki Murtiningsih, Ph.D had realized that there were many students who were s in their boarding houses. She also realized that many shops and food stalls had been closed, so the fulfillment of daily food needs became difficult for students.
    “This program was initiated by all PBI lecturers. We know that there are some PBI students still in Yogyakarta. We also understand that they are having difficulties because the stalls are closed. So this program is also supported by alumni,” she said.
    The food packages that have been given can help students in the month of Ramadan. So, a survey was conducted on the students to find out what their needs were. The packages contained rice, soy sauce, canned fish, cooking oil, and other items.

    In addition to providing food packages, the department also provided the students with money. However,  the provision of cash was intended to be able to assist the online lecture or other necessary needs, not for cigarettes.

    “We intended to give them more staple food, but maybe they didn’t need so much. So, we gave them money to buy data plans for online learning and other services. However, we also gave them a message to not spend the cash on cigarettes,” Rejeki said.

    In addition to the funds spent by the department, the lecturers and alumni also participated in donating money to help run the program.

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