Rector of Syiah Kuala University Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M.Eng handed over a housing unit type 36 plus for one of the underprivileged families in Limpok Village, Aceh Besar, Thursday (8/27/2020). This aid house is the result of donations by Unsyiah Education Personnel (Tendik) by setting aside performance allowance funds (remon) since a year ago.
Rector appreciated this steps which had taken the initiative to raise funds for the construction of these aid houses. According to him, this step is in line with Unsyiah's efforts to continue trying to build people's lives in a better direction. Even in the future, he promised to pay more attention to the community around the campus. Not only carrying out physical development, but also empowering the quality of community human resources through program activities, such as village coaching and the implementation of Thematic Real Work Lectures (KKN).
Unsyiah has also made a policy by collecting and managing zakat from all employees. According to the rector, the potential for zakat in Unsyiah is very large which, if managed properly, can provide broad benefits to the community.
"Later our empowerment focus will be in Limpok, Barabung Rukoh, and Tanjung Selamat which are the closest villages to Unsyiah. For that, it is hoped that support from the entire community so that what we do will run well, "said the Rector.
The Head of General Affairs and HTL Unsyiah who is also the donation coordinator, Erwin, S. Sos, added that the construction of this aid house is one of Unsyiah's general concern for residents around the campus. The fundraising initiative is intended to help residents experiencing economic difficulties, especially in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Previously, Erwin continued, the recipient family occupied a simple shack house that was occupied by all family members. He hopes that the housing aid construction program can continue in the next year and reach other underprivileged families.
Meanwhile, representatives of the keuchik of Limpok Village, Mustafa Hamzah, S.Ag. MA would like to thank Unsyiah for helping one of its residents. He said, in the village he leads, there are still many families who are below the poverty line. For this reason, he hopes that assistance like this can continue so that it can help and improve the lives of rural communities for the better.