How a PKH Facilitator Journeys to the Forests and Rivers to Assist with PKH Recipients

Saturday, 23-October-2021 11:00

Several PKH facilitators visit the homes of the PKH beneficiary recipients by the river.
Image : Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs
Several PKH facilitators visit the homes of the PKH beneficiary recipients by the river.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Armed with the determination to humanize humans and make Beneficiary Recipients (KPM) happy, Purini (33) has been an assistant or facilitator for the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH) in remote areas since 2018.

To visit the homes of the KPMs, Purini had to ride a klotok boat through the Kahayan River with a depth of 10 to 15 meters in Kameloh Baru Village.

"Based on SP2D phase 3 in 2021, I was entrusted with assisting 137 KPMs, consisting of 98 KPMs in Kameloh Baru Village and 39 KPMs in Danau Tundai Village, Sabangau District, Palangka Raya City, Central Kalimantan," said Purini  in a YouTube channel owned by the Directorate General of Social Protection and Security at the Ministry of Social Affairs, on Saturday (10/23/2021).

Purini admitted that the feeling of worry along the way to the KPMs' location was covered with enthusiasm to provide information and education to the KPMs.

"Every time I conduct a home visit, I consider as taking a refreshing journey as the journey offers natural view but also natural challenges that must be surpassed," Purini said.

In accordance with the tasks carried out by PKH assistants as an extension of the Ministry of Social Affairs for poverty alleviation efforts in Indonesia, they are equipped with knowledge to open the minds of KPMs to change their lives for the better. 

"The purpose of the home visit is to ensure that assistance is targeted and effective for KPM, as well as chatting and asking KPM complaints. We also asked them what the assistance they had received was used for," said Purini.

One of the PKH recipients, Dina (38), who received PKH aid since 2020, admitted that she was greatly helped by the visit from the PKH facilitators. "With the assistance of the PKH assistants, it is felt to be good, useful and informative," said Dina.

Dina admitted that the PKH social aid received for her two children who were studying at the Junior High School (SMP) level were used for school purposes, such as buying uniforms, books, and nutritious food.

Sadiyah (53), is a KPM recipient who always shares her stories with Purini. Thus, there is closeness between the two, and Purini knows the background conditions of the KPM she is accompanying well.

Purini's togetherness with Sadiyah was seen when they chatted and while Purini was served snacks typical of the local area. "This is a way to get closer to KPM recipients so that we know their problems on the ground," said Purini.

By increasing the standard of living of the KPMs and the fulfillment of access to education and health services, social welfare is realized and the community is out of the poverty chain and at the same time can be independent.

“Hopefully KPMs can create behavior change and be independent through the materials presented. Of course, they hope that they will graduate economically independently by voluntarily withdrawing from participation if they feel they are ready to be independent," Purini added.

Reporter : turkhan
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