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Tahir Foundation with Mayapada Group provides assistance to thousands of Mount Sinabung evacuees in Karo, worth Rp 4 billion (U.S. $ 366,000) on Thursday, February 13, 2014. This Assistance given by Dato 'Sri Prof Tahir, MBA as the Chairman of the Foundation and Mayapada Group to 10,000 affected families in the form of six (6) units of trucks containing basic food valued at Rp 1 billion and Rp 3 billion in cash. Each family head was given Rp 300,000 in cash.

“We hope this aid will be useful to the evacuees. This aid is a token of our consideration for all people who have been evacuated due to the Mt. Sinabung eruptions,” said Tahir, who visited evacuation sites at Santo Petrus Catholic Church, the Great Mosque and Karo University.

He expressed his concern when he found out that a classroom at Karo University was being used to accommodate at least 100 evacuees. He told the evacuees that he would coordinate with other businesspeople to help handle the problem.

Tahir’s visit to the Mt. Sinabung area was part of a series of charity events organized by the foundation. Besides Mt. Sinabung evacuees, Tahir has also distributed relief aid to disaster victims across the archipelago, including Jakarta, Manado in North Sulawesi, and Jepara, Kudus and Pati in Central Java. The total aid awarded amounted to Rp 15 billion.