The Disaster Response Students (Matana) of Universitas Muhammadiyah Surabaya (UM Surabaya) provided educational assistance on the disaster site in Pronojiwo, Lumajang last Monday (10/01). Lumajang Regency, East Java has become an affected area due to the ash clouds and eruption flaming rocks of Semeru Mountain in early December. In that area, one school is terribly damaged, five schools are damaged, and 19 other schools are covered by the ashes. Therefore, UM Surabaya sent Matana to the affected site. The second Matana team has arrived since Tuesday (04/01) and will stay until Monday (17/01).
Lailatun Ni’mah and Kumala Sari, the students from Elementary School Education Program (PGSD) are the volunteers from Matana. Both of them have a role teaching 105 students in educational emergency shelters of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology. “I was glad when I received the offer to teach in the affected area. We teach and motivate in SD 2 Sumpit Urang, Pronojiwo, Lumajang. One of the motivations to share with the students’ full of spirit. They asked me to teach every day,” said Lailatun, as reported in the UM Surabaya site.
The Head of the Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM), Dede Nasrullah explained that Lailatun Ni’mah and Kumala Sari volunteerism to complete the crucial needs in the disaster-affected area. Muhammadiyah Council for Environment and Disaster Management of East Java Province Board (PWM Jatim) officially requested the assistance. “Lailatun and Kumala have one-month duties from 10 January. Both shared a place with the Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center (MDMC) team of PWM Jatim located in Pronojiwo Lumajang. Besides sharing knowledge, I hope both of them can take advantage of this opportunity. Also, they can learn from every activity that happens in the disaster site,” said Dede.