70 y.o. scavenger in S. Sulawesi lost savings intended for pilgrimage in house fire, gets donations from netizens

Kakek Arsyad, or Grandpa Arsyad, in the ruins of his house. Photo: Facebook/Abdul Qahar Al Asri
Kakek Arsyad, or Grandpa Arsyad, in the ruins of his house. Photo: Facebook/Abdul Qahar Al Asri

An elderly man’s dream of visiting the holy land of Mecca went up in flames in a house fire, but Indonesian netizens have restored that dream, and then some.

Arsyad, a 70-year-old scavenger from Tanete Rilau sub-district in the Barru Regency of South Sulawesi, became the talk of the internet in Indonesia after he recently experienced a grave misfortune. According to reports, his house was destroyed in a fire on Saturday, along with money he had saved to go on an Umrah pilgrimage totalling IDR2.5 million (US$175).

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Kakek Arsyad hidup sebatang kara di sebuah rumah panggung berukuran 6×7 meter di Kabupaten Barru, Sulawesi Selatan. Sehari-hari, ia mengumpulkan barang bekas dan botol plastik untuk memenuhi kebutuhan hidupnya. Sebagian hasil penjualannya juga ia sisihkan untuk mewujudkan mimpinya berangkat ke tanah suci. . Malang, rumahnya kini rata dengan tanah setelah kebakaran hebat pada Sabtu (15/6) lalu. Uang tabungan umroh sebesar Rp 2,5 juta pun turut menjadi abu. . Alhamdulillah sekarang Kakek Arsyad sudah mendapat hadiah umroh dari para #OrangBaik. Kini, giliran kita membantu Kakek Arsyad untuk membangun rumahnya kembali dengan berdonasi, klik: kitabisa.com/untukkakekarsyad . . Bantu sebarkan postingan ini di IG Story-mu agar semakin banyak orang yang membantu dan mendoakan Kakek Arsyad untuk mewujudkan impiannya! . #sulawesiselatan #kakekarsyad #infosulsel #kitabisa #orangbaik

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Arsyad had painstakingly earned the money by collecting scraps and plastic bottles to sell. Fortunately, he wasn’t at home when the fire started because he was working as a cleaner at a nearby school.

Arsyad’s story went viral thanks to several users who shared his story on Twitter and Instagram. In one thread below, the user explained that Arsyad earned around IDR2,500 for each kilogram of plastic waste he collected.

Numerous individuals and companies have donated money to Arsyad. One unnamed company has also reportedly decided to pay for his Umrah pilgrimage.

As for the matter of his house, Indonesian online news portal Kumparan has opened a fundraiser on the crowdfunding platform Kitabisa to support the rebuilding of Arsyad’s home. They have raised more than IDR150 million as of this afternoon, already far surpassing the fundraiser’s IDR100 million target.

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