ACTNews, PALEMBANG - Sungai Pedado Hamlet in Kramasan Village, Kertapati Subdistrict, Palembang City, reflects the poverty in the city that was once the center of the Srivijaya Empire. Located in the lowlands surrounded by swampy areas, the locals cultivate the land by turning it into tidal rice fields. Pedado River, one of the tributaries of the Musi River, flows through this area, and becomes a source of water for the locals and one of the water routes to the center of Palembang City.
Even though Sungai Pedado Hamlet has potentially rich natural resources, ironically, many of its residents still live in poverty due to several factors.
"One of them is the difficult access to Sungai Pedado Hamlet. The roads in the hamlet are mostly made of concrete, and the bridge in the hamlet is only a small, wooden bridge. The distance from the hamlet to the main road is one kilometer, and the main road is also damaged. The locals often suffer from crop failure due to the unpredictable seasons,” said Reza Ardiansyah from Global Qurban - ACT South Sumatra last year.
Consequently, the locals’ income is also uncertain. Most of them only work as farmers and casual laborers. Global Qurban – ACT visited them on Eid Al-Adha 2019 to deliver packages of beef donated by the qurbani donors.
One of the residents who received the qurbani meat. (ACTNews)
"We chose Sungai Pedado Hamlet to be one of the qurbani distribution areas. The center of the qurbani distribution is one of the mosques in the hamlet. In addition, we also distributed qurbani in 13 Ulu Urban Village. As many as 336 families or 1,620 people benefitted from the qurbani distribution, "explained Reza.
Adit, one of the locals who received a qurbani package, expressed his gratitude to Global Qurban - ACT. He said that he had not eaten meat for a long time. "Thank you very much for giving us qurbani meat. We felt very assisted. We have long wanted to eat some meat. Thank you, Global Qurban - ACT, "said Adit in August 2019.
In South Sumatra alone, Global Qurban - ACT distributed dozens of sacrificial animals in 4 regencies and cities in Eid Al-Adha 2019. Hopefully, more qurbani animals will benefit the needy in South Sumatra in the upcoming Eid Al-Adha.