ACTNews, TANDJILE - Chad is one of the landlocked countries in Africa, located between the vast Sahara Desert and the savannah of Central Africa. Without coastal line, it is surrounded by other countries.
Sadly, many of the countries that surround Chad have been riddled with conflict, such as Libya and Sudan. It has somewhat impacted the condition of the country. Being one of the countries with the highest hunger level, as many as 66.2% of the total population of 15.5 million people live in poverty. This ranked Chad 187th out of 189 countries in the 2019 Human Development Index.
The poverty in Chad is also caused by natural factors. With most of the population working as farmers, they are often constrained by season. Rain patters often change, and drought often hits the country. Due to the high level of poverty, according to the World Bank, around 40% of children under the age of five suffer from stunting due to chronic malnutrition.
Local residents lining up to receive qurbani packages in Tandjile. (ACTNews)
In 2019, Global Qurban – ACT came to Chad to bring qurbani packages from generous Indonesian benefactors. One of the qurbani distribution areas was Tanjile.
"We chose Tanjile to be one of the distribution locations because many Muslim families there live in difficulties. Most of them can’t afford to perform qurbani, including some refugees living in the area," said Aboubakar Hassan Andre, one of the Global Qurban - ACT partners in Chad.
Sacrificial meat was distributed to hundreds of beneficiaries in the Tanjile region. The locals queued for the qurbani packages, including Haj Khadija Mohammad. She thanked Global Qurban - ACT for the qurbani packages, and sent her regards to the generous people in Indonesia. "May Allah give you blessings and repay all of your good deeds," said Khadija who lives with 9 other family members.
In 2020, Global Qurban – ACT plans to visit Chad again to bring the best qurbani for the locals. "Insha Allah, this year, Global Qurban - ACT will distribute qurbani meat to Chad again. We hope that the benefactors can support our programs to bring happiness to the people of Chad," hoped Andi Noor Faradiba from the Global Qurban - ACT team.