ACTNews, BLORA – Blora farmers have felt the blessings and benefits of the Humanitarian Ship programs initiated by ACT in recent years, started with the Humanitarian Ship for Africa, Humanitarian Ship for Rohingya, and the latest is the Humanitarian Ship for Palestine. The blessings were felt by the farmers, those who are under Community Food Barn (Lumbung Pangan Masyarakat/LPM) and partner farmers in Blora regency and other areas, during the rice gathering for Humanitarian Ship for Palestine.
Gathered in Cepu sub-district, Blora, the rice will then be delivered to Terminal Petikemas Surabaya on Wednesday (21/2). The rice will be stored in containers to be sent using big trucks from LPM storage in Jipang village, Cepu Sub-district, Blora.
The gathering of the rice performed by the Humanitarian Ship team and LPM-ACT raised the economy of farmers in Blora and its neighboring areas. Before LKP and Humanitarian Ship programs started, the farmers used to sell their produce to middlemen at a low price. Through LPM, they can now sell their produce at a higher price.
“Our partners, the farmers that we support, received immense benefits from the LPM program. They no longer have to sell their produce to middlemen at a low price. Moreover, through LPM and Humanitarian Ship programs, ACT can help the villagers to eradicate poverty. All the unemployed and those who didn’t have steady jobs are involved in LPM. Therefore, ACT employs them,” said Harun.
Harun’s statement was supported by Said (34 year-old), a farmer from Jibung village, Kedungkuban sub-district, Blora regency. According to him, after the existence of LPM and ACT’s Humanitarian Ship programs, other farmers and he feel an immense benefit by selling their produce to LPM at a higher price.
“Alhamdulillah, with ACT and their LPM, other farmers and I are economically raised. ACT’s role has truly benefitted us,” he expressed thankfully.
The same benefit is also felt by Lamiran (34-year-old), an ACT volunteer working in LPM and LTM (Lumbung Ternak Masyarakat, Community-Based Livestock Barn), who used to be unemployed. Now, his friends and he have steady job and monthly income. He also feels proud for working to help his others, both nationally and internationally.
“I’m feeling more proud to work with ACT, with many humanitarian programs to help others, especially Muslims. At the moment, we’re working to gather rice for our brethren in Palestine who live under Israel’s occupation,” he said proudly.
Lamiran expressed his respect to ACT who not only helps victims in Indonesia, but also in other countries. Not only provides jobs to many local villagers, ACT also inspires them to always care for humanity.
Waqf Village model program
During the delivery process of the rice from Blora to Terminal Petikemas Surabaya, ACT will launch Waqf Village program. This program aims to build public welfare for the villagers, based on waqf assets managed by Lembaga Keswadayaan Wakaf Desa (LKWD, or Institute for Self-Reliance of Village Waqf). Several villages are set to be the model villages for this program.
According to Insan Nur, ACT Vice President, there’s a strategic aim that is to be reached through this program: to build waqf-oriented villages and to involve villagers to be not only objects but also active participants of development.
“The waqf village program will open an access to the food and capital distribution, as well as to increase the chance of waqf-based social investments. It can also improve and develop the villages’ economy through waqf-based village industries. Moreover, Insha Allah it can eradicate the development inequality and gaps, as well as decrease the urbanization rate. The most important thing is to eradicate poverty and its impacts,” concluded Nurrohman.