Initiating Nutrition Improvement to Santris as Nation’s Successors

A lack of food supply is often faced by santris in Kanzul Khairat Islamic Boarding School, Pontianak, West Kalimantan. Oftentimes, they only eat with rice and crackers for days.

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Santris of Kanzul Khairat Islamic Boarding School, Pontianak, West Kalimantan. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, PONTIANAK – Islamic Boarding School as a religion-based educational institution has an important role in educating the next generation nation’s successors. Currently, the number of Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia has reached 31,385 units with a total of 4.29 million active santris (students).

However, amid the increasing number of santris every year, in fact, many boarding schools are still struggling to meet their santris food needs including Kanzul Khairat Islamic Boarding School, Jalan Parit Husein II, Bangka Belitung Darat Village, Southeast Pontianak District, Pontianak City, West Kalimantan.

Every day, the santris only consume rice and mediocre dishes. Sometimes, they even only eat with crackers and rice. Assistance from philanthropists and surrounding residents become the only support for santris who mostly are from impoverished families.

ACT-MRI West Kalimantan team, Ustaz Hafidz Zakaria, and santris of Khanzul Khairat Boarding School. (ACTNews)

“Most of the santris here are from impoverished families, therefore the tuition is also paid as they can. There are santris who can fully pay the tuition but also many of them can’t afford to pay it. So, we have to carry out cross-subsidy for the operational,” explained the Principle of Khanzul Khairat Islamic Boarding School, Ustaz Hafidz Zakaria to ACTNews, Friday (10/1/2021).

Ustaz Hafidz added that amid the school’s difficult condition, he insists not to sit leisurely nor expect anything in return as currently, the boarding school does not have permanent donors yet.

Food and ready-to-eat meals assistance from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) on that Friday afternoon was gratefully and joyfully received by Ustaz Hafidz and the santris.

Alhamdulillah, on this Friday full of blessings, we can deliver some food package assistance consisting of rice and eggs. There are also ready-to-eat meals for the santris here. I want to thank the philanthropists who have submitted their alms through ACT,” said Nircho Dwi Anggoro from ACT West Kalimantan Program team.[]