Nutritious Qurbani Dishes Amid Long Dry Season

The Eid Al-Adha in 2019 fell during a long dry season. Many of the poor had to face a more severe hardship caused by the drought. At the time, Global Qurban – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) came to bring happiness with the qurbani meat from generous benefactors.

Blitar residents enjoying processed qurbani meat in Gunung Gede Village, Wonotirto Subdistrict. In 2019, the village was affected by drought. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BLITAR – In 2019, Eid Al-Adha arrived during a long dry season in Indonesia. The impact was quite severe. Rivers, wells, and agricultural lands dried up. In some areas, the long drought had forced the local residents to live as simply as possible.

Gunung Gede Village, Wonotirto Subdistrict, Blitar is one of the areas that is were hit by severe drought. Most of the people in this place were impoverished. The drought severely deteriorated their condition because the majority of the residents were farmers.

Dipo Hadi from of Global Qurban – ACT East Java Program Department said in August 2019 that Gunung Gede Village was one of the targets of the qurbani distribution. The village was quite severely affected by drought, while most of the residents were poor. "For East Java, the main targets are residents affected by drought, poverty and those suffering from vulnerable nutrition. Hopefully, these acts of kindness can be beneficial for the community," he explained.

The qurbani meat was not only distributed raw, but also cooked and eaten together by the residents of the areas where the qurbani took place in the Qurbani Thanksgiving event. The event was attended by residents around the village as well as representatives from Wonotirto local government.

"Alhamdulillah, thank God for the qurbani animals slaughtered in this village during this long drought. Our fields are dry. Even getting water is very difficult. We can only eat simple food, sometimes without paying attention to the nutrition because of the financial condition,” said Adi Prayitno, one of the village officials in Gunung Gede.

Gunung Gede Village was only a village among many areas that were reached by Global Qurban – ACT in 2020. Again, in 2020, Global Qurban - ACT will visit people affected by natural disasters, including North Luwu that was recently hit by flash flood.

Sukorini, Coordinator of Global Qurban – ACT Program said that disaster-hit areas such as Bogor, Banten, Konawe, North Luwu and other regions will receive qurbani meat this year. After the disaster, the lives of the affected residents had not fully recovered. "Natural disasters have quite a long impact, and we can maximize the moment of Eid Al-Adha to bring happiness to them through the distribution of qurbani meat," she explained, Wednesday (7/29). []