Qurbani Meat: A Hope of Residents in Bantargebang Landfill

Meat is a luxury for the people around the Bantargebang Landfill, Bekasi City. Only on the occasion of Eid, they can consume fresh and halal meat. Usually, many students consume meat obtained from garbage that has expired.

Residents in Bantargebang
Residents in Bantargebang Landfill happily receive Qurbani meat from Global Qurban-ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BEKASI CITY - The sun was set. It was a sign that the second day of Tashreeq (7/22/2021) of Eid ul-Adha 1442 AH was almost over. However, the traffic flow on the main road to the Bantargebang Integrated Waste Disposal Site (TPST), Bekasi City, was still packed with dozens of garbage trucks from Jakarta.

During the implementation of the Emergency PPKM and the momentum of Eid ul-Adha, activities at Bantargebang landfill did not stop. However, the scavengers at the Bantargebang landfill were not as busy as usual.

The scavengers, who used to look for junk at the Bantargebang TPST, were enjoying the atmosphere of Eid. It could be seen from the lively action of distributing Qurbani meat from Global Qurban-ACT around the Bantargebang TPST. In collaboration with Sekolah Alam Tunas Mulia, Sumur Batu Village, Bantargebang District, Bekasi City, the team distributed hundreds of meat packages to students and residents.

Nurjanah, a teacher from Sekolah Alam Tunas Mulia, said the distribution of Qurbani meat was a moment of joy, especially for the students. Not only being able to eat meat, but Eid is also a moment to pray to sow hope for a better life.

"Many tahfiz students at our school come from scavenger families. Their homes are huts, so their children stay here to study. The tahfiz program launched in 2020 and is free," said a teacher who familiarly called Yana, Thursday (7/22/2021).

Yana says students who stay eat three times a day. Apart from donors, the food consumed comes from plants or livestock such as catfish and eggs which are managed by the teachers and students.

“We rarely consume meat. We eat meat only at certain moments like Eid. Usually, the parents of students who are scavengers often get meat from the garbage disposal. We don't know where the meat comes from? What kind of meat? Is it halal or not, because it is from garbage that has expired," said Yana.

Yana continued, she and the teachers at school educate children to choose clean, healthy, and halal food. The school also forbids children to eat meat from the garbage.

"That's why we try to give them the best food that is fresh, healthy, and halal and knows its origin at school. Insha Allah, this distribution of Qurbani meat from ACT will be useful for children,” said Yana.

One of the parents of students from Sekolah Alam Tunas Mulia Aan Andasari (39) admitted that she was happy to receive Qurbani meat from Global Qurban-ACT which was distributed at her child's school. She was waiting for this moment because she and her family rarely consume meat dishes.

"We rarely eat meat. I never thought about buying meat for daily meals because it is expensive. The meat price is around IDR 180 thousand per kilogram. It’s better to buy something else. I can’t buy only half a kilogram of meat. It is not enough for my family because I have many children. I prefer to buy other meals and save the money for tomorrow,” said Aan.

With an uncertain income, meat seems to be a luxury item for her family. Every Eid ul-Adha is an opportunity for them to eat meat. She hopes this happy moment can continue to be felt by her and other residents, especially in difficult times due to the current pandemic.

"Previously, there were many mosques here that provided Qurbani animals. However, this year Eid-ul Adha, there are only four Qurbani goats while many people are here. People are not sure how to distribute the meat. That's why the goats haven't been slaughtered yet. Alhamdulillah, Alam (son) got it from school so I can taste the Qurbani meat,” she said.[]