Qurbani Meat Also Enjoyed by the Poor in Urban Areas

Global Qurban – ACT’s qurbani distribution reached impoverished neighborhoods in urban areas near the capital. The beneficiaries included small business owners, elderly people, widows, and odd-jobbers.

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Makhtori, a klepon peddler in Bintaro, South Tangerang, was one of the beneficiaries of qurbani distribution. (ACTNews / Gina Mardani)

ACTNews, SOUTH TANGERANG - Makhtori was preparing to peddle his merchandise when volunteers from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) and Global Qurban - ACT South Tangerang delivered qurbani meat to him, Sunday (8/2) afternoon. That day, the man who came from Brebes had no idea that he would receive qurbani meat from Global Qurban - ACT.

Having been selling klepon for two decades, meat is something he rarely eats. He admitted that he enjoyed meat only during Eid Al-Adha season holiday. "I usually eat rice only with salted eggs, scrambled eggs, tempeh, and tofu. I am just a small trader who earns only a meager profit. I eat meat only during Eid Al-Adha season," Mukhtori said. He said that he would cooked the meat into stew that afternoon.

Not far from Makhtori’s rented house, Iyah (70), an elderly widow, limped to the door when the volunteers visited her house. The woman who lives in Pondok Pucung, Pondok Aren Subdistrict was also among the beneficiaries of that day’s qurbani meat distribution.

Rodi Maryanto from Global Qurban - ACT Greater Tangerang Program Department (left) delivered meat to Haryati's house in Pondok Ranji, East Ciputat. (ACTNews / Gina Mardani)

Iyah lives with her daughter and her son-in-law who works as an online motorcycle taxi driver. Their little family lives in simplicity. "I can only pray that may the qurbani donor be blessed with more wealth," she said before she recited Al-Fatihah.

Hartono (50) and Haryati (45) were also among the beneficiaries of the qurbani distribution in Pondok Ranji, East Ciputat. Living in a semi-permanent house for almost 10 years, this family never thought of buying meat.

As a repairman, Hartono must provide for his wife and five children. In fact, not long ago, Hartono's wife lost her sight due to cataracts. Haryati quitted her job as a household assistant. Now Hartono becomes the only breadwinner.

Beef, a staple for some people, becomes a luxury that brought happiness to their family. "Alhamdulillah, I am going to cook the meat into rica-rica," said Haryati.

Global Qurban – ACT Greater Tangerang Program Coordinator Rodi Maryanto said, Global Qurban – ACT’s meat distribution reached urban communities throughout Tangerang because there are still many impoverished families that rarely consume meat.

"In addition to remote areas throughout Indonesia, Global Qurban - ACT also cares about our brothers and sisters in urban areas. In South Tangerang, we distributed meat to elderlies, widows, and women who own small businesses and peddlers. They are mostly people from other areas who moved to the city to make a living. They mostly live in rented houses,” said Rodi.

Rodi added, the qurbani distribution in South Tangerang could happen thanks to generous support from the benefactors. After Eid Al-Adha season, Rodi hoped that the benefactors can continue supporting other ACT programs. "We provide capital alms for small entrepreneurs through the Sahabat UMI Program. We provide assistance for teachers through the Sahabat Guru Indonesia. We also have waqf programs,” he explained.

On behalf of the local community, Chairman of RT 06 RW 03 Pondok Ranji, one of the qurbani distribution areas, expressed his gratitude. MRI and ACT have previously collaborated with the residents of RT 06 in several programs.

"In the past, we have worked together when the volunteers provided counseling about clean and healthy lifestyle, and now, Alhamdulillah, they came back here to deliver qurbani. I truly thank you,” said Hennylia. []