ACTNews, SEMARANG – The pandemic has forced many to adjust to the “New Normal”. Nowadays, people prioritize health and hygiene when doing their activities, including when sacrificing the qurbani animals.
In Central Java, the slaughtering of the qurbani animals was done in accordance to the COVID-19 protocol to avoid the spread of the outbreak. The team who is responsible for slaughtering the animals wore complete Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to make sure of their safety. Before slaughtering, the team made sure that the equipment they were about to use is clean. After that, they wore hazmat suits, face shields, masks, and gloves.
Giyanto, Global Qurban - ACT Central Java Branch Manager, added that the team that was in charge of distributing the meat was required to follow the Covid-19 protocol.
"The volunteers were in charge of slaughtering and distributing the qurbani meat. They were required to wear PPE, always prepare personal hygiene kits, and prevent crowds when distributing qurbani meat," said Giyanto, Saturday (8/1).
Global Qurban ACT volunteers in Central Java wearing complete Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when slaughtering the cattle. (ACTNews / Dananto Riski Nugroho)
Hundreds of qurbani meat packages were delivered by teams of volunteers to various regions in Central Java by directly visiting the recipients’ homes. "In order for the meat packages to truly reach those who are really eligible, we surveyed each home and visited them directly so that there will be no crowds. As for the coverage area, we reached out to remote villages in which there aren’t many people who perform qurbani, "Giyanto added.
Program Coordinator of Global Qurban – ACT Central Java Hamas Rausyanfikr added, hundreds of qurbani meat packages had been distributed in remote areas of Semarang and Salatiga since the day of Eid (7/31). Four distribution points were reached by the volunteers.
"The first distribution point was Muslim convert village in Candigaron Village, Semanding Subdistrict, located adjacent to Wonosobo Regency. The second was in Kedung Glatik Hamlet, Candirejo Village, Pringapus Subdistrict, located in an isolated area in Semarang Regency. The access to the location was quite difficult due to its hilly terrain. We distributed the qurbani there because there were none in the village who performed qurbani. The third and fourth locations were in Bancak Subdistrict, Semarang Regency and a remote village in Salatiga City," Hamas said.
On Saturday (8/1), the qurbani meat distribution reached a number of areas in the city of Semarang, including Trimulyo, Tembalang, Candisari, and others. These areas are inhabited by quite a number of impoverished families.
"We thank the generous donors who perform their qurbani through Global Qurban. Insha Allah, we will still accept qurbani from the generous donors until the third day past Eid Al-Adha. May Allah accept our worships and qurbani this year," concluded Hamas.