ACTNews, JAKARTA – Eids or Islamic holidays are always synonymous with togetherness: spending time with family, enjoying special foods like ketupat and chicken curry, visiting neighbors and relatives to strengthen brotherhood.
Global Qurban-Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) always tries to ensure that there will always be solidarity and togetherness amidst difficult situation, such as what ACT has done for the disaster survivors across Indonesia. Among them were disaster survivors in the Integrated Community Shelter (ICS) in Gondang Village, Gangga Subdistrict, North Lombok Regency. They lost their homes after the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that happened in 2018.
In Eid al-Adha 2019, 85 large trays of qurbani meat brought happiness to their hearts. At that time, Global Qurban slaughtered 15 cows for them. Aco, an ICS resident who has lived there for one year, was very grateful for the meat.
"Alhamdulillah, thank God for Global Qurban - ACT which has distributed qurbani meat to the ICS for us to celebrate Eid al-Adha this year through the Qurbani Thanksgiving. We have a tradition of Thanksgiving every holiday. In Lombok, we call it Roah," said Aco in Eid al-Adha 2019.
The purpose of Roah is nothing to be grateful for the arrival of Eid. Gathering together, people interacted and strengthened the solidarity among themselves, feeling grateful for being able to celebrate Eid once again. Aco never misses this event even when a big earthquake shook Lombok the year before.
"In 2018, despite the earthquake that happened close to Eid al-Adha, we still held a Roah. At that time, we held it in an evacuation site, and we were still traumatized for the aftershocks. After the earthquake, there were only tents, the ICS had not yet been built. We ate together in a tent," Aco recalled in mid-August. In Eid al-Adha 2019, the people of Lombok were grateful that they can once again have the opportunity to celebrate together.
A similar celebration was also held by the disaster survivors in Waymuli Induk Village, South Lampung. They gathered together to cook the qurbani meat distributed by Global Qurban-ACT.
Qurbani Thanksgiving held at in the village of Waymuli Induk in mid-August. (ACTNews / Maulana Malik Ibrahim)
"Let us strengthen our kinship, togetherness, and mutual cooperation. Let there be no difference between those who live in the upper and lower Way Muli. Allah gave us trials. Of course, there is a wisdom behind all that," said Rohaidi as Head of the Waymuli Induk Village.
The cooked meat was then served on banana leaves to be eaten by Waymuli villagers. Men, women, and children enjoyed the rice, fried satay, and goat stew. They mingled and occasionally joked with each other, an activity known in Banten Sundanese, a language spoken by most Waymuli villagers, as bebancakan.
ACT Lampung Branch Manager Dian Eka Darma Wahyuni also appreciated the distribution of qurbani animals in Lampung. Dian said, a piece of meat cooked into local dishes such as satay and malbi would make the disaster survivors happy despite limitations.
"Eating together will bring happiness to those who have lost their belongings and their loved ones in South Lampung. To this day, we have continued to assist them with various programs such as infrastructure development and food package distribution, "explained Dian.
Since it was first established in 2011, Global Qurban’s distribution has reached various regions in Indonesia. In 2019, for example, the qurbani distribution reached as many as 34 provinces and 249 regencies.