ACTNews, BANJAR – “It has been three years without qurbani here. Alhamdulillah, this year there are animal sacrifices here. Thank you very much,” said Juhransyah, the Head of RT 01 Balau Village, Banjar, South Kalimantan.
Such expression of gratitude came from the beneficiaries of the Global Qurban program, in collaboration with Radar Banjar Peduli (RBP) in Balau Village, Banjar, South Kalimantan. The distribution was done on the third day after Eid-ul-Adha with the help of five volunteers.
The majority of Balau population rely on rubber plantation to make a living. For three years, there haven’t been any qurbani sacrifice due to the fluctuating rubber price.
“It is difficult to fulfill our daily needs, let alone to buy an animal to sacrifice,” said the Balau villagers.
Balau is a village located 30 kilometers away from Martapura, the capital of Banjar Regency. Despite located not too far from the capital, the difficult access to the village makes it longer to get there.
The village is also not reached by cellular signal. “Once you get to Balau Village, don’t look for cellular signal. You won’t get it there,” said Achmad Ridho Indra, the Coordinator of Global Qurban volunteers, chuckling.
Last Eid-ul-Adha, 2017, became the second year for Global Qurban to reach Banjar. Last year, Balau Village was visited by Global Qurban for the first time. Every year, Global Qurban’s reach expand wider to remote areas in 34 Indonesian provinces.
Apart from reaching many Indonesians, the delicious qurbani meat was also enjoyed by dozens of countries afflicted by humanitarian crises such as Palestine, Syria, Yemen, and Bangladesh (Rohingya refugees).
Happiness and hope was seen on the faces of the recipients. May the blessings of qurbani be able to reach more people.
“May those who offered the sacrifice be increased in their wealth. May they always be healthy,” prayed the Balau villagers for the donors who have offered their qurbani through Global Qurban.