Depok, West Java – With the theme “A Worthful Qurban” in 2023, Human Initiative is taking steps to enhance the distribution of Qurban across various regions in Indonesia and abroad. The selection of these areas is based on factors such as poverty levels, remote and underprivileged regions (3T areas), and the vulnerability of the local population, including individuals with disabilities, those affected by disasters, and those impacted by conflicts.
Miftahul Surur, Leader of Human Initiative Qurban Squad, emphasized that while the Qurban meat may be abundant in urban areas, the same cannot be said for the potential beneficiaries in other regions. In fact, some areas lack access to qurbani altogether, resulting in limited opportunities for the local population to enjoy Qurban meat during the Eid-ul-Adha festivities.
“Due to high poverty levels, people in these areas often prioritize other food sources for their daily nutrition. Unfortunately, they rarely get the chance to consume Qurban meat during Eid al-Adha,” explained Surur.
Expanding the Benefits of the Qurban
According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), beef consumption in Indonesia is projected to be only 2.2 kg per capita in 2021, which is below the global average of 6.4 kg per capita. This fact further reinforces the Human Initiative’s commitment to expand the benefits of Qurban. As a result, this year, Human Initiative aims to extend Qurban assistance to 171 districts across 21 provinces in Indonesia.
“In comparison to the previous year, the number of Qurban beneficiaries has increased. In 2022, Human Initiative provided Qurban benefits to 215,410 families. In 2023, our target is to reach 329,724 families with the Worthful Qurban program,” stated Surur.
The year 2023 also marks a pivotal moment for the Human Initiative as it transitions from the ‘National Qurban Spread’ program to the ‘Spread the Qurban’ program. This change reflects the broader scope of targeted beneficiary areas compared to previous years.
In addition to expanding the number of beneficiary areas within Indonesian regencies from 131 to 171, Human Initiative has also extended its reach internationally. While last year’s efforts covered Uganda and Somalia, this year the Human Initiative plans to include Somalia, Uganda, Palestine, Myanmar, Turkey, Kenya, Tanzania, and Bosnia.