New Born for a Family at An-Nur Housing Complex

The success of a construction project is measured neither by quality nor quantity of the building, but the impact on personal and social life of the beneficiaries.
 A better life attained by the family of Ulfah Huriyah (37 years) and her husband, Dede Kusumahadi (37 years), after settling at An-Nur Complex, Karawang, is a good sample in this case.

For years, the family with five children lived with six other families in a house owned by Dede’s parent which is located at village of Jatiragas. A husband with no fixed job and income led to incapacity to rent a house for their own family.

And over the years,  Ulfah worried about her household life. The social environment did not support her husband and children to be better. Moreover, she was overshadowed by the failure of her previous marriage.

"If I didn’t consider the life of my children, I might have gone home to my Mom and divorced," she recalled. 


New Home, New Life
Getting a new house was a very good news, either for Ulfah and husband, or their parents.

"My Mom and mother in-law said that I should be grateful for all these blessings and keep the house entrusted to us.They were very happy, "said Ulfah.

But, the most important thing that lead her to happiness and peace are some changes that came about in her family life since they got into a new environment.

Following their settlement at An-Nur Complex, her husband is increasingly keen to earn a living and their financial situation is getting better. Besides being a security staff of An-Nur complex during the last ten- months, Dede gives his best effort to make extra income.

"We become economically independent. We are gradually able to buy furniture. This sofa, for instance, " Ulfah stated with a smiling face.

Ulfah herself began running a small kiosk of karedok and rujak (Indonesian tradisional food made from fruits and vegetables mixed with peanuts)  in front of her house. Prior to this business, she sold bakso (traditional food consist of meatballs and soup) at roadside, just in front of An-Nur complex. But, she was forced to close it as the land owner charged her some terms which were impossible for her to execute.

And for Ulfah, the benefit of An-Nur is going beyond the complex residents. Her mother (60 years) is a food peddler who ride becak (Indonesian cycle-rickshaw) to carry and sell her products. An-Nur allows her business to grow much better than before as it gives her more customers.

The interaction with their new neighbours in their new environment effects her husband religious life.  

"He is very different from before. People said that father of Raka (the youngest child) becomes “ustadz,” now.  Good people in this complex as well as their religious activities, greatly affects my husband. Initially he might change in order to adjust himself to the new environment, but then he is accustomed to practising it and eventually makes it his necessity of life. "

Ulfah herself was a pioneer in religious activity in her previous domicile. But people laughed at her because her husband was far different: he could not recite Koran and even di not care about it. Oneday, after moving to An-Nur, to her surprise, her husband made a confession.

“Now, I regret not learning to recite Koran long time ago. I am ashamed.”

These changes are supported by weekly ta’lim attended by all families living in the complex. Good environment, neighbors who respect each other, bring Ulfah a new atmosphere.

The same thing happens to her children.
"Before, it was difficult to motivate my son to recite Koran. Now, he goes to complex mosque with his friends every night to pray Maghrib. Every four o'clock in the afternoon he learn to recite Koran, "said Ulfah to the QCI.

Thus, environment shapes us. Good environment stimulates the birth of good man. That is the main objective of  An-Nur Complex establishment. And creating such environment requires a close cooperation among various elements, that in this case involve donor, Qatar Charity Indonesia, Al Hasanat Foundation (as QCI partners in this project), as well as the residents of An-Nur Complex. 

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