Pesantren Ath Thaariq; Environmentally Friendly Pesantren
Pesantren Ath Thaariq is located near the area of Government Administration (Pemda) Garut regency. Being in the middle of the remaining rice fields from the siege of the residential real estate, this pesantren is located in the middle of the urban village, where the inhabitants partly come from the villages around Garut who try to bet on their fortune in the city. This pesantren is also very close to a university, right in Sukagalih Village RT / RW 04/12, Tarogong Kidul Subdistrict.
This pesantren (religious boarding school) was uniquely founded in 2009 by some activists who care about agrarian issues, democracy and humanity. Nissa Wargadipura with her husband, Ibang Lukmanurdin nurtured the pesantren everday with their colleagues, and they are also active in Pasundan Farmers Union. This pesantren is inhabited by students with different age range from children, teenagers/students to parents. Currently there are about 100 students who study at Pesantren Ath Thaariq, using discussion learning system, sorogan and bandungan.
Every santri (religious clerk) is encouraged to work hard, creatively, innovatively, and able to think critically, especially in the field of agricultural and livestock production. This section is an attempt to be more independent, while eliminating the dependency on external products that are not necessarily beneficial to their future lives. The Ath Thaariq pesantren educates the santri who live in the hut to consume food (especially carbohydrates) not only rice, but also from corn, taro, gadung, cassava and breadfruit. Indonesia is very rich and has various types of local food that can meet the needs of food supply in the country. Actually, there are recorded 77 types of carbohydrates available around us. However, the government relies on 100% imported rice and wheat. That includes the daily protein intake consisting of local nuts, local vegetables and local fruits, and these types of food are all self-produced, more durable, friendly and healthy.
In addition, the habits of eco-friendly behavior was formed from an early age and constantly used and applied by the students in the pesantren, especially the santri. These activities consist of sowing hardwoods that produce crops, kitchen and plastic waste management, composting from the environment natural waste, growing organic vegetables, and not using sanitary napkins. Actually he simplest activities that has been done every day, can help to restore our dying planet. We have to start from what we can. (Spoken by Nissa Wargadipura, Head of Pesantren Ath Thaariq, Garut and Founder of Pasundan Farmers Union.
(Adapted from http://www.rahima.or.id)