Just before Ramadan, in June 2014, we launched a campaign to provide iftar meals to some of the poorest and most needy people in five countries around the world. These were Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The iftar meal is the evening meal which Muslims around the globe partake in to end their daily fast at sunset during the month of Ramadan.
The following reports are from two of the countries that ChildrenPlus helped; Pakistan and Syria.
In Pakistan, food packs were distributed in four main areas; three of those areas were in Islamabad and one was in Rawalpindi.
The donations were distributed amongst the following beneficiaries.
- Young children in areas of poverty.
- Poor and needy individuals who have kept a fast that day.
Iftar meal packs comprised of the following
1 piece chicken, ½ kg pilau rice, one meat kebab, three dates, one carton of juice and water, ¼ kg of sweet rice, one piece of fresh fruit.
A total of 350 (approx.) heads benefited from the iftar meal.
A total of 2,200 (approx.) heads benefited from the food packs.
In Syria, we worked with a local organisation called ISWA to provide iftar meals for destitute refugees at the refugees’ complex in Saida in South Lebanon.
The Ramadan iftar meals were distributed in two ways:
- Collected meals
- Delivering meals (average of six persons) to the Syrian refugee’s complexes in Saida, South Lebanon.
A total of 1000 Syrian refugees benefitted from the Ramadan iftar meals made possible by the generous supporters of Children