Ramadhan Update 2009

    West Africa (Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal & Sierra Leone)

    The following Ramadhan projects have been carried out within Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal & Sierra Leone:

    Family Iftar Packs
    Package of food items offered to a poor needy family for the whole month of Ramadan. It consisted (varied slightly between countries) of a bag of rice, sugar and cooking oil. In Mauritania people preferred milk powder, sugar, china green tea and a box of dates.

    Individual Iftar
    The individual Iftar is a reduced quantity of the family package, donated to one person or to a small family (families without kids, widows without children or with at least one child).

    Mosque Iftar
    The Mosque Iftar is a meal prepared by a team of volunteers and offered to people at mosques for breaking fast. It was prepared daily and lasted the whole month of Ramadhan. In most of these countries, especially in rural areas, such meals are a luxury. It also encourages people to pray Maghrib Jamat at the mosque during Ramadan. In urban areas it is the means of survival for the homeless and petit street traders who cannot afford their own meal.

    Food Caravan
    The Food Caravan project was carried out in Dakar, Senegal. Dakar is the capital city of Senegal. It is one of the most densely populated cities in Africa. For an area of 550 km2, Dakar has a population of about 2.5 million habitants (population of Senegal is 8.5 million). During rush hour, traffic is extremely congested so people cannot get home from work on time to break fast. It takes 3 hours to travel 30km during Ramadhan.

    Meals and drinks were distributed at taxi stations and on distribution points on highways benefiting 150 people daily during Ramadhan.
     
    Eid Gift
    The Eid gift were packages offered to children on Eid day. In most countries the package consisted of school items as Eid occurs close to school opening. It is an occasion to relieve the parents from the burden of buying school items for their children, as these are very expensive in Africa. Depending on the country a school bicycle was provided or a school bag kit (includes pens and books) was provided or yearly school fees were paid for needy children.

    On average 20,000 people benefited within each of the five countries from the Iftar programmes and 200 children received an Eid gift within each country at a total cost of £75,000.

    Afghanistan

    Family Iftar packs containing eight essential items benefited approximately 12,500 people (2500 families) - £50,000

    Albania

    Family Iftar packs benefiting 2,000 people (400 families) - £10,000
    2,000 Eid Fitr Gift Packs were distributed - £10,000 Bangladesh

    500 Iftar packs were provided benefiting 2,500 people. Total cost £10,000.


    Burma

    3,500 people (700 families) benefited from the Iftar programme in Burma. Total cost £19,300. India

    Family Iftar packs containing thirteen essential items were provided in India benefiting approximately 3,300 people (666 families). Total cost £10,000.

    1600 poor families were given gifts on Eid day containing essential food items, many people around the world don’t have access to food on this blessed day. Total cost £10,000.

    Kenya

    Approximately 12,500 people (1,500) benefited from the UWT Ramadhan Iftar pack project. Total cost £10,000.

    Palestine

    2,500 Palestinians benefited from Iftar packs during Ramadhan. £61,200.
    320 families benefited from Eid gift cash grant projects in Gaza, the West Bank and Palestinians living in refugee camps in Jordan. £19,600.

    Pakistan

    Approximately 12,500 people (2,500 families) benefited from the Ramadhan Iftar project in Pakistan. Total spent £50,000.


    Iraq

    Iftar packs for Orphans & Widows: Food Basket which contained over twenty essential items. 300 baskets were provided. Cost £9000

    300 orphans received an Eid gift worth £30 each . Total cost £9000

    Somalia

    Iftar for 380 people during Ramadhan. Eid gifts to 230 people. Total cost £12,000.