Charities to distribute meat in flood-hit areas

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010
    The International News
    Bureau report

    PESHAWAR: Like their invaluable services in rescue and rehabilitation works during the recent flooding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Islamic charities will try to reach the flood victims to facilitate them in celebrating the Eid festival by arranging meat for them.

    Ummah Welfare Trust, Minhaj Welfare Foundation, Falaha-i-Insaniyat Foundation, As-Suffa Foundation and other organisations have plans to slaughter sacrificial animals and distribute meat among flood-ravaged people residing in camps.

    Among them Ummah Welfare Trust is on the top, which has set aside Rs50 million for this project. The trust’s coordinator, Sher Ali Khan, told The News that the trust would slaughter 3,100 animals this year.
    He said that the meat would be distributed in flood victims in Nowshera, Charsadda, Mardan, Swat. He added that the trust was mulling purchase of more animals in this regard.

    Sher Ali said that the Ummah Welfare Trust had established three camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for flood victims, one each in Risalpur, Swat and Charsadda, where about 1,500 families had been accommodated.
    The trust would also distribute Rs2,000 Eidi and other gifts among each children in these camps, he said, recalling that Ummah Welfare Trust had distributed Eidi worth Rs20 million on Eidul Fitr. Besides, he said, the medical camps at these camps would also be working during the Eid days.
    He said that the Ummah Welfare Trust recently established Ummah Model City in Risalpur where 100 houses have been constructed for flood victims.

    Likewise, provincial head of the Minhaj Welfare Foundation, Mushtaq Ali Soharwardi said that they would distribute meat of sacrificial animals in among flood-hit people of Nowshera, Swat and Paharpur tehsil of Dera Ismail Khan. He said that thousands of volunteers of the foundation would celebrate Eid with the flood survivors to show their solidarity with them.
    He informed The News that earlier the Minhaj Welfare Foundation would slaughter sacrificial animals and they used to distribute the meat among poor people in Hazara Division, but this year the foundation has decided to focus on the flood-ravaged people. He said the volunteers of the Minhaj Welfare Foundation had decided that they would not observe Eidul Azha at their homes but with flood-hit people.

    He said that the foundation would slaughter 50 cattle in Nowshera and 30 each in Nowshera and Dera Ismail Khan. He said the dearth of funds hindered them to extend their project to all the flood-hit areas of the province. But, he said, it is0 their first project to help out disaster-hit people “and the foundation will be in a better position to extend a helping hand to people in need if, God forbid, any other disastrous crisis emerge.”

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