Ramadhan Relief 2013/1434

    Ummah Welfare Trust spent over £3 million this year providing Iftaar to poor families across the Ummah. Alhamdulillah over half a million Muslims, spanning 17 countries, received food provisions, allowing them to fast the blessed days of Ramadhan.

    Like every year, Ummah Welfare Trust allocated Ramadhan funds depending on the situation in the different countries. Larger Iftaar programmes this year took place in Afghanistan, Burma, Niger, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria.

    In Afghanistan, over half a million pounds was spent providing Ramadhan packs to over 16,000 displaced families. Across the border in Pakistan, a larger programme covering Khyber Pakhthunkhwa, Punjab and Baluchistan was rendered.

    Iftaar packs in Pakistan and Afghanistan were composed of the same staples: 20kg of wheat flour being provided with rice, ghee, sugar and other essentials.

    In neighbouring parts of the subcontinent, 283 families in Sunderban, India, and 650 families in northern districts of Bangladesh received Iftaar packs. Rice in both countries formed the bulk of the provisions.

    In Burma, 2,500 displaced families in Sittewe camp, Arakan, each received 45kg of rice along with oil, noodles and wood for kindling. In Meiktila and the surrounding areas, a further 2,925 families received rice provisions. Furthermore 500 poor students of knowledge received cash grants with which to feed themselves and their families.

    In response to its long-standing appeal for Muslims in Syria, Ummah Welfare Trust provided Iftaar packs to over 15,000 families inside the country. Alhamdulillah Iftaar packs reached families previously unreached, close to the Damascus area.

    Over 2,000 families in Iraq and over 2,000 in Palestine also received provisions alhamdulillah. Along with Syria, these blessed regions continue to remain in turmoil; we ask Allah to accept the patience and sacrifices of it peoples. Ameen.

    As part of on-going support for Malian refugees in Niger, 2,500 Malian families received food provisions. Supplies here were large (weighing upwards of 50kg per recipient) allowing for recipients' extended families to also be supported.

    In other parts of West Africa, Ummah Welfare Trust provided Iftaar packs to 1950 families in Senegal and 1,850 families in Gambia respectively.

    Across the continent in Somalia, over 5,000 displaced families in and around Mogadishu received rice, flour, pasta, cooking oil and dates. And in nearby Sudan, 250 displaced families in the Kasala district each received 25kg of maize along with sugar, oil and lintels.

    Rounding off the work in Africa, 2,000 families in the Mangochi district of central Malawi each received staples of maize, beans and rice.

    Since the earthquake in 2010, Ummah Welfare Trust has also been active on the island of Haiti. This Ramadhan, 1000 families in Chalone (many of whom were new Muslims) received Iftaar provisions.

    Similar efforts took place on the island of Zamboanga, in the Philippines, where hundreds of families received Iftaar packs.

    Finally, in Europe, 500 families in rural Grozny, Chechnya, and over 1,000 families in and around Tirana, Albania, received Ramadhan provisions alhamdulillah.

    The Ummah is one body and we ask Allah to make Ummah Welfare Trust's efforts reflective of this. May Allah accept the generosity of the charity's donors whose contributions allowed hundreds of thousands of Muslims across the globe to enjoy the blessed month of Ramadhan this year. Ameen.