Minhaj Welfare Foundation implemented its Qurbani programme in Bangladesh to HelpFeed the poor and provide them an opportunity to be joyful on the day of Eid-ul-Adha.
The MWF Bangladesh team has been implementing a number of projects as well as development programs at grass root level in different regions of Bangladesh. These include orphans support, food programs, Qurbani meat distribution, and emergency relief. The Bangladesh team has gained adequate experience and expertise of implementing such programs with the help of its experienced and committed members.
In Bangladesh, most of the poor families cannot afford a daily meal and are unable to perform Qurbani. Almost 50% of the population live below the poverty line and live less than £1 a day. Almost 25% who live in extreme poverty are homeless jobless and victims of disasters like cyclone/flood, (acute food and employment crisis in rural areas of Bangladesh) and so on.
The Qurbani program was implemented in different rural areas of Bangladesh. The MWF Bangladesh team visited various locations and personally distributed meat to the poor and needy on Eid day.
Minhaj Welfare Foundation distributed Qurbani in Ethiopia reaching more than 2000 families in the Doolow region.
MWF distributed Qurbani meat to internally displaced people from those that were affected by the East Africa drought almost two years ago. More than 13 million people were affected from one of the most severe drought seen in decades. Food bags were given to orphaned children or extremely poor family members were prioritised, ensuring the meat reached those who need it most. Some of the families who benefited were refugees from neighboring countries, who had fled their home in search of safety in Ethiopia.
For many of the families, receiving Qurbani was a great joy. “Meat is not common for us people, we have to wait for almost one year to see meat.” said Aisha, a widow who is looking after 4 children in Doolow. “This Qurbani, me and my children made rice and we can have a good for two days. Thank you”.
Minhaj Welfare Foundation’s Qurbani programme aims to a lot more people in the region and in particular Ethiopia. MWF is continuing its efforts in providing long term initiatives in the region for a sustainable future.
Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) provided Qurbani meat to thousands of families throughout India, establishing Qurbani camps in rural and marginalised areas of various states of India. This was one of the world’s largest Qurbani programs in India, in which the poor and needy with sacrificial meat on the occasion of Eid ul Adha.
This year MWF arranged Qurbani in many of the deprived areas of Western regions and other surrounding areas. MWF ‘Shared the blessings of Qurbani’ 2013 in more than 20 places within India.
The collective Qurbani campaign began after Eid prayers. Qurbani program was implemented by MWF India and local volunteers who had sacrificed their Eid to ensure Qurbani reaches the needy. MWF camps were divided into separate categories with our experience and professional team coordinating distribution of the meat. The animals were numbered accordingly to match the number of donors donating their Qurbani.
MWF organised packed bags of meat and rightfully delivered meat in the hands of the poor and needy. Ahmed spoke to our team and told them of his excitement of receiving the meat: “I am grateful to MWF for remembering us on this day of Eid. You all (MWF) have sacrificed your time to celebrate Eid with us, we can never thank you more”.
Minhaj Welfare Foundation distributed over 100’s of Qurbani’s, reaching more than 5000 families in North Eastern region of Kenya.
Poor families, particularly those with orphaned children or disabled family members, were prioritised, ensuring the meat reached those who need it most. Some of the families who benefited were Somalian refugees having fled their war-torn country in search of safety in Kenya.
For many of the families, receiving Qurbani was a welcome luxury. “Meat is not in our daily diet,” said Muhammad Abdi, a crippled man living with his family in Baomo district. “This Qurbani made me and my children really joyful, we are now able to eat meat for two to three days.”
Minhaj Welfare Foundation Qurbani programme aims to reach more vulnerable people in Kenya and the East Africa region.
Minhaj Welfare Foundation distributed sacrificial meat to more than 100,000 families in particular those affected from the recent floods in June 2013 and the earthquake which affected many lives in Baluchistan.
More than 20 million people will be at risk by the end of the year 2013 and are at risk of living without basic essentials such as clean water, food and medical care. Thousands of MWF volunteers spend their Eid days distributing Qurbani meat to poor and needy families in various camps. Minhaj Welfare Foundation has been implementing Qurbani programme since 1989 and so far millions of people have benefitted.
Some of the areas that MWF distributed Qurbani meat in the earthquake affected areas of Balochistan, Nowshera districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, districts of Azad Kashmir, South Punjab, and other rural areas of Pakistan respectively.
Qurbani bags are distributed to the most vulnerable people in the communities where we work including orphans, widows, elderly, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees. Majority of those live below the poverty line and many suffer from regular food shortages. For the majority of these people, meat is not part of their regularly diet.
Ahmed Ali from Rajan Pur said, “Today me and my family are really happy that we can celebrate Eid like any other people from our community.”
For more than 20 years many Somalia’s have suffered extreme poverty and social injustice. In 2011, Somalia was amongst the worst affected countries in East Africa to be affected by the drought leaving many displaced. Millions of people have left their homes and took shelter in make shift camps, which is currently a home for millions of refugees. In the camps, mostly women and children are living there with the minimum access to basic essentials such as food and water.
This year in 2013, an MWF team travelled to Somalia to monitor the Qurbani programme. The Qurbani animals were bought by local farmers in the South of Somalia and animals were taken to Mogadishu two days before Eid-ul-Adha. There was a thorough check to ensure the animals were the correct size and weight in accordance to Islamic teachings.
On the day of Hajj and after Eid prayer, the MWF team along with a number of volunteers carried travelled to West of Mogadishu to be part of Qurbani or sacrifice. Each animal was allocated and a special prayer was offered for all those that donated their Qurbani in Somalia.
After the animals were sacrificed, the meat was cut and packed into bags. Qurbani bags were then loaded onto a truck and transferred to various locations for distribution. One of the distribution areas was an IDP camp, in the east of Mogadishu, Tarabunka.
The MWF team visited various camps and personally delivered the Qurbani meat to a number of families. A father of 6 who had lost his wife in a blast, told of his situation “Today, I am grateful to those that have made Qurbani meat possible for us and I can share this meat with my family.”