More than a tenth of the world’s population is hungry. That’s approximately 805 million people who go under-nourished on a daily basis. During Ramadan, our supporters provide food packs to thousands of families across the world to ensure they have enough to eat at suhoor and iftar. Our BeOne Ramadan 2016 campaign will provide food packs - each designed to feed at least 15 people - to thousands of families.
Particular emphasis is being paid to those who have lost their families and been forced to flee their homes because of conflict, such as the refugees of Syria and Iraq, and the persecuted Rohingya Muslim population of Myanmar (Burma). We will also be delivering to some of the poorest and most impoverished communities in the world, with beneficiaries in countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Somalia.
The conflict in Syria has led to an unprecedented humanitarian disaster. Since the start of the civil war in 2011, more than 250,000 Syrians have been killed and 4.8 million are refugees. The bulk of them are in Turkey (2 million) and Jordan (630,000).
Men and women who were once used to providing for their families with comfort are now forced to live in makeshift shelters and confront a daily struggle for the essentials of life, including food and water.
This Ramadan, we will again be helping the refugees of Syria to ensure that their suffering is alleviated during this blessed month.
The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar (Burma) are regarded by the United Nations as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.
Estimated to be about 1.5 million in number, they have been denied citizenship, confined to camps and barred from accessing crucial services like medical aid and free movement. Many have undertaken hazardous sea journeys to flee as refugees to other countries.
In Ramadan 2015, with the generous support of our donors, our teams provided food aid to 5,000 people in Rakhine State in Myanmar and to Rohingya refugee camps in Asia. This Ramadan, please continue to show your support for the embattled Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar. One food pack, for £150, will benefit 25 people (compared with 15 in other countries), for the entire month.
AROUND THE WORLD
The needs of impoverished or struggling communities are especially highlighted during Ramadan, with our supporters helping provide essential food to those in need.
The packs are designed to last families for the entire month. They consist of essential items in line with international nutritional standards. As well as food packs, collective iftars are held, bringing together communities to share in the blessings of this special month and Eid gifts are distributed to children.
In Ramadan 2016, we will be helping beneficiaries in Bangladesh; Bosnia; the refugees of the Central African Republic and Cameroon; Pakistan and Tanzania.
* If you wish for your Ramadan Food Packs to be distributed in a specific country, please mention it in the notes section during the donation process. If you leave this empty, we will distribute the Ramadan Food Packs in the most needed area.