Thursday, July 9, 2015
Qatar Charity gives food baskets to the blind in Somalia
Doha: People with special needs are recognised as the society’s most vulnerable group that needs assistance to alleviate its suffering. Qatar Charity attaches considerable importance to this group by involving its members in the projects organised by QC office in Somalia during Ramadan.
The activities include distributing special food baskets to 60 blind people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Each beneficiary received a food basket for satisfying his/her family needs during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The project is unique in its methodology for it gives priority to vulnerable groups in society, particularly to people with special needs who are often marginalised.
This project comes as part of the Iftar project implemented by QC’s office during the Holy Month of Ramadan. The project’s activities include operating Iftar centres in Mogadishu, Bosaso, and Hargeisa, distributing readymade meals among displaced families in camps, and activating the Comprehensive Care Program for sponsored beneficiaries. The project also includes distributing allowances among sponsored persons, honouring gifted orphan students, and organising public celebrations to bring joy and happiness to orphans during the month of mercy and good deeds.
The activities were attended by a host of the city’s dignitaries and Somali governmental officials headed by the official of Hodan directorate in Banader district.
QC’s office in Somalia distributed the allowances of this quarter of the year before the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadan among around 500 Somali families sponsored by QC. The number of sponsored persons in Somalia is around 10,000 including orphans, indigent families, people with special needs, students, teachers, preachers, Imams, and others. The distribution coincided with the advent of the blessed Month of Ramadan to alleviate life’s burdens of indigent families.
Around 54,000 Somalis benefit from QC’s Iftar project, Eid Clothes project, and Zakat Al Fitr project.
In Chad, and specifically at Dar Al Mo’menat Center in N’Djamena, the capital, a large number of those fasting assembled in QC’s Iftar banquet which is one among other banquets QC holds in Chad. In addition, QC distributed, as part of its huge Iftar project that started at the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadan, readymade meals and food baskets among indigent beneficiaries.
In the Iftar banquet at Dar Al Mo’menat, sermons were delivered on the Holy Month of Ramadan, the virtue of fasting and night prayer, and the great reward Allah grants to those who provide Iftar meals to fasting people. This exactly coincides with Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) Hadith that says: “Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast will have a reward like his, his sins will be forgiven, and he will be released from Hell.”
Fasting persons at Dar Al Mo’menat’s banquet in N’Djamena were happy on receiving Iftar meals and for QC’s efforts to alleviate their life’s burdens.