One of the initiatives which WF-AID has explored in uplifting humanity at large is the collective marriage programme, most notably that which is undertaken by our ground partners in Pakistan.
The selection procedure is initiated by needy Shia families who want to get married but don’t have the financial resources themselves. They notify the organisation in confidence and submit their joint applications, which are scrutinised and verified for eligibility by the organisation and by Ulama-e-Karam. Deserving families are selected for assistance and thereafter the place and date of the marriage ceremonies are determined.
The organisation arranges for a large community function in which a maximum of 50 couples are present with their families. In this ceremony, the Nikah is recited along with words of wisdom by respected speakers and a wedding feast is prepared. The dowry is arranged by the organisation with all the necessary items.
Guests who are invited to attend the marriage ceremonies include brothers and sisters from other denominations as well as non-Muslims, in order to develop a mutual understanding and relationship between people from all walks of life.
The location of the collective ceremonies are held in particularly needy areas such as Parachinar, District Mianwali, Dera Ismail Khan and Bhakkar. At present, there is a requirement of a large ceremony to take place in Parachinar for 50 couples who have been approved to receive the support. These individuals have been particularly affected by the turbulent situation in the region, either directly by the loss of family members or indirectly with the economic loss of income. The budget is provided in the document below.
The total for the initiative for 50 marriages, including operational and project delivery costs is USD $35,658. This works out at under $715 per couple!
Thank you for helping over half a million people living in need this Shahr Ramadan! 66,168 Total Beneficiaries across India, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Kenya and Zanzibar
Each year, your generous donations provide vital support to people during the Holy month of Ramadan and this year was no different. WF-AID, through our partners on the ground, were helping to ensure that people all around the world feel the blessings of the Holy month.
Our month-long lasting Food Packs helped vulnerable families in poverty stricken and war-torn countries as well as refugees fleeing conflict. This year, we were able to distribute 47,628 Food Packs across 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
As part of our aim to empower impoverished communities, we have worked with our partners to implement long term solutions, allowing communities to work towards earning a living. We have funded cooking and baking courses for 12 displaced Syrian widows and orphans, and provided them with the tools and equipment they need to make goods to sell at the local supermarket. Alhamdulillah, this has been a success so far and the women are enjoying their courses and are already selling the products they make!
This has all only been possible through the generous support from our donors, the hard work of our partners on the ground and tireless volunteers, who have worked through difficult conditions to help facilitate the Ramadan distribution. May Allah (swt) accept your good deeds and reward you all for your efforts.
On behalf of every single one of the 654,532 beneficiaries, I thank you. I hope you enjoy reading this report, which shows some of the impact you have had.
WF-AID’s Ramadan Relief appeal works to help some of the families most in need around the world during the Holy month of Ramadan. We distribute food aid in several countries around the world, including Kenya, India, Pakistan, and Yemen.
Food packs give refugees and families a rare opportunity to receive essential nutritional aid, which can sometimes be the difference between life and death. With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world, the need for food this year was higher than ever. Food markets closed, prices increased, and people were unable to work. Families who rely on community iftars didn’t have that option due to lockdown.
We worked with our partners to ensure each distribution was done safely, with team members wearing full PPE and marking 2m spaces on the ground for the beneficiaries to stand. Each food pack we distributed contained locally sourced items, so your valuable donations not only helped those in immediate need but supported the local economy. As with every year, we made sure that each individual pack was filled with food that is tailored to the tastes and flavours of local diets. Last year, we included hand soaps and cleaning and hygiene products to help people during this pandemic.
The purpose of the aid is to provide families in need with food and cash gifts to ensure they have meals to eat during the Holy month of Ramadan. It also helps to reduce the burden on families in this current climate where COVID-19 has meant millions of people around the world are without employment, therefore making it even harder to put food on the table. It furthermore works as an act of tableegh as it encourages families to focus on their fasting and ibadaat during this Holy month without the worry of how they will eat, therefore allowing communities to establish fasting and prayer as commanded by Allah SWT and the Ahlubayt (Alayhim us salam).
Who Will Benefit
The project will benefit needy children, adults and elderly across Pakistan, India, and Tanzania.
Anjuman Samaji Behbood
The charity started its activities with a profile of general welfare activities and have now branched out to several forms of charitable work such as installing WASH facilities, eye clinics, winter distributions, micro finance projects and of course Ramadan distributions across several deprived areas such as Mianwali, Skardu and Parachinar.
Due to inflation, prices are increasing daily in Punjab and Pakistan as a whole and this is resulting in the poor becoming poorer. Unemployment is very high and in the villages there are many young people who do not have work and are therefore unable to support their families, more so now because of COVID-19.
Bilal Muslim Mission – Tanzania
Temeke District is one of the three districts of Dar es Salaam and has a historic significance for the Khoja Community as it is where the birth of Bilal Muslim Mission was envisioned by AFED in the 60’s.
As BMMT have been involved in community activities for many years their ground research has also established areas where the need differs to others. For example, the number of people per family differs from coastal and non coastal areas due to factors such as polygamy being more common and a high birth rate.
In coastal areas the number of people in one family may be up to 9 whereas non coastal maybe a maximum of 7. This then means the food ration quantity is amended to cover a larger family for one month.
Tanzeemul Makatib was established in 1968 with the aim of ‘upliftment & development’ of the depressed class within the society, especially the Indian Shia Muslim community by propagating education, guidance, awareness and training. Since its establishment, Tanzeemul Makatib has been continuously dedicated towards providing education, raising social awareness, offering social counselling, training, and publishing & distributing text books & other teaching aids etc. contents etc. to the community.
In addition to this, Tanzeemul Makatib distribute food packs and/or cash gifts to those they have identified as in desperate need for the Holy month and have done so for many years.
Imamia Education and Welfare
Established in 1989, Imamia Education and Welfare Trust has been dedicated to socio, economic, education and upliftment of the community. This has mainly been through religious and political classes and events but also providing medical aid and scholarships. They have also been involved in the distribution of food during the month of Ramadan to several areas across Kanataka and Andhra Pradesh for many years.
Details of Provision
The families are provided with a variety of essentials to provide them with sehri and iftar over the Holy month and in some places, communal iftars will take place. Each food pack includes staple and nutritious items such as rice, flour, lentils, chick peas, dates, sugar and tea.
WASH (Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene) Complete Report in Uganda
WF-Aid would like to express its gratitude to the Mohsin & Fauzia Jaffer Foundation USA for their unwavering support for our projects and for assisting humanity at large. In this instance, the Foundation has contributed just shy of USD $21,000 towards our WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) initiative in Uganda, as part of their wider commitment to WF-AID’s Ali Asghar Water Appeal.
The initiative involved the installation of water wells and a repair & maintenance programme for boreholes across three districts in Eastern Uganda, where access to clean, safe drinking water was severely limited. Our ground agency conducted a thorough needs analysis which found that a lack of adequate infrastructure made access to clean water extremely difficult in the scouted areas and had forced the local populace to fetch water from unprotected wells, streams, ponds and still water – which had been causing several waterborne diseases.
They had also noted the severity of the risks posed to girls who fetch water, based on the existing gender roles in this part of the developing world where the burden of responsibility of fetching water is on women and girls. Furthermore, they had found that the average time consumed for fetching water is 4-5 hours per trip, with 2-3 trips per day not being uncommon. Having clean water readily available in a village results in the time consumed in searching for water being converted to other more productive activities, especially in the case of girls having more time in education and in income generating activities. There are also numerous indirect benefits to a water programme such as this, including the increase of healthiness amongst the population (due to a reduced chance of contaminating waterborne diseases) as well as boosting agricultural activities.
The following report will provide an evaluation of the impact of the project with beneficiary statistics and key information, as well as case studies.
Water Well Installation
One aspect of the project involved digging and installing HDW (hand-dug wells) in nine villages across the three districts of Bukedea, Kibuku and Pallisa, in Eastern Uganda. These areas were targeted through the needs analysis due to inadequate government funding for villages with low infrastructure levels and their remoteness.
Each well built serves at least 100 different families, totalling 1,280 families for all nine villages, which the table below summarises:
The cost of digging one well and installing a hand pump was $1,200, with all nine coming to $10,800. This means that the provision of clean, drinking water to a family through HDW’s on average came to $8.44!
HDW’s supplement the existing water sources, such as local wells and boreholes, and are a traditional method of obtaining groundwater in the developing world. The wells are lined with concrete cylinders to prevent pollution or disintegration, as well as a drainage channel to prevent waste water seeping back into the well.
Upon receipt of the funds, the project underwent the following stages: 1. Project initiation meeting with stakeholders and preparation of the work plan. 2. Site visit and inspection of the boreholes to determine the parts to be installed for repair, and assessment of areas to install the HDWs. 3. Selection of vendors and procurement of equipment. 4. Selection of local contractors to implement the project. 5. Implementation. 6. Monitoring, supervision, and training of village health teams on sanitation, usage, and maintenance. 7. Compilation of report.
As noted on point 4, the project involved training water supply caretakers and village health teams per parish. These trained teams form a steering committee on water facilities and health-related problems in the local community. This enhances the sustainability element of the project, which builds the capacity of village health teams and households in water maintenance, sanitation and good hygiene practices.
The below table denotes individual beneficiary statistics per HDW:
Borehole Repair & Maintenance
The other aspect of this project involved repairing 30 existing boreholes, 10 in each district of Bukedea, Pallisa and Kibuku. These existing boreholes had become impractical for use due to spoiled parts such as pipes, rods, valves, pedestals, head assemblies and cylinders – yet had the possibility of functioning as a new borehole once properly repaired and maintained. This is the most efficient manner of preserving an existing borehole well, which has the ability to produce clean water for several years.
The number of beneficiaries per well in each village is between 700-900, which is further noted on subsequent pages.
Beneficiary Breakdown of the Boreholes
The above illustrates that 25,591 individuals will benefit from the repaired and ongoing maintenance of the 30 boreholes.
In this manner, the average cost of the repair and maintenance of each borehole came to $250, with the total cost of all 30 being $7,500. As an analysis, this means that access to clean water for an individual residing in one of these villages cost less than $0.30!