$50 Will Feed 1 Family
** Update July 3rd 2016, we just finished distributing the rest of the funds we had to give food to around 6,000 people hopefully to last them a month. We will keep the campaign running.
** Update June 25th 2016** Distributed to many in Ramadan. We had to make a choice to remove and not purchase Meet to distribute in order to purchase more of the other foods so we can reach many more starving people. We will have one more distribution Insa'Allah before the Eid with our left over funds. Anything collected after today will be used after Ramadan to purchase more food.
*Update June 10th, 2016** Our next distribution will be sometime in Ramadan Insha'Allah. Due to the overwhelming amount of need, we decided to split the rations between 2 families since it is very difficulty to give one family an entire month supply while another one will not receive any.* We will use all the funds to purchase food, even if its after Ramadan.
On May 1st, 2016 our team arrived at the border of Dire Dawa, Ethopia in the Somalian region, and were devastated by what we saw. The men, women, and children were in desperate need of food because of the previous drought in the region. Not only had most of their livestock died, but many of the villagers died due to starvation. One story in particular really touched our hearts: one of the mothers in the village sent her son to the city with a small baby goat in order to exchange it for some food and water. Sadly, her son never made it. He died on the way due to dehydration. She described how they buried him and how his sandals were brought back to her, serving as the only remaining items she now has to remember him by.
That day, we also met a woman who had just climbed down a mountain in search of a lemon to give to her sick husband since she couldn't afford any medicine. She told us her story, explaining how she lost everything because of the drought and that she had come down to beg for a lemon. We gave her 200 BER ($8 U.S. dollars) and she broke down in tears. She was so happy that she'd be able to purchase what she needed. I told her that we were sent from the other side of the world at the same time that she was searching in that area in order to give her this, because "this is your right from Allah and your Rizq. So keep your faith in Allah strong." She replied that "if it wasn't for Allah being with me and my firm belief in Him, we would have perished long ago."
It's unbelievable how a people with so little are tested with trials so huge. Trials that most of us could not imagine bearing. And in the midst of their trials, we have a part to play. We now have the opportunity to give back to these people and give them something to look forward to after a long, hot day of fasting in the month of Ramadan.
We are planning on distributing the following to each family , give or take: Depends on availability and pricing
- 25 kilograms of Rice
- 5 liters of Cooking oil
- 5 kilograms of Sugar
- 2 kilograms of Dates
- 2 kilograms of Tea
The cost of the above items is roughly $35 per family. However, we are also purchasing cows and will be distributing dehydrated meat to each family. With that, $50 total should be sufficient per family. However this may change and we may purchase different foods instead.
All funds generated in this campaign will be used for food distribution in Ethiopia. We will try to get to as many families as possible during Ramadan and if the funds continue, we will continue to help after Ramadan as well. We will update all donors with pictures and videos of our distribution inshaAllah, so please make sure to donate generously.
"Whoever provides the food for a fasting person to break his fast with, then for him is the same reward as his (the fasting person's), without anything being diminished from the reward of the fasting person." -Prophet Muhammad (saw) [Tirmidhi]
We just finished distributing to 200 families. Please watch the video below and make sure to share so we can reach our goal of 1,000 families.
Disclaimer - We will try to be as accurate as possible but may be able to purchase more or less or different foods, depends on prices and what is availaible. Our promise is however to make sure all of these campaign funds go to Ethiopia to deliver as much food as possible. We will keep this campaign running year round.