SINDH, PAKISTAN, April 22, 2021 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently delivered food staples to provide 190,950 meals to underprivileged families in Pakistan, and more are currently being delivered to families struggling with hunger and food insecurity in other countries around the world.
Various distribution points in Pakistan provided food packages to 475 families, including the Sujawal, Tharparkar, and Noshahro Feroz districts in Sindh and the Mansehra district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Aid recipients included widows and underserved families impacted by historic flooding in the last year.
The food packages, which include items such as rice, flour, lentils, potatoes and oil, were distributed for the Ramadan season, a time marked by fasting, charity and worship.
Approximately 1.9 billion Muslims around the world observe the month of Ramadan, but many among them suffer from extreme poverty due to conflict, displacement, natural and man-made disasters, as well as other social, political and economic factors. According to the World Bank, this year saw an increase in poverty levels worldwide — the first rise in a generation of declining levels — due to the global pandemic, conflict, and climate change.
Although poverty was on the decline in Pakistan over the past 15 years, Pakistani government officials expect 10 million more people to fall under the poverty line this year due to the global pandemic and national economic downturn. This will bring those living in poverty up to 60 million across Pakistan. COVID-19 was just one factor impacting families in Pakistan. Last year saw one of the worst monsoon seasons in Pakistan, which killed 400, injured hundreds more, and displaced an estimated 200,000.
Baitulmaal provides food, water, medicine, healthcare and other aid to people in Pakistan, and plans to deliver 3.9M meals during the 2021 Ramadan season to those in need around the world. The charity also collects and distributes zakat funds on behalf of their donors. If you would like to learn more or contribute to these programs at Baitulmaal, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the charity has offices in: Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Nairobi, Kenya; Mogadishu, Somalia; Amman and Al Ramtha, Jordan; and Karachi, Pakistan.
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