|NGOs to distribute meat among the poor - Business Recorder (blog)|
|Friday, 26 October 2012 16:51|
Charitable organisations have announced to distribute millions of kilogrammes sacrificial meat among needy and calamity-hit people of Pakistan. Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan, the country's largest none government charitable organisation has announced to distribute sacrificial meat among over 0.6 million families across the country including flood-hit areas of Sindh and Balochistan.
They informed that special arrangements had been made to sacrifice animals in the calamity-hit areas like Balakot and Jafarabad to distribute sacrificial meat to the affected families. Aijazullah Khan, Director Operation Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan, informed that Alkhidmat Foundation had spent some Rs 140 million on "Qurbani Project 2011" and cumulatively sacrificed over 3,500 cows/ buffalo and 2,000 goats during last year. Last year Rs 10 million were spent in Punjab, Rs 35 million in Sindh, Rs 34 million in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Rs 9.2 million in AJK, rupees eight million in Fata and worth Rs 43 million sacrifice meat was distributed through head office of Alkhidmat Foundation, he added.
"We have planned to sacrifice about 5,000 cows/buffalo and 3,000 goats for needy and calamity-hit peoples under the "Qurbani Project 2012" with support of local and foreign donors," Aijazullah said. Besides this, local units of Alkhidmat Foundation had also made arrangement to collect and distribute meat among needy and poor families in different localities or small parts of the country, he informed.
He claimed that Alkhidmat Foundation was the single largest NGO in the country, which had across the country network and organising distribution of meat at a large scale. "This year over 0.6 million families will directly take benefit through Qurbani project", he mentioned. The sacrificial meat would be distributed during three days of the Eid-ul-Azha in different parts of the country, in which the Alkhidmat volunteers would take part in distribution process, he added.
Talking about the flood camps, Aijazullah said Alkhidmat would sacrifice animals in Jacobabad, Rattodaro, Shahadkot, Dera Allah Yar, Jafarabad, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajan Pur and other affected areas. The animals to be sacrificed, being purchased in target regions by making sure that the animals meet the conditions for sacrifice and the animals would be sacrificed in accordance with Islamic regulations, he said, adding the sacrificial meat would be distributed to people in need in person.
"Karachi, Hydrabad, flood area of Sindh, Sukkur, Lahore, DG Khan, Multan, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sialkot, Mansehra, Balakot, Jalozai Camp, Peshawar, Charsaddah, Swat, Quetta, Ziarat, Loralai and Pasheen are some of leading cities, where sacrificed meat will be distributed," Aijazullah Khan said.
Edhi Foundation, the most trusted name in Pakistan, is also organising the distribution of sacrificial meat through its centres across the country. Anwar Kazmi, spokesman of Edhi Foundation said Edhi was an NGO that had been in the business of providing social services like medical care, emergency services, air ambulances, burial services, mental habitats, old homes, child welfare services, abused women safe houses and training facilities for the disadvantaged. Edhi's founder Abdul Sattar Edhi would personally look after the distribution of meat during Eid days, he informed. He said Edhi's sacrifice meat would reach about over 50,000 families and especially for those, which were unable to purchase meat. Thousands of goats and cows had been purchased to sacrifice on Eid day, he added.
Alamgir Welfare Trust International (AWT) has announced to distribute sacrifice meat among 15,000 families this year. Shakil Dehalvi, AWT Director Public Relation informed AWT had been providing social welfare services in the country since 1993 and it operated with integrity, honesty and sincerity. Talking about the sacrifice meat, he said that meat distribution would be held through a computerised system to ensure transparency and proper distribution of meat.
He said last year AWT distributed meat among 10,000 families and this year "we have planned for 15,000 needy and poor families. We issued token of meat through reputable personalities to ensure the target delivery of sacrifice meat", he mentioned. He aid initially AWT was working only in Karachi, however had planned to expend its network in other cities of the country. Saylani Welfare International Trust will arrange distribution of sacrifice meat in five major cities including Karachi, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Kashmir and KP, said Amir Madni spokesman of the Trust. He said this year some 25,000 families would be facilitated with Saylani Trust's sacrifice meat.
Amir said the Trust would also arrange distribution of meat in Osta Muhammad Balochistan, where a medical camp is already working, "We have a large network of distribution through volunteers that make possible proper delivery of meat", he added. Amir said besides sacrifice meat, Saylani distributed meat every day and at least 100 goats were slaughtered which were received in the form of Sadqa and Aqiqa.
"With the help of the inquiry teams, the organisation is able to find people suffering from severe diseases such as TB, cancer and the meat is distributed among them. This meat is also used to cook food for the poor patients at the Jinnah Medical and NICH hospital. Also, it is sent to the hostels for poor students", he added. He said Ramazan and Eid Packages during the month of Ramazan, special Eid packages were distributed among 50,000 poor families, each package for a single family consisted of clothes for both children and adults, with cash amount of Rs 1,200 per family.