RIYADH — The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Appeal and Guidance, in cooperation with the Kingdom’s embassies, has completed the implementation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques program to distribute food baskets in 34 countries across the world. More than 97,063 food baskets and 37,180 Iftar meals have been distributed to more than 1,060,475 people since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan in addition to organizing more than 24 collective Iftars in several countries.
Minister Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Sheikh, expressed his gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, and the Crown Prince for this gesture, and for their continued support for all efforts aimed at lending a helping hand to the needy. around the world.
The Minister said that the program has seen a significant increase this year compared to last year, in terms of the number of food baskets distributed and the number of beneficiaries, due to the challenges and repercussions caused by the pandemic.
According to official statistics released by the ministry that oversees the implementation of the program, the quotas of Ramadan baskets distributed during Ramadan included 10 Asian countries, 16 African countries and 4 European countries, in addition to 3 Latin American countries and from Australia. .
According to ministry figures, Jordan received 990 Ramadan baskets, distributed to 9,900 beneficiaries, while in India, 30,000 food baskets were distributed to 300,000 beneficiaries. A total of 7,016 food baskets were distributed in Pakistan for the benefit of 70,160 fasters and in Thailand, 3,000 baskets were distributed to 30,000 beneficiaries. A collective Iftar was organized for 15,000 fasting people in Malaysia, and 12,500 food baskets were distributed in Indonesia in addition to 5,000 meals, distributed to 130,000 people.
In Kazakhstan, 350 food baskets were distributed to 3,500 beneficiaries, and the Philippines’ share amounted to 3,500 Ramadan baskets, which were distributed to 35,000 fasters, and in Mali, 315 food baskets were distributed to 3 150 beneficiaries, and 415 baskets in Djibouti, benefiting 4,150 people, while in South Africa, 325 baskets were distributed to 3,250 fasting people. In Cameron, 32,005 people benefited from the distribution of 3,000 food baskets and 2,005 Iftar meals, while 129,000 Muslims in Bangladesh benefited from 11,250 food baskets and 16,500 Iftar meals.
The ministry also distributed 576 food baskets in Equatorial Guinea reaching 5,760 people, while in Chad 3,000 baskets were distributed to 30,000 fasters, and in Sudan the number of food baskets distributed amounted to 15,000, distributed to 150 000 beneficiaries, while in Kenya 1,500 baskets were distributed for the benefit of 15,000 people, in addition to 800 baskets in Ethiopia, distributed to 8,000 beneficiaries.
In addition, Nigeria received 1,930 baskets, distributed to 19,300 people, Senegal received 630 food baskets, benefiting 6,300 fasting people, the Higher Islamic Institute in the Louga region received 500 baskets, benefiting 5 000 people, and Somalia received 450 baskets, distributed to 4,500 people. , and in Bosnia, the number of baskets distributed amounted to 1,250 distributed to 19,500 beneficiaries, in addition to the nine collective Iftars.
In Macedonia, the number of baskets reached 600, distributed to 6,000 beneficiaries, 50 baskets more than last year, while 650 food baskets were distributed in Kosovo to 6,500 beneficiaries, 1,700 baskets were distributed in Argentina to 17,000 fasters, and 250 baskets were distributed in Tajoura to 2,500 people.
On the strength of these statistics, the ministry concluded the Iftar program for fasters this year, emphasizing that the Kingdom will continue to lend a helping hand to Muslims around the world wherever they are during the month of Ramadan and throughout the month. year without interruption.
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