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IRSA launches global Qurbani project

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International humanitarian organisation Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA) is calling on the broader community to help them feed a family on Eid ul-Adha in South Africa, India, Palestine and Syria amongst other impoverished countries. In an attempt to try and mitigate poverty within the Southern African region, Islamic Relief SA has also identified a number of neighbouring countries as distribution points for this year’s Eidul Adha Qurbani programme.

The world’s largest independent Muslim NGO’s South African office will be slaughtering 6000 goats in Zimbabwe as part of the Eid ul-Adha Qurbani programme. IRSA spokesperson Shanaaz Ebrahim-Gire says the organisation has prioritised vulnerable families most affected by poverty and conflict.

“We are prioritising the elderly, widows, orphan and vulnerable child households as well as many other families within the communities around the Harare area. We have been working in the area for the last five years where we’ve seen this project empower communities. Residents have come up with sustainable development projects,” Ebrahim explained.

While only 500 sheep will be slaughtered in South Africa, Ebrahim says this number could increase based on the support from the donors.

“We have more 40 000 direct beneficiaries from the meat hampers. Over that three days of Tashreeq, at least 40 000 people will have a nutritious meal to eat,” Ebrahim added.

The public is encouraged to show their support by committing to the slaughter of a sheep which ranges from R750. Donations can be made on Islamic Relief’s online payment system or contact 0800 111 8989. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)

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