A volunteer with Al-Reaaya Organization distributes food to a family in Old Sidon. (Photo Courtesy of Al-Reaaya)
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Umm Salim, a widow, refuses to have her iftar meal in a mosque or public hall.Al-Reaaya Organization, one of the foundations of the Islamic Welfare Association, recently launched Ramadan El Kheir 2014, a project that includes a range of programs and activities aimed at bringing joy to poor families in the southern city of Sidon and some towns in the south, primarily by providing iftar meals.According to media officer Ghassan Hanqir, they distribute iftar meals to 12,700 fasting individuals, food to 1,800 families, new clothes to 2,500 children, presents to 1,000 orphans, hijabs to 150 young girls and of course the Ramadan traditional alms for needy families. "We found years ago that there was a large group of people in dire need of iftars during Ramadan, but this large group refuses to come to mosques public halls and private lobbies because they are too proud and they don't want anyone to see them," Hanqir said.The organization thus resorts to delivering the meals to their homes instead, to stop them from going hungry during the festive period. One family meal costs between $10 and $16, Hanqir said, and the organization sometimes offers up to three meals, depending on the size of the family.
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