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A group of Muslim Aid staff and volunteers went to the Hopetown Salvation Army and Booth House homeless shelters on Friday 27th July 2012. The team provided food for roughly 125 residents. The food ranging from lamb biryani to vegetable pakoras and chicken samosas formed part of Muslim Aid’s annual Feed the Fasting programme.
A spokesperson from Muslim Aid said “During the month of Ramadan Muslims should make a conscious effort to be aware of the needs of those around them and offer help where possible. This year we decided to reach more of those who are vulnerable within the UK and help those who are hungry as part of the Feed the Fasting programme.”
One particular story that hit home was that of a woman who had endured domestic violence and was hospitalized. At this point, the authorities got involved and admitted her into homeless accommodation. Although free from abuse, she finds it difficult to socialise with others as English is not her first language and she has no relatives or friends who can offer her support. Alone and feeling neglected, this woman showed a great amount of appreciation to the staff and volunteers as she realised that people within the community care about issues such as homelessness and hunger.
With an estimated 20,000 people homeless in London alone, many of whom are from ethnic minority communities, these stories highlight the need to increase support to the growing number of homeless people in the UK. Muslim Aid aims to continue to develop its UK Programmes so that more people like those we met last week can be helped.