On Friday 28 June 2013 Muslim Aid launched its 28th annual Ramadan Campaign at the Arab British Chambers of Commerce in London. The month long campaign will involve staff and volunteers fundraising for projects supporting vulnerable people worldwide including children, women, disabled and the elderly. The theme of the Ramadan campaign ‘Be the Change’ reflects the importance of being aware of the social and economic challenges and taking appropriate action. Muslim Aid aims to use the campaign to reach more people with its ‘Feed the Fasting programme’, revive its ongoing Syria and Myanmar emergency appeals, draw attention to the new internally displaced people in countries such as Mali and Sudan and collect funds for its child sponsorship programme and poverty reduction projects.
Throughout the year, Muslims Aid works to help those living in poverty and hardship through development projects. Its 'Feed the Fasting' programme ensures many thousands receive their vital sustenance during the month of Ramadan. By distributing food packs in the world's poorest regions, from Afghanistan to Albania and Syria to Somalia, Muslim Aid provides a nourishing suhoor (pre-dawn) meal to begin the fast and a refreshing meal for iftar to end the fast at sunset.
Dr Abdul Bari, Secretary of Board of Trustees said at the launch: “In 2013, our Ramadan Campaign aims to inspire people to reflect upon the concept of Change. For some, this change can be a spiritual awakening; for others, it can be a commitment to a new resolution. At the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan, which starts on the 9th of July, we want you to be the change for countless men, women and children who need just a little bit of encouragement to transform their lives.’’
Last year, 250,000 beneficiaries were supported by Muslim Aid’s ‘Feed the Fasting programme’ in 40 countries, spending £360,000. In the UK Muslim Aid also extended its ‘Feed the Fasting’ programme by distributing food to homeless people.