COSARAF Foundation Ramadan Projects 2020

This year Ramadan coincided with the COVID outbreak. We identified a range of risks and worked with local partners to design new delivery mechanisms. As a Foundation, COSARAF continued to help thousands across the world; feeding the fasting and transforming lives for the better.

The Foundation has provided funding for a number of projects as well as continuing to give individual hardship grants to those who are most in need.

Here is a look at some of the major projects we have supported this Ramadan, internationally and in the UK:

Pakistan: Fahmida Begum Foundation
Working with the Mehran Welfare Trust the Fahmida Begum Foundation gave Ramadan food parcels to 700 families in Mehran Town, Karachi. Families were given specific time slots to come and collect their food packages to minimise the risk of COVID infection amongst this vulnerable group.

Bangladesh: DF Foundation
The DF Foundation gave Ramadan food parcels to more than 700 families in Bangladesh. They carried out the procurement, delivery and distribution of food items in two phases, two weeks before the start of Ramadan. Delivery was made by collection only with 2 metre distancing ensured by chalk circles on the ground.

Pakistan: The Noor Project – Lahore
The Noor Project, delivered by the Foundation’s partners at For the Needy & Hungry Foundation, is delivering 3000 food rations a month for three months to the most deprived families in Lahore. In total, thanks to support from the Foundation, these emergency food rations will provide enough food for a staggering 1.8 million meals. Extra rations will be provided during Ramadan to enable families to mark the most holy of months in the Islamic calendar.

India: Join Hands Trust
In the rural area of Madurai in India, the Join Hands Trust distributed food packs to more than 250 poverty-stricken families. The charity’s Ramadan food packs supported the impoverished, orphans, destitute and widows in local communities. These packs ensured that up to 1250 of the poorest people in three villages will be able to prepare an Iftar and Suhoor meal for each day of Ramadan. To avoid over-crowding deliveries were made by volunteers to each family.

Kenya: Shamakha Foundation
In rural communities around Mombasa in Kenya, the Shamakha Foundation distributed up to 1200 food packs. With each food pack sufficient for a family of five, some 6000 individuals in deprived communities received support over Ramadan.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation
Closer to home, the Foundation has once again provided support to the Hertfordshire Community Foundation’s Children’s Fund to provide hardship support for local families.

Herts Welcomes Refugees
The Foundation made a donation to Herts Welcomes Refugees to partially fund the appointment of a Language Support volunteer network coordinator cover 1:1 or group support for Syrian or other refugees in Hertfordshire.

Harrow Central Mosque
The Foundation has also provided support to Harrow Central Mosque to provide daily Iftar parcels for up to 400 elderly, vulnerable and other community members in difficulty.

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Annual Report 2019/2020 published

The Foundation is delighted to publish its Annual Report and accounts for the financial year 2019/20.

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Foundation CEO Jonathan Freeman recognised with an MBE for services to charity

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