Award-winning humanitarian aid and development charity Human Appeal UK has received a staggering £1,234,000 in donations from the Birmingham mosque Green Lane Masjid. The generous contributions from the people of the local Muslim community, gathered through collections, fundraisers and other charity projects, have been gratefully received by the non-profit organisation.
Providing aid to those who need it most
The Manchester-based organisation is due to put the funds received towards its flour distribution project in Syria. Feeding approximately 200,000 Syrians on a monthly basis, this world renowned scheme provides flour to those who need it most in the war-torn country.
Human Appeal UK estimates the donation will go as far as to feed over 800,000 people in Syria, with the funds equating to approximately 4,000 tonnes of flour. This will be allocated to various bakeries across the country.
“More important than ever”
Around 9.8 million people in Syria are classed as being food insecure, while nearly seven million are severely food insecure. Problems during cropping season in the last few years mean that food production is now at an all time low.
Bread is an important part of the Syrian diet. However, a combination of poor harvests, increased prices in agricultural inputs and the loss of farming infrastructure has caused the cost to spike by nearly 90 per cent. As a result, people are struggling to afford to eat. It’s reported that families are spending more than 50 per cent of their incomes on food.
As pointed out by Chief Executive of Human Appeal Othman Moqbel, it’s now more important than ever to ensure Syrians are getting the aid they need in order to survive.
An on-going success
With support from organisations such as the United Nations, Human Appeal has been delivering aid to besieged areas of Syria since 2011. Today, the humanitarian aid charity has successfully reached out to over three million people with its flour project.
Aside from giving the people of Syria food to eat, the flour distribution project aims to keep bakeries in business, as well as offering workers a stable, regular income and giving them the independence they need going forward.
To find out more about the Human Appeal international flour project and the other types of aid the charity is providing to men, women and children all over the world, you can visit www.humanappeal.org.uk.