An appeal to provide vital food supplies to thousands of Iraq’s Internally Displaced People (IDPs) is being launched by the AMAR International Charitable Foundation.
Iraq now has 3.4 million IDPs and many families are going hungry, struggling to cope with the loss of their homes and livelihoods after being forced to flee following the Daesh/ISIS invasion.
The Ramadan Meal Appeal will run through the holy month when Muslims traditionally donate to charity. This year though, AMAR hopes to attract not just support from the Islamic Community but help from people of all faiths around the world.
They’ve teamed up with top British-Iraqi chef, Philip Juma, and are asking people to host their own #MyBaghdadKitchen sponsored meal event in their homes.
Philip, the man behind JUMA Kitchen, has designed a series of recipes to ensure everyone has the chance to cook and enjoy the finest and most delicious Iraqi food.
“The whole idea is to raise money for an incredibly important cause, but we wanted people to also have a bit of fun doing it, and what better way than serving up an Iraqi feast?” said Philip.
“Anyone who wants to take part just needs to click on www.amarfoundation.org and download the free #MyBaghdadKitchen toolkit. It includes lots of recipes, bunting, placemats and a collection box. We’d love everyone to give it a go, whether it’s for a Ramadan Iftar meal after the sun goes down, a garden BBQ or to replace the traditional British Sunday lunch,” he added.
The Chairman of the AMAR Foundation, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, says the charity’s traditional Ramadan appeal has become even more important this year.
“There are almost three and a half million Iraqi people that are now refugees in their own country. Their lives have been shattered by Daesh/ISIS. These poor people now call a tent, an old building, or a relative’s floor their home. Their savings are running out and it’s a struggle every day to find food, clean water, medicine and even clothes,” explained the Baroness.
She added: “Hundreds of thousands are barely able to survive and are going hungry on a regular basis. We hope people of all faiths will really want to help by raising as much as they can this Ramadan to buy food boxes which our team on the ground will deliver directly to as many people as we can, right across Iraq. With just £25, AMAR can feed an entire family for a week.”
Founded by Baroness Nicholson 25 years ago, AMAR is now the leading NGO in Iraq and helps rebuild and improve the lives of the country’s poorest and underserved people. Since the Daesh invasion of summer 2014 its teams have been delivering emergency medical and educational support to hundreds of thousands of IDPs.