Hawzah News Agency (India, Lucknow) - Upholding the spirit of charity in the auspicious month of Ramadan, a group of volunteers across 10 cities of Uttar Pradesh have become part of a worldwide campaign to feed lakhs of poor, irrespective of religion.
With a target of distributing 150,000 meals across 29 cities of the country in one day, volunteers in the state from Lucknow, Allahabad, Meerut, Noida, Unnao, Bahraich, Aligarh, Bareilly, Mustafabad, Faizabad and Muzaffarnagar distributed over 8,025kg ration to the needy.
A worldwide campaign by non-profit organization Who is Hussain (WIH) was formed in 2012 in London and is run majorly by volunteer support that attempts to raise awareness about Imam Hussain (Prophet Mohammad's grandson) and the tragedy of Karbala of 680 AD. Under the aegis of 'Who Cares', the campaign volunteers in Lucknow distributed food packets in Alamnagar, Talkatora, to street children and widows supported by an NGO and at several orphanages across the city.
"Last year too we had been part of a similar worldwide campaign but this year the target has been raised and packets we distributed had optimum quantity of flour, rice, pulses, oil, sugar, tea, salt and sweets for children," said Alina Kausar, who takes care of WIH awareness campaigns in Lucknow ever since the organization stepped foot in the city three years back. "This is an extension of the charity that is the hallmark of this month specially and otherwise too," she added. In 2016, WIH had organized the 'Give campaign' when on a single day, 1,00,000 meals were distributed worldwide and 75,000 meals were distributed from India alone including from Noida, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Unnao, Bangalore, Bhopal, Pune, Hyderabad, Meerut, Aligarh, Muzaffarnagar, Meman, Srinagar, Mumbai, Vizag, Rae Bareli and Delhi.
This year, with worldwide target raised to 150,000, volunteers from India aim to give away 100,000 meals.