Humanitarian charity Human Appeal has received overwhelming support from Green Lane Masjid – a mosque and community centre based in Birmingham. The non-profit charity has been given a generous £1,234,000, with the funds raised going towards its flour distribution project in Syria.
Described by the charity’s Chief Executive Othman Moqbel as a “staggering amount”, the money was mainly donated by members of the Birmingham Muslim community, with the majority of the funds being raised through collections at the mosque or through Human Appeal events and street collections.
An alarming situation
The current situation in Syria is alarming to say the least. Since 2011, the country has been in a state of conflict and unrest. Currently, over 9 million people are food insecure and food production is at an all time low. It’s estimated that the harvest is around 1.5million tonnes, which is significantly lower than the average before the war broke out.
Bread is an important part of the Syrian diet. However, as harvest declines, price spikes in agricultural inputs and decline of infrastructure means that the cost of bread has risen by nearly 90 per cent. A bag of bread costs approximately 300 Syrian pounds, making it difficult for families to afford the food they so desperately need.
Helping those who need it most
Working in partnership with the United Nations, Human Appeal’s flour project can feed 200,000 Syrians each month. Since 2011, it has been delivering flour to the most hard-to-reach areas of the country. So far, the organisation has been able to reach nearly four million men, women and children who are in urgent need of help.
Aside from feeding families, the flour helps keep bakeries in business. As a result, they are able to pay their workers a steady income, helping them to become independent without the need of humanitarian assistance. Human Appeal has been able to provide bread for over 208,000 beneficiaries each month.
Othman Moqbel has expressed his sincere gratitude for the donated funds, pointing out that £1.2million is enough to deliver over 4,000 tonnes of flour. This could feed over 800,000 Syrians.
In order for it to continue its work across the globe providing humanitarian aid, the charity needs your help. To find out more about Human Appeal events in your area and how you can help make a difference, you can visit www.humanappeal.org.uk.