Filipino Christians Provide Food Packages To Needy Filipino Muslims During Ramadan


For the fifth year, I am excited to share with you that  the Zakat Foundation of America has partnered again with the Bayanihan Foundation and sponsored the distribution of hundreds of food packages and providing much-needed food relief to over 1,000 men, women and children during the holy month of Ramadan.  The Zakat Foundation of America, is an international charity organization that helps generous and caring people and reaching out to those in need.

Iligan City (highlighted in red) in the southern island of Mindanao, Philippines

In 2013, the Zakat foundation was also very generous in donating emergency relief goods to the Philippines and helped thousands of families affected by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons in recorded history ever to hit landfall.

Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation (center) joins Murat Kose of the Zakat Foundation (second from right) in distributing relief goods in Tacloban City, Leyte right after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Nov 2013)

Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation (center) joins Murat Kose of the Zakat Foundation (second from right) in distributing relief goods in Tacloban City, Leyte right after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Nov 2013)

My uncle Vic Saavedra, my aunt Luz Saavedra, the local Imam Saidali Gandamra and many local community members volunteered to make it possible the distribution of food packages containing rice, sardines, eggs, powdered milk, soap, pencils and paper for Filipino Muslim families and children.

Filipino Christians distribute food packages to needy Filipino Muslims courtesy of the Zakat Foundation (2012 photo)

Filipino Christians distribute food packages to needy Filipino Muslims courtesy of the Zakat Foundation (2012 photo)

Vicente Saavedra (standing second from left) distributing food packages to Filipino Muslim families in Tambacan village, Iligan (2010 photo)

Uncle Vic, Aunt Luz and many volunteers donated their time in shopping, packaging and distributing over 300 gift packs for Filipino Muslim families that live at or below poverty in Mindanao.  They distributed the food packages to  three different villages and remote areas around Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines.  Many families in the area have anticipated these food packages since they have grown in popularity over the years (see earlier post on food packages in 2010 and 2011).

The continued sharing of food packages among Christians and Muslims in Iligan have created the unintended effect of goodwill, friendship and the slow earning of trust among Filipinos of different faiths.  I agree that these food packages will not solve the deep divide between Christians and Muslims in the island of Mindanao nor heal the deep wounds that are hindering long-lasting peace in the island. However, I’m hopeful that these food packages are a small step to healing and that Filipino Christians giving packages to needy Filipino Muslims is moving us closer to peace.

Advertisements

About daleasis

President of the Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide
This entry was posted in Diaspora Donors, Diaspora Giving, philanthropy, Philippines, Poverty and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s