Filipino Christians giving packages to needy Filipino Muslims Moving Closer to Peace


In August 2014, during the Muslim holy day of Eid Ul Fitr,  the Zakat Foundation of America has partnered again with the Bayanihan Foundation and made it possible to  distribute 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. In 2014, the Bayanihan Foundation is honored to partner with the members of the Rotary Club of Iligan East who donated their time and helped put together and distributed the food packages.  Filipino Christians giving packages to needy Filipino Muslims created the unintended effect of goodwill, friendship and the slow earning of trust among Filipinos of different faiths and is slowly moving island of Mindanao, Philippines closer to peace.

Bayanihan Foundation partners with the Zakat Foundation and the Rotary Club Iligan East to distribute food packages to need Filipino Muslim families in Iligan, Philippines

Bayanihan Foundation partners with the Zakat Foundation and the Rotary Club Iligan East to distribute food packages to need Filipino Muslim families in Iligan, Philippines during Eid Ul Fitr

Members of Rotary Iligan East distributing food packages for needy Filipino Muslims

Members of Rotary Club Iligan East distributing food packages for needy Filipino Muslims

My uncle Vic Saavedra, my aunt Luz Saavedra, the local Imam Saidali Gandamra, Boy San Luis of Rotary Iligan East and many other Rotarians and local community members volunteered to make it possible the distribution of food packages possible for Filipino Muslim families and children.

Rotary member Boy San Luis of Rotary Iligan East helped spearhead the volunteer efforts

Rotary member Boy San Luis of Rotary Iligan East helped spearhead the volunteer efforts

Dr. Vicente Saavedra helping supervise the distribution of goods

Dr. Vicente Saavedra helped supervise the distribution of goods

Rotarian from Rotary Iligan East distributing food packages

Member from the Rotary Club of Iligan East distributing food packages

I wanted to share more pictures of the successful food distribution during the holy day celebration of Eid Ul Fitr.

Young boy receiving food package for his family

Young boy receiving food package for his family

Young girl, shy but excited to receive her food package for her family

Young girl, shy but excited to receive her food package for her family

The generous financial contribution of  the Zakat Foundation 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 am glad 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.

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About daleasis

President of the Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide
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One Response to Filipino Christians giving packages to needy Filipino Muslims Moving Closer to Peace

  1. daleasis says:

    Reblogged this on Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide and commented:

    On January 27, 2017, US President Trump issued a temporary travel to seven predominantly Muslim nations in the name of national security. I can’t help reflect on the giving that the Bayanihan Foundation has made possible with Filipino Christians helping Filipino Muslims and moving the community closer to peace.

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