WHY WE'RE NOT DOING QURBANI
It hasn’t been an easy decision, but after 15 years of consistently delivering your Qurbani, we’re not going to be distributing Qurbani to refugee camps in East Africa in 2022.
If you think cancelling Qurbani is heart-breaking, you’re right. We feel the same as you do. Help us replace what’s lost by donating a food pack that lasts a month for a refugee family.
Firstly and most importantly, if you do nothing else today, please support a refugee family with a monthly food pack, which we are distributing now and all year round. This is essential to nutrition, health, and survival of families living in East African refugee camps.
Nothing can replace Qurbani. It means so much, spiritually and physically. But there’s so much good we can do, together.
SO, WHY ISN'T QURBANI POSSIBLE THIS YEAR?
There are a number of reasons, summarised below:
- Political instability in the region affecting free movement
- Very slow reopening of society post-covid
- High cost of livestock, and prohibitively high general costs
- Logistical pressures affecting transport and slaughter of live animals
- Drought and environmental factors reducing the number of healthy animals
- Safety and security of our teams and the people we serve
FOOD IS MOST IMPORTANT
Qurbani brings a spiritual boost and feel-good factor to refugee camps. But at a basic level it brings food and nutrition. We must replace this using food packs which are currently easier to deliver and more important than ever.
The UN has warned of the severely high risk of famine in the region, due to the effects of climate disasters and global conflicts.
“Up to 20 million people could go hungry this year as delayed rains worsen extreme drought in the Horn of Africa region amid a shortfall in humanitarian aid...”– United Nations World Food Programme, 2022.
Our food projects work towards United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2:
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
We can’t and won’t give up on our true purpose: caring for the forgotten refugees of East Africa.
WHAT HAPPENS IN FUTURE?
This isn’t the end of Qurbani at Ethar. We spent the previous 15 years getting through huge challenges and distributing your Qurbani to those who needed it most.
Next year we’ll evaluate the safety of starting up again, confident of your continued support.