NUR ÖZKAN ERBAY
Turkish humanitarian and development agencies reached out to almost 100 countries on five continents, delivering food aid and organizing iftar programs during Ramadan
Turkey has made millions of people all around the world smile during Ramadan. Throughout the holy month, Turkish humanitarian and development agencies’ aid and programs reached almost 100 countries on five continents. In addition to the Ramadan programs, Turkish agencies’ development, humanitarian and emergency aid continued at full speed.
One of the major organizations that came to forefront when it comes to Ramadan aid was the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), which carried out Ramadan programs in 75 countries during the month, where 400,000 people enjoyed the food aid and iftar (fast-breaking) programs. The agency also gave iftar dinners to 1,000 families in Gaza every day. TİKA conducted programs as a part of development and emergency aid initiative during Ramadan in Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Italy, Argentine, Cuba, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Albania, Romania, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Yemen, Tanzania, Namibia, South Sudan, Ghana, Ethiopia, Angola and more.
Turkish nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and aid agencies paid special attention to Idlib, Syria this Ramadan where ongoing conflict has instigated a humanitarian crisis in the region. The Turkish Red Crescent distributed iftar for 10,000 people every day in Idlib, the Turkish Diyanet Foundation also organized iftars for 1,000 people every day in the Atme, Kah and Deir Hassan regions. The Turkish Red Crescent reached an almost 15 million people in Turkey and in many countries all around the world with its food aid and iftar programs. Also, the association carried out programs for orphans in 38 countries on Orphans Day, which is remembered on the 15th day of Ramadan every year. With the theme of “Don’t forget your brothers and sisters, you are an expected one,” Turkish Diyanet Foundation also reached 98 countries and gave TL 22.3 million in aid to millions.
The foundation also gave out outfits to 11,000 kids in Palestine, Niger, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Chad and Bangladesh.
TİKA’s humanitarian, emergency aid works at full speed
In addition to Ramadan programs, Turkish agencies’ development, humanitarian and emergency aid have been resuming full speed.