Food Security

Pass the Plate

Ramadan 2020

Every year Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan by fasting from sunrise to sunset. Unfortunately for hundreds of thousands of families, they will not get the chance to spend this spiritual time in a warm home with nutritious food to break their fast.

The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year – the highest number in the UN refugee agency’s almost 70 years of operations. – UN

Refugees and displaced people are the most vulnerable people on the planet, suffering daily without sufficient housing, access to medicine, doctors, food, or clean water. As the crisis worsens, more and more people are depending on humanitarian agencies like UMR to fill the gaps.

Each year during Ramadan, UMR delivers food packages filled with nutritious items such as beans, rice, flour, oil, canned goods, and more to reach people that have absolutely nothing. We have spoken with families begging for help, telling our field staff that without these resources, they will die.

Me and my children are fasting. What will we eat to break our fast? My children are begging me for food and water!

This Ramadan, these families desperately need your help. Please #PassThePlate to a child in need!

Where We Are Working

Lebanon Kenya
Jordan Somalia
Yemen Sudan
Palestine Pakistan
Bangladesh USA

What We Are Providing

Food Baskets

UMR delivers food packages containing items such as rice, flour, sugar, oil, beans, lentils, tomato paste, pasta, bread, and canned goods.

Water & Sanitation

In addition, we will be building water wells in Pakistan, Somalia and Kenya to ensure that some of the poorest communities are able to find clean drinking water, and prevent the spread of diseases.

Orphan Protection

Children are some of the most vulnerable among these already struggling communities. That is why UMR prioritizes the safety and well-being of children and orphans by providing them with healthcare, education, nutrition and a chance at a future.

Iftars

Each year UMR hosts iftar dinners throughout the month of Ramadan. Last year we were able to serve thousands of people in Yemen and Gaza with warm, nutritious meals.

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Potato and Bread Campaign – Lebanon

In light of the economic meltdown with the wave of COVID-19 crisis, UMR has gathered its team to ensure food security to Lebanon’s most vulnerable communities. UMR is distributing bread and potatoes to more than 50,000 families in Tripoli and Saida areas.

The population of Lebanon is estimated at 6.83 million in 2020. Lebanon has taken in 1.5 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees since 2011. Refugees make up 30% of the country’s population, the highest concentration per capita of refugees in the world. There is an increase in the number of Lebanese and refugees living below the poverty line in Lebanon.

Countrywide anti-establishment protests in October 2019 have sent Lebanon’s economy in free fall and are hitting vulnerable Lebanese and refugees hard, with thousands railing against government corruption and economic mismanagement and deterioration, resulting in purchasing power being dropped and poverty increase. The crisis deepens into another crisis – the Coronavirus pandemic- Since Lebanon was placed on lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, cash-strapped banks have cut access to dollars for depositors already separated from much of their savings by months of tightening controls. Dollar shortages have for months drained it of critical supplies and the cases toll still increases on daily basis. Affects are on monthly payments of rent, food insecurity, health and other necessities.

Families can’t afford their acute need for healthy food, medicines, and cash assistance to get them through this month with Coronavirus spreading alongside the ignited economic downfall that re-erupted in May 2020. Prices skyrocketed from 60%- 300% in Lebanon, with the dollar value reaching 4000 LBP in the black market which resulted in hindering people’s access to food; Bread and Potatoes in particular; for both the producer and the consumer. 49% of Lebanese are worried about access to food, and about 60 % of the population relies directly or indirectly on agricultural activities. Poverty levels spiked across Lebanon. Some analysts are warning that violent demonstrations are likely to grow as living standards plummet and in an acute need of some form of humanitarian assistance.

In response to the issue of food insecurity, UMR will fund two important initiatives to ensure access to basic food and protect vulnerable communities; one is “Salt and Bread” campaign, carried out by community-based initiative, in collaboration with Akkarouna foundation and Heads of Municipalities. They have partnered together to raise fund for the idea of “Akkar Emergency Room”; which aims to produce bread in a small bakery by the community and distribute to 2000 families per day. So far, it has contributed in its first phase to distribute 74900 bread packs to 37450 families in all Tripoli and Saida areas. The second initiative is the Potato campaign; which aims to promote the production of potato farmers and distributing potato packs to families. 5 kilos per family to 35,000 families in Tripoli and Saida areas. 50% Lebanese and 50% Palestinians. These initiatives were inspired by UMR’s essence of giving to the underserved communities to elevate peoples’ spirits during these hard times, which is all about sharing our goodness with each other.

Ramadan 2020

Although UMR provides food assistance through a variety of its programs throughout the year, we give special attention to cultural occasions like Ramadan and Qurbani celebrations to deliver dignified and culturally-sensitive nourishment options. Our Qurbani and Ramadan food programs do not only aim to alleviate poverty and malnourishment with access to nutritious food, but also works to overcome barriers to access and to social inclusion which are specific to refugees, the internally displaced, and marginalized communities.

Here are the updates so far…

YEMEN

May 14, 2020, UMR distributed 100 food parcels to the most vulnerable families in Hudaidah, Yemen. A UMR representative explained that, “people were crying from happiness.”💛 UMR has been working in Yemen for years. From building bakeries to supply people with free bread, to providing orphans with essential care, we are committed to improving the quality of life in Yemen. As we continue to receive donations, we plan on providing as many food packages to as many people as possible.

LEBANON

UMR has been working as quickly as possibly to deliver life-saving food aid in Lebanon.🙏🏼🙏🏼 Just last week, we distributed 211 in the Palestinian Badawi camp in Tripoli. In the next 3 days, distributions will take place in the poorest villages of Tripoli. As we know by now, the economic situation in Lebanon has pushed thousands of people into poverty. While we have begun to ease their suffering, there is a lot more to be done.

JORDAN

Along with our partners @all4jor UMR distributed 500 food parcels to the most vulnerable families in the country. This week, we will be distributing another 500 food packs in Jerash, Amman, Zarqa, Jordan Valley, Marka and Madaba.

USA

UMR has delivered over 500 grocery bags of food to families in need across the U.S. Working with partners like the YMCA of Dallas, TX and Arlington, VA, and volunteers in Philadelphia, PA, recipients received food staples such as cooking oil, fresh bread, produce, pasta, sauce, canned veggies, and more.

Gaza Emergency Appeal

Update: December 19, 2019

Update: November 15, 2019

Renewed fighting in the Gaza strip has left 34 Palestinians dead and over 111 reported injured, many of whom are women and children (1). As the emergency situation in Gaza continues unfolds, UMR is monitoring the developments and responding to the crisis.

Since fighting began on November 12, the newly enacted ceasefire has been strained as attacks and airstrikes continue. In response, UMR has sent emergency food packs and medical kits at the request of the Palestine Ministry of Health (MoH) in an effort to ease the strain on the humanitarian crisis.

[1] https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50430783

 

Update: October 13, 2019

INTERAGENCY EMERGENCY HEALTH KITS

Upon the urgent request of the Palestine Ministry of Health, UMR will be sending 5 Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK) to Gaza. These units consist of two different sets of medicines and medical devices: a Basic Unit and a Supplementary Unit. Each of these units contains sufficient materials to temporary equip medical facilities for 10,000 people for 3 months. Each kit has an expiration date of 2 years. All units are packed and shipped in sturdy boxes so upon arrival in Palestine, the contents arrive in perfect condition and are ready to use.

The complete IEHK can help equip several field hospitals or doctors’ posts with medicines, medical disposables and medical equipment. This ensures that medical relief is readily available in the first months after a major disaster.

Income Generating Farming (Jordan)

UMR – Jordan implemented a project of breeding goats and poultry in the Al-Sahab area, the location was very suitable as the land there is fertile for animal breed. 10 targeted poor families benefited from a herd of 60 female goats and 2 male goats along with 100 poultry with 10 Roosters. Each family got 6 female goats, 10 poultry and 1 Rooster. The project has contributed to improving the monthly income of the poorest families from both Syrian Refugees and host Communities.

Charity Bakeries

In Yemen, over 80% of the population — approximately 24.1 million people — is in need of humanitarian assistance, and the situation is worsening. The ongoing conflict has severely interrupted the availability of food, leaving millions of Yemenis displaced and in need of food assistance.

UMR’s Charity Bakeries provide bread to the most vulnerable families in Yemen. UMR, working with local partners on the ground, has completed the construction of one Charity Bakery in Aden and works in partnership with Mercy Bakery to ensure warm bread and food staples are delivered to the most underprivileged communities.

Charity Bakeries employs staff who are selected from local communities including vulnerable people who are food insecure, women who are widows, and older persons with large families. Ingredients are procured locally, and families of concern are provided with vouchers which are brought to the bakery in exchange for loaves of bread.

Security concerns have left international organizations unable to reach many aid recipients, which highlights the need to procure as many foodstuffs and ingredients as possible from local sources. UMR continues to leverage fluid on-the-ground networks to reach families who lack the basic means to survive and ensure that lack of funds, conflict, or location does not stop people from accessing food.

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