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.


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.

Medical Shipments

UMR boasts a strong medical gifts-in-kind supply chain. We work with private medical providers to procure medical supplies ranging from disposables such as gloves, bandages, and prescription medications to equipment critical to the success of a healthcare institution such as x-ray and ultrasound machines. This is a critical tool for capacity building of hospitals as it frees up monetary resources to hire new doctors and reduce the cost burden on patients.

UMR has provided medical shipments containing life-saving medicine and supplies to Yemen, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, Jordan and Lebanon, and continues to send containers to countries in need.

Eid Gifts for Orphans

Eid is a day of celebration and happiness for Muslims throughout the world. However, for many children, this happiness is tarnished by poverty, depriving them the luxury of new clothes even on this festive day.

This year, why not donate an Eid gift and make this wonderful celebration really special for a vulnerable child? Our Eid gifts only cost $25 and will put a smile on the face of a little orphan.

Back to School

What Would Your Children Do IF THEY WERE NOT IN SCHOOL?

Whether it be due to poverty, war, or displacement, thousands of children in Jordan, Kenya, & Lebanon are unable to attend to school. What most people don’t realize is that when children are deprived of education, oftentimes they are forced into child labor or child marriage. The UN says 180,000 refugee children living in Lebanon are forgoing an education to work long hours for as little as $2/day.

Many children in the refugee camps lack even the most basic school supplies. Parents, having limited funds, are faced with a predicament- putting food on the table or supplying pencils to write with. Hunger, almost always, takes precedence.

UMR’s annual Back to School Campaign aims to reduce the chances that children are left out of schools.

How You Can Help

When the opportunity of education is taken away, usually the chance of a successful future disappears along with it. It is time that we start recognizing education as a right, not a privilege.

With your generous donations, UMR provides children in Jordan, Kenya, & Lebanon with a backpack filled with school supplies such as pencils, crayons, rulers, and erasers.

Give a child a chance to hope, learn, and dream. One backpack can bring a child closer to achieving their goals, regardless of where life has taken them.

Don’t let another child get left behind.


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