Dubai: More than 600,000 meals have been distributed in villages and underprivileged communities of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan as part of ‘100 Million Meals’ campaign.
Food parcels, equivalent to 200,000 meals in each country in Central Asia, were distributed in collaboration with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment (MBRCH), the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, local authorities and humanitarian organizations to ensure wide and swift outreach to people most in need.
About 3,100 families, with an average of seven members, received parcels carrying easy-to-store food items including flour, rice, sugar, and oil that enable them to prepare their own meals for one month.
Each food basket sustains a family of seven for a month in each of the three countries, as the massive food distribution drive continues with aim to provide food aid across 30 countries.
The ‘100 Million Meals’ campaign, organised by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), concluded earlier in May this year with double the targeted donations, securing a whopping 216 million meals.
Ebrahim Mohammed Bu Melha, Adviser of the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of MBRCH, said: “As part of MBRCH’s role as a strategic partner, we have dedicated all the necessary resources and galvanised our wide network of partners to support the implementation of ‘100 Million Meals’ campaign, which aims to provide food aid to the less fortunate across the globe.”
He noted that the cooperation with stakeholders was key to the success of ‘100 Million Meals’ campaign, which embodies the values and principles of the UAE that positioned it as a global leader in humanitarian aid.
Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs, said: “The ‘100 Million Meals’ campaign united the UAE’s diverse society, with all its nationalities and cultures, under the common goal of empowering people in need in 30 countries. The overwhelming influx of donations is testament to the deeply-embedded humanitarian values in the UAE’s society and people’s keenness to support humanitarian aid campaigns to help vulnerable communities across the world.”
He added: “Malnutrition and hunger threaten more than 821 million people in our world today. The COVID-19 outbreak has intensified the hunger crisis among already-vulnerable populations.”
“Swiftly and efficiently distributing more than 600,000 meals amid such critical conditions in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, illustrates the campaign’s solid logistical network and dedicated humanitarian workers and personnel,” said Al Shamsi.
In cities and villages
In Kazakhstan, the distribution of food parcels was carried out in cooperation with the Ummah Charity Association and reached the cities of Nur-Sultan, Almaty, and Shymkent, as well as villages in the Karaganda and Turkestan provinces.
In Tajikistan, food parcels were distributed in cooperation with the Tajikistan Charity Association in the city of Jayhun and Waru village in Waru district, the city of Hisor and Shar-Shar village in Sibestan district, Danghara city and Zamin Nu village in Panj district, and Argink village in Khanqah Kohi district.
In Kyrgyzstan, food parcels were delivered to beneficiaries in cooperation with the Charity Works Association in the capital Bishkek, the Mayo region, in the countryside of Bishkek in the Qlais Urdu region, and the Alamedin region.
The ‘100 Million Meals’ campaign provides food support in cooperation with local charity and humanitarian organizations in 30 beneficiary countries including Sudan, Yemen, Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Angola, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Burundi, Benin, Kosovo, and Brazil.
Food Safety Net
MBRGI organised the ‘100 Million Meals’ campaign during the Holy Month of Ramadan in 2021 to provide food aid for those in need across 30 countries, as part of the UAE’s contribution to global efforts to beat hunger and malnutrition.
The campaign comes under the Humanitarian Aid and Relief pillar, one of the five main pillars that comprise the work of MBRGI, and represents a practical response to one of the biggest challenges facing the world today – hunger and malnutrition.
MBRGI has partnered with MBRCH, the UN World Food Programme, the Food Banking Regional Network, and humanitarian and charity organizations in beneficiary countries to ensure food distribution to the doorsteps of targeted communities.