Mariam is a mother to 6 children, aged 7 to 19 years old. Since her husband passed away, Mariam has juggled her small business selling soap, shoes and brooms with staying home to look after her children. However, the little she earns is not enough to provide regular and quality food to her children.
“With my low income, it is quite impossible to have meat regularly in our diet.”
Mariam and her family live in Mali, where they are supported by Islamic Relief’s orphan sponsorship programme. This means her children are now attending school and are able to access healthcare services, but despite this support, half of Mariam’s income is spent on food and eating meat remains a rare treat.
“We only eat meat in quantity during big events like Eid and when I receive the sponsorship allowance. It makes my children happy once in a while.”
Helping those who need it most
In Mali, korban distributions seek to ease the hunger of people trapped in poverty, particularly orphans, people with disabilities and households headed by women.
Mariam and her children are among a growing number of families around the world who need additional help to put food on the table. A staggering 1 in 9 people worldwide currently face chronic hunger. This growing global crisis is why, in 2022, Islamic Relief’s korban meat distributions aim to reach more people than ever before, bringing much needed respite to millions of people on the blessed days of Eid.
“I have no words to describe how important and valuable this meat pack is for me and my family… I would like to say words of thanks to Islamic Relief for its invaluable support to us. You are truly lifesavers.”
Alhamdulillah, your donations provided a critical source of protein to vulnerable families and individuals across the globe.