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SPONSOR FOOD PACKS FOR EUROPEAN REFUGEES

A FOOD PACK COSTS £50! We have been providing food packs and other essential support to refugees in regulated and unregulated camps in Greece and Bosnia since 2019. We now plan to help the desperate refugees stuck in Calais.

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SPONSOR FOOD PACKS FOR EUROPEAN REFUGEES

£390 of £15,000 raised

A FOOD PACK FOR COSTS £50

The refugee crisis is the greatest humanitarian issue of our generation and how we respond will define us for years to come.

Our work with European Refugees

We have been providing food packs and other essential support to refugees in regulated and unregulated camps in Greece and Bosnia since 2019. We now plan to help the desperate refugees stuck in Calais.

Greece

Refugees in Lesvos, Greece have escaped from war zones, crossed hostile borders, and braved the sea, only to end up on the Greek island of Lesvos, where the EU’s racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic migration policies intensified during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bosnia

Bosnia-Herzegovina became the main hub for migrants hoping to reach wealthier European countries after authorities closed the previous migration route through Serbia and Hungary in 2016. Now it’s the shortest possible way to access the EU

In response to a plea for help from a desperate family stuck in the snow on the border we first started our relief efforts in Bosnia, when we helped hundreds of families with food, winter clothing, shoes and materials to repair shelters.

Since then, our partner Salam Aldeen has visited the Bosnian border multiple times and our distributions provide foodpacks to families living in horrendous conditions. The situation on the border is unlikely to change anytime soon, with more and more refugees traveling across the route. Consequently, as one of the only charities assisting these desperate and displaced families, it is inconceivable that we can stop efforts to aid and assist as best we can.

Calais

The refugee camp became notorious in 2015, as 1 million people fled war and danger to come to Europe. Years after it was demolished, 2,000 migrants are still waiting there, at the centre of a political storm.

Please donate to our European Refugee Appeal and help us, help those who are suffering every day in horrible conditions.

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£100 of £15,000 raised

SPONSOR FOOD PACKS FOR LEBANON

A FOOD PACK FOR LEBANON COSTS £40! For nearly two years now, Lebanon has been assailed by compounded crises—specifically, an economic and financial crisis, followed by COVID-19 and, lastly, the explosion at the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020.

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SPONSOR FOOD PACKS FOR LEBANON

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A FOOD PACK FOR LEBANON COSTS £40

For nearly two years now, Lebanon has been assailed by compounded crises—specifically, an economic and financial crisis, followed by COVID-19 and, lastly, the explosion at the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020. Of the three, the economic crisis has had by far the largest (and most persistent) negative impact. The Spring 2021 Lebanon Economic Monitor finds that Lebanon’s economic and financial crisis is likely to rank in the top 10, possibly top three, most severe crises episodes globally since the mid-nineteenth century.

In a report written by The World Bank earlier this year, the bank blamed what it called “deliberately inadequate policy responses” from the governing elite for worsening a financial meltdown “likely to rank in the top 10, possibly top three, most severe crisis episodes globally since the mid-nineteenth century”. More than half the population is now probably below the poverty line, said the report. The 12-month inflation rate has risen to 157.9% in March this year from 10% in January last year. Unemployment has risen to nearly 40% late last year from 28% in February 2020. Access to healthcare has become limited.

Our first aid distribution took place in response to the explosion in Beirut when we distributed hundreds of packs to struggling families.

We now have a regular food pack project in Lebanon.

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£160 of £15,000 raised

SPONSOR A PROJECT IN PAKISTAN

£50 provides a struggling family with a food pack! Pakistan’s poverty rate has decreased in recent years. However, the country’s current economic crisis, mixed with its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, has put many Pakistani citizens out of jobs

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SPONSOR A PROJECT IN PAKISTAN

£160 of £15,000 raised

£50 provides a struggling family with a food pack

£250 provides a family with a water hand pump

£150 provides microfinance to a widow or struggling family.

Pakistan’s poverty rate has decreased in recent years. However, the country’s current economic crisis, mixed with its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, has put many Pakistani citizens out of jobs. This has further increased the poverty rate. The government of Pakistan is doing its best to fight both the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty in Pakistan. So far the government has provided many social welfare programs at a scale that they have never done in history until now. However, there is so much more to do in order for the country to defeat poverty.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the poverty-stricken citizens in Pakistan. These people consist of women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities. They are far more likely to suffer from malnutrition and their health may be weak. Thus, the virus has spread in poverty-stricken communities faster.

We have been working in collaboration with Global Humanitarian Relief Foundation (GHRF) for five years. We have supported each other’s efforts to help as many people as possible. Since 2020 we have successfully carried out the following:

  • 11 water pumps for families living in abject poverty.
  • Sewing machines and vocational training.
  • Microfinance grants for people to set up businesses.
  • Winter grants and clothing for the elderly.
  • Food and practical aid to widows and orphans.

£50 provides a struggling family with a food pack

£250 provides a family with a water hand pump

£150 provides microfinance to a widow or struggling family.

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£2,370 of £20,000 raised

SPONSOR A PROJECT IN PALESTINE

A FOOD PACK FOR GAZA COSTS £40! The Gaza Strip is one of the worst places in the world to live. The long blockade imposed on the Gaza strip has crippled the economy, resulting in high levels of unemployment, food insecurity and aid dependency.

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SPONSOR A PROJECT IN PALESTINE

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A FOOD PACK FOR GAZA COSTS £40!

The Gaza Strip is one of the worst places in the world to live. The long blockade imposed on the Gaza strip has crippled the economy, resulting in high levels of unemployment, food insecurity and aid dependency. Thousands of families are living in slums and makeshift shelters that flood with freezing water when it rains and offer little protection from the harsh winter temperatures. Nights are bitterly cold and fuel for cooking and heating is scarce. Pregnant women and small children are living in these shocking conditions.

An estimated 260,500 people across the strip face gaps and vulnerabilities in accessing adequate shelter, including the vulnerable poor, especially people with disabilities and widowed, separated or abandoned women and families displaced in 2014. A survey released by the Shelter Cluster in OCHA in June 2018 found that 7% of households in Gaza are headed by females; the elderly (7.7 %); and people suffering from disability or chronic illness (17 %).

Many poor households live under unsafe and unhealthy houses that threaten their health. A study indicated that 37% of the poor households live in houses with a ceiling made of metal sheets or asbestos and are not adequately connected to the sanitation network, in addition 24% lack adequate health facilities unsuitable for human use and lack the minimum standards of public health, personal hygiene, privacy and human dignity. Due to this, chronic diseases spread among them (Islamic Relief Palestine, 2017). In 2021 OCHA  identified roughly 359,000 households across the Gaza Strip in need of winterization assistance as their residences are in a precarious condition, including leaking roofs, unsealed windows, damaged walls and lack of insulation.

Gaza has a significant lack of quality medical care, a deficit in medical supplies and poorly paid medical personnel which has led to a protracted health crisis. This is compounded by the almost 13-year blockade by, and conflict with, Israel.

Following the conflict in May, we found a registered Charity in Gaza, with whom we have partnered and with whose support we have been able to provide the following:

  • Hardship grants to victims of the war. 
  • Food packs and qurbani Meat.
  • Toys for children. 
  • Covered the cost of 3 house refurbishments. 
  • Provided 500 Covid19 medicine packs

Every month:

We provide 60 families with a food voucher – £40 per pack

Renovate a home for a desperate family. Renovations cost £3500 per home.

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£2,905 of £15,000 raised

SPONSOR A PROJECT IN AFGHANISTAN

Monthly family food pack costs £50! Afghanistan has been plunged into financial crisis following the Taliban takeover six months ago, worsening an already dire humanitarian situation after 20 years of war and United States occupation.

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SPONSOR A PROJECT IN AFGHANISTAN

£2,905 of £15,000 raised

100 breads cost just £12!

Monthly family food pack costs £50!

Afghanistan has been plunged into financial crisis following the Taliban takeover six months ago, worsening an already dire humanitarian situation after 20 years of war and United States occupation.

More than half of the country’s 38 million population suffers from acute hunger, with nearly 9 million Afghans at risk of famine, according to the United Nations.

The foreign aid that once propped up the country has been slow to return in the wake of US sanctions.

Afghanistan is facing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The Afghan economy has no cash to pay salaries or buy food. Western aid has been suspended because the Taliban government includes designated terrorists. And millions of Afghans face acute malnutrition and starvation in the coming months.

The trickle-down effect has particularly hurt Afghans like Nooruddin, 32, whose story was featured on Al Jazeera. He quit his factory job when his salary was slashed to 3,000 Afghanis (about $30) soon after the Taliban’s return, mistakenly believing he would find something better.

But, with hundreds of thousands unemployed across the country, nothing else was available.

In desperation, he sold a kidney as a short-term fix.

“I regret it now,” he said outside his home, where faded clothes hang from a tree, and a plastic sheet serves as a windowpane.

“I can no longer work. I’m in pain and I cannot lift anything heavy.”

His family now relies for money on his 12-year-old son, who polishes shoes for 70 cents a day. Read more

SWAN are responding to the crisis by working with local partners in setting up a bread shop in Kabul to provide 1000s of bread every day and distributing monthly food packs to families in need.

100 breads cost just £12!

Monthly family food pack costs £50!

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£5,028 of £20,000 raised

SPONSOR RAMADAN #1000MEALSADAY

Last Ramadan SWAN provided over 1000 meals every day throughout Ramadan. We ran 2 soup kitchens and a foodbank and provided hundreds of food parcels and iftars internationally. This year we aim to do the same if not more!!

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SPONSOR RAMADAN #1000MEALSADAY

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Last Ramadan SWAN provided over 1000 meals every day throughout Ramadan. We ran 2 soup kitchens and a foodbank and provided hundreds of food parcels and iftars internationally.

This year we aim to do the same if not more!!

Our plans are as follows and we need your support to achieve them insha’Allah:

In London supported by our partner TCK:

Iftars and Sahoor packs EVERY DAY from our soup kitchens in:

  1. Thornton Heath Masjid
  2. Croydon Masjid
  3. Refugee Hotel in Clapham (run with TCK)

Also Ramadan food parcels to needy and refugee families from our Foodbanks.

INTERNATIONALLY – working with country partners

*ALL ZAKAT ELIGIBLE *

Ramadan Food Packs in:

  • Pakistan
  • Gaza
  • Lebanon
  • Afghanistan
  • Yemen
  • Syria

– EID food vouchers and Children’s gifts in Gaza.

– 5000 bread a day throughout Ramadan in Afghanistan and EVERY DAY in the last ten nights.

– 500 Iftar meals in Gaza EVERY DAY during the last 10 nights.

PLEASE SUPPORT SWAN!!!!

No doubt from today you will all get countless messages on social media and letters through the post asking for your Zakat and Sadaqa from other charities and people. Please consider SWAN for your donations. Our work at SWAN is very transparent. We are led and operated by unpaid volunteers. We only work with international partners who are reputable and on whom we have carried out our due diligence.

We don’t have funds for fancy campaigns. Just the pure intention to help as many people as possible this Ramadan and throughout the year.

Please donate your Sadaqa and Zakat to SWAN this Ramadan.

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