“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits but give good tidings to the patient.” The Holy Qur’an Chapter 2, Verse 155
When we entered Ramadan in 2020, It was a completely new experience for many, never before have the mosques been closed across the land during the month of Ramadan. Many people experienced loss of health wealth and lives, rarely before has this verse been felt by millions at a single moment in time. The month of Ramadan is not only to abstain from food and drink but a month of giving and spiritual reflection. The year 2021 has been labelled the ‘Year of Hope’ across nations, let’s use this month to restore hope to those in need.
Ramadan is the best month for Muslims to give, to help people not just in Islam but in humanity, “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” – The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Our focus this Ramadan is on the worst place on the face of this earth right now, a place where starvation has honed in, a place where women and children are dying, a place where hope no longer exists but been replaced by helplessness, that place is Yemen. The UN has declared Yemen to be the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. With the country suffering from mass starvation, more than 80 percent of the population lacks food and drinking water. The pandemic has only wreaked havoc on the Yemenis as they are already weakened by starvation and dehydration.
In any war the men are often killed or separated from their families leaving women and children to fend for themselves. The team have witnessed the abuse of women on the ground whilst they try to obtain food aid. Forgotten Women was set up to safeguard women from abuse by making sure all emergency aid is given to women by women.
“Women and girls need to be protected when they are trying to receive basic food aid to survive, sex for aid and sexual exploitation will not be tolerated. Harrowing accounts from the ground in Yemen and Syria makes our work more needed than ever, our mothers and sisters’ lives and dignity are at serious risk.” Lucy Rae, Forgotten Women
Transactional sex involving humanitarian aid is a serious issue that violates the fundamental value of being human. Women are often faced with difficult and compromising situations, either break and submit to the sexual favours requested or go hungry, mothers are often compelled to offer their daughters. Forgotten Women has a strict code of conduct which has zero tolerance to sexual exploitation of the weak and vulnerable. We are here to serve those in need and in the same breath protect those who we serve. To honour our safe aid policy we only allow women on the front line to deliver aid (women to women contact).
We have delivered aid to women by women to over 120,000 women and children in Yemen over the year in remote areas with your help and our aim is to double our reach in this month alone because the need is great. Help save lives and the dignity women, your support is critical as we restore hope this Ramadan 2021.
Restoring Hope in: Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malawi and Somalia
Feed the Fasting: £25 – £50 Yemen, Syria, Pakistan and Bangladesh
Wells of Dignity: £350 – £20,000 Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Malawi
Sadaqah Jariyah: Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Somalia and Malawi
Zakah: Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Somalia and Malawi