ACTNews, JAKARTA – After fasting for a month in the month of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated by Muslims around the world. In Indonesia, Eid-ul-Fitr is often celebrated by visiting and giving presents to each other.
However, for the families in Palestine and Syria, the crisis in their country has made it difficult to celebrate Eid like their brothers and sisters in secure countries. Some even have to celebrate the festive day in their refugee camps.
Giving gifts to each other is a tradition that is encouraged by the Prophet (Peace be upon him), but it is something too difficult to do for the families in war-torn countries. They can’t even fulfill their daily needs, let alone giving gifts to others.
To spread the happiness of Eid-ul-Fitr, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) will continue reaching out to Palestinian and Syrian families to deliver Eid Gifts. Director of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT Bambang Triyono stated that the Eid gifts will reach thousands of Palestinian and Syrian families.
“The total of the estimated beneficiaries in Palestine and Syria that will receive Eid Gifts is 1,800 families. Of course, the number ofe the total individual beneficiaries will be bigger,” said Triyono.
In Eid-ul-Fitr 1439 AH, the Eid Gifts that were given consisted of new clothes for the orphans, as well as cash and food packages for poor families in Palestine and Syria. This year, the Eid gifts won’t be much different, according to Triyono.
For Syria, there will be food aid for 300 poor families inside Syria, especially those living in the IDP camps. There will also be packages of new clothes for Syrian children in Turkey, and food aid for 233 Syrian families in Lebanon.
“Insha Allah, there will also be Eid gifts for 500 orphans and financial support for 500 Palestinians families with disabled members,” said Triyono.
Shopping for the Syrian children
Last year, the Syrian children in the Turkish city of Mersin were given a chance to shop for new clothes. ACT volunteers in Turkey brought them to the shopping center. They were very happy to be able to choose their own clothes and shoes.
The war has darkened the life of the Syrian children. Despite already moving to a safe place in Turkey, they still live in economic difficulty. Their Eid-ul-Fitr has never been the same as the Eid that they used to celebrate before the war.
In the end, what matters most for the Syrians and Palestinians in simply to be able to spend time with their families in peace and serenity. Therefore, ACT invites all generous people to support the Eid Gift programs for Syrian and Palestinian families.
“My dear generous friends, the happiness of Eid when we can wear nice clothes and eat nice food should also be felt by the Muslims in Palestine and Syria. Hopefully, these little gifts can bring a glimpse of happiness and smile to them,” concluded Triyono.