Thanks to the generous support of many brothers and sisters in Afghanistan, Mahboba’s Promise distributed food to over 1,200 widows, orphans and vulnerable families through our Qurban campaign aligned with the Eid-ul-Adha festival in July 2022.
Spiritual Significance of Eid-ul-Adha for Muslims
Marking the culmination of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Eid-ul-Adha is the most significant festival in the Islamic calendar. It is a time of reunion, renewal and forgiveness for families, friends and communities, centring around the ceremonial sacrifice of livestock in remembrance of the devotion of Ibrahim and Ismael to Allah. The spoils of the sacrifice, known as qurban, are shared among family members, friends and the poor, with the aim of ensuring that every Muslim is able to eat qurban meat during the festival. For many among the most disadvantaged communities this is their only opportunity to eat meat throughout the year.
As we have done for many years, Mahboba’s Promise delivered a Qurban Campaign calling for donations of livestock from the Afghan community. The donations received at our facilities throughout Afghanistan were processed by the Mahboba’s Promise Afghanistan team and distributed to those in need.
Our campaign team first focused on Panjshir Province, home to many disadvantaged families. On the first day of Eid-ul-Adha qurban meat packs were provided to 100 families who gathered at our Panjshir Orphanage in Abdara Village. Our mobile team ensured that the more remote areas would not be neglected, distributing meat packs to 400 families living in 6 districts throughout the mountainous and picturesque province of Panjshir.
Our team then moved to Kabul, providing qurban meat packs to 500 families through our Kabul Hope House on the second day of Eid-ul-Adha. A young girl named Mehrangiz and her widowed mother were among the grateful recipients.
“This is the first time that we received Qurban meat from here and I can eat meat with my siblings and celebrate Eid days happily, “ said Mehrangiz. “Thank you for giving us Qurban meat!”
Simultaneously, our mobile team distributed meat packs to the Barikab refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul. The qurban meat was gratefully received by 75 displaced families living in the camp.
On the third and final day of the campaign, the continued generosity of our brothers and sisters enabled us to provide meat packs to 50 more widowed families in Kabul who did not receive them on the preceding day.
The 2022 Qurban Campaign was a great success, with meat packs from 330 donated livestock provided to 1215 disadvantaged families throughout Afghanistan. Beyond the health benefits of obtaining rare nourishment from a protein