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SIDON, Lebanon: As the sun sets every day during the holy month of Ramadan, Umm Faraj waits for her share of iftar along with hundreds of Syrian refugee families in Sidon, most of whom now live in substandard housing still under construction. “Our situation is becoming more tragic with every passing day,” said Umm Faraj, who was displaced with her five children from Idlib nearly a year ago. “My husband, who was our sole provider was killed in Idlib, and we are surviving today because of charitable organizations and philanthropists.”

She said that she had been receiving hot meals every day to break her fast thanks to the Ramadan Charitable Kitchen, a local initiative by the Humanitarian Cooperation Association.

The kitchen is located in a building in Abra, once set to become a school within the Iman Schools, which is the temporary dwelling of numerous Syrian refugees. A room in the building was converted into a kitchen with equipment to prepare iftar meals for 800 refugees every day.

“We gathered information about the Syrian refugees living in the Sidon area and the kitchen was set up in Abra to provide daily, hot iftar meals for them,” said Loay Mansour, the association’s coordinator of Syrian refugee complexes. He added that the kitchen was managed by the Humanitarian Cooperation Association, under the supervision of the Union of Aid Organizations in Sidon, with financial support from the Al-Bunyan Campaign in Kuwait.

With the help of several women and girls to cook the meals in the kitchen, they are able to produce 150 meal packages, which feed up to 800 refugees a day. “We are paying the cooks in the kitchen every day and we have a large number of volunteers who distribute the packages to the refugees,” Mansour said.

The main ingredients are purchased by the organization, which include vegetables, meat and rice. A menu has also been devised whereby the refugees can enjoy a different meal everyday. Each meal includes a main dish with salad, juices, yoghurt and fruits.

“We also distribute 1 kilogram of sweets per week [to every family] in addition to different kinds of pastries,” added Mansour. “Every meal costs us $2 per person.”

A bakery has also been opened in the building which produces bread and manakeesh, as well as pastries and Syrian sweets.

Every day at around sunset, volunteers can be seen rushing to deliver the hot meals to every refugee family.

“This requires some effort, and you need to be very quick because we have to deliver the meals before sunset, so the refugees know that someone is thinking of them and so the food reaches them on time,” said volunteer Mustafa Azour.

While Mustafa al-Karawani, a refugee boy who fled Damascus with his family, eagerly counted the hours until iftar, his mother Majda recounted a time back in Syria, when they were making meals for the impoverished families.

“We could feed ourselves in Damascus, we weren’t a rich family, but we didn’t need anyone,” she said. “I used to provide iftar to several poor families. Today, I feel that God is with me and my family.”



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