District Bagh is a highly populated but underdeveloped district of the state of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. It was among the most affected areas during the earthquake of 2005. The local population is mainly dependent upon farming for their living. However, majority of population do not work in fields of daily wages. Keeping in view the living needs of local population, Muslim Aid Pakis tan has benefited the local communities through implementing a number of projects including Child-sponsorship and Seasonal Programmes. Sharif Fatimah, a widow from a remote village of district Bagh, is one amongst those 200 families who received Ramadan Food Packs from Muslim Aid, this year. This is the first time that Sharif Bibi received any such support from a non-governmental organization.
Sharing her feelings, she tells, “I am a widow and mother of 4 daughters. My husband died 10 years ago and since then I am fighting with graving poverty to look after my family. Having faith in Allah and believing in hard work, I coped with the liability of marriage of my 2 daughters without borrowing from anyone. Our main source of earning is raising goats at home and selling them for our living. My daughters support me in collecting water and grass for our animals.”
Sharif Fatimah was selected by Muslim Aid team during beneficiary assessment in Bagh. Our teams in field make sure during selection that Muslim Aid can reach out to the neediest and deserving families for its distributing of Ramadan Food Packs under its Seasonal Programmes.
Expressing her feelings after receiving food pack containing variety of eatables, Sharif Fatimah says, “I am feeling very happy and satisfied as I never received any such support even from my close relatives, ever before. It would be first time after the death of my husband, that my family will have enough food to observe the holy month of Ramadan. My heartiest prayers are for the staff and donors of Muslim Aid as they enabled us to enjoy the blessings of Ramadan in true spirit. May Allah rewards them high for this noble deed.”