Charitable organisations across Qatar are making preparations for their regular Ramadan campaign to feed hundreds of thousands of poor people in the country and abroad.
Usually, most of these charities set up large tents in various locations to host Iftar and Suhoor for the fasting people, comprising mostly low-income workers, throughout the holy month.
Already, arrangements are underway to pitch Ramadan tents, which usually hold close to a thousand people.
One of such organisations, Zakat Fund plans to set up 10-20 Iftar tents in various locations across Doha and Wakrah during the upcoming Ramadan.
Work is almost complete on a big tent near the Airport health centre.
The fund, which set up large tents in eight locations in the country apart from allocating some QR4mn for its daily Iftar programme during last Ramadan, provides free meals to more than 200,000 people throughout the month each year.
It had received donations and other contributions of up to QR59mn in 2010, enabling the sponsorship of some 13,000 families of which 1,800 were getting a monthly aid, while the others received occasional assistance when needed.
The fund has a total number of 14 offices in addition to 18 collection points in various shopping malls and centres.
Also, another organisation, Qatar Charity, had last year allocated some QR10mn for its Ramadan Iftar programme in the country and abroad.
Six huge air-conditioned tents, where daily Iftar meals were provided to some 125,000 people during Ramadan were set up in areas which have large labour communities including the Doha and Al Khor industrial areas.
The charity also implemented the Iftar Ramadan programme in some 20 other Muslim countries around the world, with priority given to those with special circumstances like Palestine, Somalia, Sudan and Pakistan.
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