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In Kashmir village, IMRC organizes grand Iftar

Sumbal (Kashmir): US-based Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC) on June 19 organised a grand Iftaar-cum-dinner at Zalpora village in Sumbal Sonawari area of Kashmir under its “Village Iftar Program” for more than 1200 persons including women and children. Most of the people who participated in the Iftar party were labourers, needy  and daily wagers. IMRC started its operations in 1981.It helps run several programmes throughout the country in partnership with over 100 organizations. Besides running schools and colleges, it has  been at the forefront of providing immediate relief to affected victims of 2015 Nepal Earthquake, 2014 Kashmir Floods, 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, 2012 Assam riots, and other natural/man-made calamities.

In Kashmiri tradition, a gathering of four people eat together in one big plate called “trami”, sitting on the ground over a dining spread (dastarkhwan). Same tradition was followed and 300 ‘tramis’ were arranged for serving the meals for this grand Iftar.

“These Iftars are organized with an aim of strengthening brotherhood in the community. It was a huge gathering, where 1200 persons broke their fast together. It was like a festival for them and they appreciated IMRC for organizing such an event in a village,” said IMRC Srinagar volunteer, Syed Tabassum Geelani.

 One more similar grand village Iftar for 1300 persons was held on June 26 at Hasanpora, Tawela village of Bijbehara.
Earlier this month also, IMRC provided 700 families in six districts, viz., Srinagar, Baramulla, Bandipora, Budgam, Pulwama and Anantnag with  ration for the whole month of Ramadan.

 These programmes are funded by the US-based IMRC to feed and help the poor who can’t afford their daily meals.

IMRC’s programme extends beyond providing cooked meals and grains during Ramadan. It also provides an opportunity for children and adults to have a pair of new Eid clothes, which will also be implemented in Kashmir.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2016 on page no. 13

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