The “Good Deeds Day – Almajiri Boys Feeding Initiative” was organized by the One Tribe Initiative to commemorate the international Good Deeds Day and extend a helping hand to the less privileged in Kaduna State. The project involved providing meals for 100 Almajiri boys during the Ramadan fasting season, with the aim of promoting compassion, empathy, and solidarity within the community. The initiative brought together volunteers and sponsors to make a meaningful impact on the lives of these vulnerable children.
In Kaduna State, Almajiri boys, young students of Islamic schools, often face challenging living conditions, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. Many of these boys come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and finding sufficient meals becomes difficult as they focus on their religious studies and fasting obligations. Recognizing the need to support these children during their fasting period and promote the spirit of giving, the One Tribe Initiative embarked on the “Good Deeds Day – Almajiri Boys Feeding Initiative.”
The primary objectives of the activity were as follows:
- Provide Nutritious Meals: Offer wholesome and nutritious meals to 100 Almajiri boys to ensure they had the strength and sustenance to observe their fast-during Ramadan.
- Foster a Sense of Community: Encourage community involvement and engagement in supporting the less privileged, emphasizing the importance of empathy and compassion in creating a cohesive society.
- Raise Awareness: Promote awareness about the challenges faced by Almajiri boys and their need for support and care during Ramadan.
- Planning and Coordination:
- The One Tribe Initiative formed a planning committee to oversee the logistics, fundraising, and execution of the activity.
- Collaborations were established with local Islamic school to identify the beneficiaries and ensure smooth implementation.
- Fundraising and Sponsorship:
- The initiative reached out to local businesses, philanthropists, and individuals to seek financial and in-kind support for the initiative.
- Donations were collected, and sponsors were recognized for their contributions to the project.
- Meal Preparation:
- A team of volunteers, including cooks and food handlers, were organized to prepare the meals on the designated day.
- Emphasis was placed on providing balanced and culturally appropriate meals to the Almajiri boys.
- Feeding Event:
- On the chosen day, the Almajiri boys were invited to a central location, where appropriate arrangements were made to ensure social distancing and adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.
- Volunteers warmly welcomed the boys, creating a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
- Meal Distribution:
- Nutritious meals and water were served to each Almajiri boy, ensuring that their dietary needs were met during the Ramadan fasting period.
- Volunteers engaged with the boys, offering encouragement and showing care and respect.
Impact and Results
- A total of 100 Almajiri boys received nutritious meals during the Good Deeds Day initiative.
- The activity fostered a sense of solidarity and compassion within the community, with volunteers coming together to support the cause.
- The initiative received positive media coverage, raising awareness about the living conditions of Almajiri boys and their need for support.
- Local businesses and individuals expressed interest in further collaborating with the One Tribe Initiative in future endeavors.