Extending their helping hand to the needy section of the society, J&K Yateem Foundation (YF) under Widow Welfare Programme (WWP) and Poor Welfare Programme (PWP), distributed ration and other grocery items among 90 widows prior to the holy month of Ramadhan, at Bhaderwah on Sunday.
A pre-Ramdhan function was organised by J&K Yateem Foundation at its Bhaderwah headquarter located at Qilla Mohallah in which a large number of guests, donors, volunteers and destitute participated.
The function was presided over by the district head volunteer Showket Hayat Malik, where retired Tehsildar Masood Ahmed was the chief guest.
Retired AEE PHE, Manzoor Ahmed Mir and retired ALC Abdul Qayoom Mir were the guests of honour.
The programme started with the recitation of verses of Holy Quran by general secretary of the organisation Irshad Ahmed Rangrez followed by speeches by the volunteers and donors.
While appreciating the concrete steps of J&K Yateem Foundation, the speakers emphasized the need to work for the welfare of widows, orphans, patients and other destitute so that they may share the happiness and blessings of Holy month of Ramadhan.
On this occasion, the relief in the form of ration kits containing food items and other grocery items were distributed among 90 widows belonging to poor families.
“We started with a humble donation of just Rs 25,000 in 2006 and by the grace of Almighty, the contribution has reached to more than 15 lacs this year that too from the donors of Bhaderwah alone, which is very encouraging. We get donations from both Muslims and non-Muslim and our beneficiaries are also chosen irrespective of their religion,” said Tehsil head volunteer, Javed Ahmed Qazi.
“Under our WWP, we are providing financial assistance to 84 families @2000 every alternate month. In addition to monetary help, today we distributed ration and other grocery items among 90 widows especially in view of holly month of Ramadhan and before Eid, we will again distribute the required stuff among them,” Qazi added, saying that foundation has been also extending helping hand for medical aid in case of emergency, one time help to poor families, marriage of orphan and poor girls, education aid for higher education to poor students and disaster management.
Destitutes and widows registered with the foundation are getting regular monetary help in every two months, beside their wards are also being sponsored for higher education.
“I lost my husband in an accident 8 years back and during the trying times, Yateem Foundation came to my rescue and it’s because of their help that my children are getting education,” said a beneficiary of Bhaderwah.
Prominent among those who were present during the function include district head volunteer Showket Hayat Malik, Tehsil head volunteer, Javed Iqbal Qazi, general secretary Irshad Ahmed Rangrez, Abdul Qayoom Kagazgar, Saleem-ur-Rehman Sambri, Mohd Iqbal Ganai, Fareed Ahmed Butt, Dr Nazir Tak, Barkatulla Khateeb, Sajad Sarmadi and others.