Faiza is a 12-year-old girl living in Somalia, the second born in a family of six.

She has spent her entire life in this part of the world, ravaged by war for the last two decades. Apart from the destruction, the war has deprived her of her parents prematurely and now she has to look after her four younger siblings.

On a good day, they may be able to afford a meal for either lunch or dinner. And that would be due to the collective efforts of four sisters and two brothers. Literally, it is a life of hand-to-mouth. So desperate is the situation that they can’t even dream of education or decent housing. Their mud and brick home is all they inherited.

Her neighbours are equally in dire need of help. Many are either old, maimed because of war, frequent diseases with no access to medical care, lack of free movement and the practical impossibility to farm or engage in meaningful business.

They often can’t afford to send their children to school as they have to work to help support the family. Inadequate and unbalanced diets cause high mortality rates among children and the elderly. Some families can eat meat only a few times a year and usually only on special occasions.

But this story is not about Faiza and her siblings alone. There are millions of such needy cases in countries like Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Palestine, Nepal, Bangladesh, and many more!

Many of our Muslim brothers and sisters from these regions have become refugees, with little or no access to formal or casual employment. Lack of education affects job prospects in the future leaving yet another generation to live in poverty and hunger.

According to UNICEF, 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone. We can all join hands to make sure that Faiza and others in similar situations, do not go without something to eat.

While such cases are sad and distressing, there is still a ray of hope. Soon, Eid al-Adha will be here with us and we have an opportunity to put a smile on people like Faiza’s face.

Yes, we can alleviate their suffering. With your generosity, Human Appeal International Australia has been able to provide meat to many disadvantaged people worldwide over the past 25 years.

Last year, with your help, HAIA were able to distribute over 42,000 quality Qurbans in 23 countries. For only $130 your Qurban will be purchased, sacrificed, shipped & distributed in the following countries: Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Jordan, Egypt, Indonesia, Fiji & Vanuatu.

HAIA will also perform the slaughtering of your Qurban locally in these destinations: Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Pakistan, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Cambodia, Nepal and for displaced Syrian, Eritrean and Burmese refugees.

Somalia HAIA Qurban meat  2015

The meat is distributed either fresh, hard- frozen or canned to make it more affordable and accessible for local people.  HAIA officials endeavour to get the healthiest of all available animals and in order to benefit the local economy, we always purchase meet from local suppliers. Each Qurban package contains about three kilograms of meat, which will provide a family with meals for about a week.

In 2016, HAIA hopes to reach 1.8 million people around the world with the meat of Qurban. But this massive and noble venture cannot be achieved alone.

With your help, HAIA can provide more Qurban to millions of needy people and will be honoured to be a source of blessing to the most vulnerable!

Seize the opportunity to send Qurban meat to someone you don’t know, someone you might never meet, and someone whose hope is now in your hands. HAIA commitment is to reach out to as many families as possible and to give them as many Qurbanis as your donation will help us achieve.

Let us make Eid-al-Adha a celebration with a difference this year by helping Faiza and others like her celebrate this important occasion with a smile on their faces.

You can be part of this dream and help make it a reality. Human Appeal International Australia invites you to increase your rewards during this blessed occasion by donating your Qurban to the poor and bring happiness into their lives.