“This year’s Eid-al Qurban Appeal had a special purpose; to sacrifice 100 sheep at the village of Pushgoor in Panjshir Valley, where just a few weeks ago a devastating flood destroyed much of the village.”

In 2018, Mahboba’s Promise directly delivered fresh Qurbani meat to thousands of Afghan people most in need. With gratitude to generous donors, the organisation was able to reach hundreds more families than any year prior.

This Eid Al-Adha, Mahboba’s Promise distributed high quality meat to 6 Provinces in Afghanistan (Kabul, Parwan, Panjshir, Bamyan, Takhar and Badakhshan), most of which were rural areas that are difficult to reach by most other charities.

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The organisation targeted communities and families whom hardly ever receive support and are considered the poorest and most vulnerable, such as children, women and the elderly.

The orphans and widows are handed a bag of fresh Qurbani, enough meat to last months.

The Qurban was sourced from local farmers to ensure they are given the opportunity to use their skills and take part in the Islamic tradition, while simultaneously strengthening the local economy.

The organisation ensured only the healthiest and highest quality Qurban sheep and cows were sacrificed and delivered straight to the targeted communities.

This year’s Eid-al Qurban Appeal had a special purpose; to sacrifice 100 sheep at the village of Pushgoor in Panjshir Valley, where just a few weeks ago a devastating flood destroyed much of the village.

To the people who have lost everything, including their homes, livelihood and loved ones, the days of Eid al-Adha were a much-needed blessing. More than 400 households lost their homes and livelihoods, and while most of these families have taken refuge in the crowded homes of relatives, over 90 families are living in tents.

Over 400 homes were destroyed in Pushgoor Village, with 90 families currently living in tents.

The prospect of a cold and bitter winter spent in these tents loom heavily in the minds of these families, especially the mothers. Qurban was the first step in Mahboba’s Promise’s mission to rebuild the village.

This Eid acted as a reminder that the people of Pushgoor have not been abandoned, nor forgotten. Every morsel swallowed strengthened the hope that more good things are to come.

All in all, two-thousand families were reached during the days of Eid al-Adha, with the remaining meat able to feed the orphans of Kabul, Badakhshan, Panjshir and Takhar Hope Houses for at least a couple of months.

To the people of Pushgoor Village, who have experienced every hardship conceivable, this blessed time was a reminder that there is hope.

If you would like to join Mahboba’s Promise’s mission to rebuild Pushgoor Village, please visit their website at www.mahbobaspromise.org/emergency-flood/ or call (02) 9887 1665.