Qatar’s Zakat Fund allocates $1.1 million for its daily iftar programme

July 12, 2010
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Qatar’s Zakat Fund has allocated QR 4 million ($1.1 million) for its daily iftar (breaking the fast) programme during Ramadan, a fund official has said.

Around 240,000 people are expected to benefit from the programme to be launched on the first day of the holy month, expected to start on August 11. Muslims use a lunar calendar and the sighting of the crescent will determine the beginning of the month.

The Fund has also allocated QR 5 million ($1.370 million) to provide 1,800 low-income families with meat and other food stuff during the holy month.

Jassim Al Kubaisi, the director of Zakat Fund, said that 13,000 families were sponsored by the Fund and that 1,800 were getting monthly assistance while the others received occasional assistance when needed.

The Fund has opened four new offices near mosques in a number of areas, bringing the total number of offices to 14 in addition to 18 collection points in various shopping malls and centres, Qatari daily Gulf Times reported.

Al Kubaisi said that the Fund received donations and contributions worth QR 59 million ($16.2 million) last Ramadan. He said that he expects this Ramadan’s figure to reach QR 65 million ($17.850 million).

Total revenues for the year are expected to be around QR 150 million ($41.190 million), he said.

 

         

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