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Where to donate this Ramadan to make the month more meaningful

Where to donate this Ramadan to make the month more meaningful

‘Tis blessed to bless others

Text: Natalie Khoo

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Image: Islamic Relief Malaysia

In the true spirit of Ramadan, here’s a list of charity campaigns and donation drives to support and bless those in need

For Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan is as much a season of giving as it is a season of prayer and fasting. During this period, which falls on 2 April until 1 May this year, worshippers are called to show compassion for the poor and less fortunate, whether through financial aid, volunteering, or donating basic essentials and gifts.

It’s no wonder that people often greet each other with the saying “Ramadan Mubarak” or “Ramadan Kareem”, which means “have a blessed and generous month of Ramadan”. In the true spirit of the season, here’s a list of charity campaigns and donation drives to give back to the local community.

MERCY Malaysia Ramadan Relief 2022

Founded in 1999, MERCY Malaysia, also known as Malaysian Medical Relief Society, is a non-profit organisation that provides medical relief, sustainable health-related development, and risk reduction activities for vulnerable communities. The organisation has organised a special relief fund to ensure sufficient food supplies for marginalised communities in Malaysia during the month of Ramadan. Funds from the Ramadan Relief donation drive will be used to buy sahur or iftar food packs for families who are unable to afford food.

For more information, visit this website.

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Islamic Relief Malaysia

In light of the increasing number of people who go hungry around the world due to natural disasters, humanitarian crises, climate change, and the Covid-19 pandemic, Islamic Relief Malaysia launched the Rezeki Ramadan campaign to supply and distribute 8,890 Ramadan food packs to the needy. Running from January 31 to May 2, 2022, the campaign aims to collect RM2.3 million to benefit more than 44,000 beneficiaries in 32 countries including Malaysia. Each food pack includes everyday essentials such as rice, flour, corn, pasta, cereals, beans, canned meat, cooking oil, sugar, tea bags, and dates.

For more information, visit this website.

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UNICEF Malaysia

Water is essential during Ramadan to quench thirst during iftar and ensure the body is rehydrated as well as to cleanse the body before performing prayers. However, many families in conflict-affected countries such as Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and other parts of the world are unable to access clean water. As part of WASH programme, UNICEF Malaysia will be directing Ramadan donations towards providing a community with a water pump, which helps bring safe water closer to home and improve overall health and sanitation so they can commemorate this holy month.

For more information, visit this website.

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Charity Right Malaysia Ramadan Donation Box 2022

Charity Right Malaysia is an international food aid organisation under Mercy Mission Malaysia that serves neglected communities and the less fortunate in the country. For Ramadan this year, the organisation aims to provide 500 underprivileged families with a “special happiness box” consisting of staples such as rice, flour, cooking oil, fresh chicken, and a prayer set so they can observe Ramadan without worrying about their basic needs. The beneficiaries will also include flood victims, families affected by Covid-19, single mothers, and people with disabilities. Donors may opt to gift a food box for RM250 each or donate any amount they can.

For more information, visit this website.

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The Kalsom Movement

The Kalsom Movement is an independent, voluntary student-led charity movement that aims to provide equal education in Malaysia. It has led annual motivation camps throughout the country in the past 28 years, reaching over 4,000 youths. This year, the movement’s goal is to utilise online platforms to support secondary school students in Penang, Kedah, Pahang, and Selangor. To accelerate this mission, the team has launched a Ramadan Donation Drive with the goal of raising at least RM5,000 for its tailored programs to meet students’ needs.

For more information, visit this website.

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Lazada For Good

Lazada Malaysia is joining in the season’s fundraising efforts through its digital giving platform, LazadaForGood, In conjunction with its Ramadan campaign, the platform aims to raise RM2.3 million across the extensive list of registered NGOs it has partnered with. To donate, users simply need to browse the menu of beneficiaries on the platform, choose their preferred donation item and amount starting from as little as RM5, then add to cart and check out. Most of the initiatives listed above are also included in the Lazada For Good initiative, so you can opt to donate via Lazada or search for more initiatives to support through the platform too.

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