Help feed your neighbours

2015-06-30 06:00
Nakhlistan will aim to feed over 80 000 underpriveledged people on Eid al-Fitr.

Nakhlistan will aim to feed over 80 000 underpriveledged people on Eid al-Fitr.

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Thirty-one years ago, a group of friends noticed that after fasting during the month of Ramadaan, their neighbours, whom they saw and spoke to every day, did not have food on the day of Eid al-Fitr.

When they saw this need in the community, they decided the following year, on the eve of Eid al-Fitr in 1984, to cook two pots of food for their neighbours.

This grew into the organisation Nakhli­stan, which has become a beacon of hope for the needy in the Western Cape. The youth of the ’80s, who saw their parents give to Nakhlistan, are now as adults giving to Nakhlistan too.

“Nakhlistan” is a Persian word that means “an oasis”. Just like an oasis provides sustenance in the desert, the organisation helps the less fortunate through soup kitchens, feeding schemes, ramadaan fitrah parcels, Iftaar (breaking of the fast) to the underprivileged, monthly necessities distributed to needy families and the Eid al-Fitr feeding scheme.

On Eid al-Fitr last year over 85 000 cooked meals were given directly to underprivileged people. This year, Nakhlistan aims to cook 165 pots of akni to feed over 80 000 on the day of Eid al-Fitr, which this year, depending on the sighting of the moon, falls on Mandela Day.

This feat requires four tons of meat and two tons of potatoes alone. Each pot costs almost R3000 and will feed more than 350 people.

Nakhlistan is not state-funded and is solely dependent on financial support from the community.

For more information visit or Nakhlistan on Facebook.

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