TCCSI has donated 7000 pounds of fresh meat, clothes and toys to families in need in Haiti and Dominican Republic.
On September 24, 2015, a group of board members of the Turkish Culture Center of Staten Island, Embrace Relief and Kimse Yok mu Relief which is from Turkey went to Haiti and Dominican Republic in order to deliver the fresh meat, clothes and toys during the trip. TCCSI has donated 7000 pounds of fresh meat, clothes and toys to families in need.
The annual contribution comes as part of observance of Eid Al-Adha, a Muslim festival known as the “Feast of Sacrifice” that was celebrated in September. Islamic custom has observers distribute meat to mark Abraham’s obedience to God while being tested to sacrifice his son.
We visited Harmony Turkish School, Kimse Yokmu Hospital and an orphanage in Haiti. We gave fresh meat, some clothes and toys to children in orphanage, Churches and peoples who live in that area. We are happy to help them but it takes much more work to help to orphans and folks.
According to reports, in 2013 it was reported that 49.1 million people in the United States lived in homes where they were not sure if they would have food for the day or not. Of those 49.1 million people, 40% were not receiving any government food assistance–that’s 1.9 million people without any reliable source of food. This is in the US alone; hunger and poverty in countries such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic and much of sub-Saharan Africa are rampant. Food gives us the energy we need to function and live our daily lives. Hunger is part of a vicious circle. Hunger is a result of poverty, which is a result of unemployment. If a person suffers from hunger, it is likely they are unable to work; if they are unable to work they will stay in poverty, which means staying hungry and the cycle continues.