By Tendai Guvamombe
The name speaks for it’s purpose and mandate in which it was designed. No One Sleeps Hungry (NOSH) will be remembered once again for it’s relentless efforts in donating food for the needy across the country.
This has become a norm, to observe what is referred as the “Eid al-Adha” in which meat donations reaches at least 30 thousand families across the country.
This publication visited the old suburb of Adbernie, Harare on Thursday and witnessed 1300 goats and and hundreds of cattle being slaughtered before being donated to vulnerable families.
Mr Afzal Motiwala is the founder of one of Zimbabwe’s listed companies on the stock exchange, Medtech, he is also a philanthropist and heads NOSH.
Speaking to Spotlight Global News, Mr Gashirai Nyemba, the Public Relations Officer of NOSH, said that more than 30 000 families around Zimbabwe were set to benefit from this initiative.
“Our motto is no one sleeps hungry, more than 30 000 families across the country are set to benefit.“NOSH has always been feeding up to 600 people daily in the capital, and we set to increase that number,” explained Nyemba.
Mr Afzal Motiwala, a founder of NOSH/Zimbabwe Relief, expressed joy at the handover ceremony.
“We believe that everyone deserves to have access to food, especially during this time of year, when many families are struggling to make ends meet. We hope that this Qurbani feeding program will help to provide some relief to those in need,” he said.
NOSH/Zimbabwe Relief has been carrying out feeding programs in Zimbabwe for several years.
The organization also provides daily meals to families who are unable to pay school fees or medical bills under the Zimbabwe relief banner.
The organization was amongst the very first responders to mobilize food aid and other essentials to families affected by the earthquake in Türkiye earlier this year under Zimbabwe Relief and is actively involved in packing and distributing monthly food hampers to support individuals in Türkiye affected by the earthquake and those residing in refugee centres in Southern Türkiye.
“Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice,” signifies the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, known as Abraham in Christianity and Judaism, to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as ordered by Allah.
It is one of Islam’s most important celebrations usually last three to four days and are celebrated by millions of Muslims worldwide, the celebration begins on the 10th day of the Muslim calendar lunar month of Dhul-Hajj, at the time of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
“Considered the holiest of the two Eids, the other being Eid al-Fitr, or “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” that commemorates the end of Ramadan, it is one of two major Muslim celebrations observed across the globe each year,” explained Motiwala.
He added that NOSH/Zimbabwe Relief is proud to be able to provide Qurbani to underprivileged families in Zimbabwe during this holy time of year.The organization is committed to helping those in need and ensuring that everyone has access to food.