Turkey distributes meat to over 85,000 families in South Africa, Lesotho
Ahmet Yılmaz, the social affairs counselor at the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria, said they gave out meat as part of Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, between July 22 and Aug. 3, in nearly 100 locations.
The project was led by the Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (TDV) in cooperation with Jamiatul Ulama South Africa, Muslim Judicial Council, AwqafSA, Darul Uloom Zakariyya and al-Qaasim Islamic Center, Yılmaz told Anadolu Agency in an interview.
He said the meat was distributed in major South African cities including Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Pretoria.
The Diyanet Foundation has been conducting meat distribution in South Africa since 2013, and this year's program was headed by Yılmaz, who was appointed to the position in February.
Yılmaz said he also arranged a Ramadan food distribution program in cooperation with their South African partner organizations. “Food packages were delivered to 800 families in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town,’’ he said.
The counselor said that the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs and Diyanet Foundation want to reach out to more families in need in cooperation and solidarity with government authorities.