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DALLAS, TX August 4, 2023 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian nonprofit, recently distributed fresh meat for 121,231 meals to impoverished families in 14 different countries across Europe, Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East as part of the Islamic season of Udhiyah.

Approximately 20,341 families were given fresh meat from locally-sourced and humanely-slaughtered cows, sheep, or goats. Beneficiaries live in countries such as Afghanistan, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, Togo, and Yemen and include Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh as well as Syrian and Uyghur refugees in Turkiye.

Many of the beneficiaries included orphans, displaced people, women-headed households, and people with disabilities, according to Elizabeth Sohail, program development manager at Baitulmaal.

“Fresh meat is often hard to afford for people struggling with extreme poverty, especially for displaced people or people with disabilities or other hardships,” said Sohail. “Our donors provided moments of joy for these families and made Eid even more special.”

According to the World Health Organization, global hunger rose to 828 million by the end of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest State of Food Security and Nutrition report shows the world is moving backwards in efforts to eliminate hunger and malnutrition.

In addition to seasonal Islamic giving programs, Baitulmaal coordinates emergency aid efforts, water, hygiene and sanitation projects, orphan support programs and other humanitarian aid to under-served populations regardless of faith or nationality. To learn more or donate to these programs, visit

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Texas, the charity has domestic offices and representatives in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey as well as international offices in Europe, Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East.

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