Turkish NGO helps Austrian homeless
(zaman) - Friede, the Turkish Peace Institute for Dialogue, served meat to homeless people in the in the Austrian capital of Vienna during and after the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha.
Gruft, the branch of Austria's biggest charity organization Caritas, established a kitchen in a refurbished underground graveyard of a church. The kitchen provides homeless with meals and a place to stay overnight. Friede donated 30 kg of meat to be served at the kitchen, reports Trend.
Arhan Kardas, secretary-general of Friede, said that it was sad for such a prosperous country to still have homeless people on the streets. Kardas recalled that Islam stipulates its believers to donate two-thirds of the meat of animals they scarified during Eid al Adha.
"We are very happy to provide two or three day's meat for the people frequenting the kitchen", he added.
The charity organization Gruft provides meals for some 200 homeless people a day.
"These people rarely have the opportunity to eat meat," Maria Pint, Gruft's manager, told Cihan News Agency. She requested the Muslims not to forget the poor during the Ramadan- the holy month of fasting for Muslims.
Pint also remarked that it would be nice if Muslims organized fast-breaking dinners at the centre. She went on to say that they organized sports and cultural activities such as chess, hiking and painting for those people to help them gain self-confidence.