The residents of the Muslim Colony have heart-wrenching stories. Many of them are immigrants that fled from war-torn Afghanistan and sought refuge in our lands after losing many of their family members on the dangerous journey. Others are daily wagers that work in the main city on minimum wages. The situation of food security is so dire that many families are completely dependent on the Shrine of Bari Imam for sustenance.
The Shrine is a couple of kilometers away from the slum, however, entire families are willing to travel back and forth multiple times every day on foot for the sake of satisfying their hunger. The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has created a new tirade of problems as the shrine now only opens seldom to entertain the masses. Seeing the predicament of the people of the Muslim Colony, Rizq has established its food bank in the slum. The food bank has currently adopted 150 families for 6 months and is partnering with local community organizations as well so that beneficiaries are equipped with skill-based training simultaneously. This will allow them to support their households after they graduate from our incubation period (are deemed food sustainable by our team).