THE Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School (FTTS) have slaughter 80 to 90 heads of cattle as a form of sacrifice marking the celebration of Eid’l Adha or Feast of Sacrifice on Friday, September 1.
FTTS Director Maruf Celebi said they will distribute the beef to at least 3,600 less privileged families including the soldiers, who were wounded in the ongoing fighting in Marawi City.
They included the wounded soldiers as beneficiaries since they have sacrificed in fighting against the Maute group in Marawi City to attain peace.
The wounded soldiers are now confined at Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga City.
Celebi said the other beneficiaries will include indigent families in the village of Arena Blanco and families displaced by during the 21-day September 2013 Zamboanga siege.
The displaced families are housed in the village of Taluksangay.
Celebi said the beef will be distributed starting Friday, September 1, until Saturday, September 2, in partnership with some government agencies, non-government organizations and civil society organizations.
He said they are celebrating this year’s Eid’l Adha with the support of the Australian Relief Organization (ARO).
ARO director Murat Coskun said his organization has already donated to many countries including the Philippines.
“In Zamboanga (City), we donated 90 cows,” Coskun said.
ARO is a voluntary, not-for-profit and non-government organization (NGO) that is involved in development, relief and advocacy activities for a better world.
It is a large Australian NGO and delivers humanitarian initiatives on a non-discriminatory and non-denominational basis in 22 countries.
“On Eid’l Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, millions of Muslims around the world including the Philippines Commemorate Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son to God who, moved by his devotion, provides a ram to Abraham to be sacrificed instead. The account of Abraham’s devotion can be found in both the Holy Quran in the Muslim faith, and in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible in the Christian faith,” Celebi said.
The Integrated Center for Alternative Development and the Filipino-Turkish NGO, since 1997 have marked the Feast of Sacrifice by providing food and other essentials to indigent families in the country.
The two NGOs now shared beef with some tens of thousands families in different parts of the country like Baguio City, Zamboanga City, Cebu, Davao, and Metro Manila from distributing the beef of 20 cattle in 1997.
On Saturday, September 2, the FTTS with the support of ARO is hosting a lunch with its partner agencies as part of the Eid’l Adha celebration. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)