Sacramento's Afghan refugees are preparing for Ramadan, one of the holiest months of the year for Muslims. During Ramadan, families wake early, before sunrise, and eat a pre-dawn meal, called suhoor, then fast from food and drink until sundown.

After sunset, families gather at home, with friends, or at the local mosque for nightly prayers, called taraweeh, and a community meal called iftar. The holiday Eid al-fitr marks the end of Ramadan.

But, for Sacramento’s newly arrived refugees, Ramadan will look very different this year. Extended family and other loved ones have been left behind in Afghanistan. Large groups will not be able to gather at mosques for nightly prayers, called taraweeh, as is the normal tradition.

Eid al-Fitr may be celebrated with more modest amounts of food as those affected financially will be unable to afford the usual feast.

Will you join us to support refugee families during Ramadan so they can worry less about affording food and more about continuing traditions and building memories in their new home?

  • $500 can provide groceries for the entire month of Ramadan for a family of five
  • $200 can provide a family with a week’s worth of iftar groceries
  • $50 can provide one iftar meal for an entire family
You can help share food with families who might otherwise go hungry during Ramadan. 

Warmest regards,

P.S. Curious about Ramadan? Follow us on Facebook to learn more about Ramadan, and watch for a live cooking demo of a traditional iftar recipe you can try at home!