30 Iftars in 30 Days

How one Abu Dhabi woman is making a difference this Ramadan
Monday , 15 August 2011
Angeli with her god daughter preparing for iftar
Angeli with her god daughter preparing for iftar
One of Angeli's iftars
One of Angeli's iftars

Abu Dhabi resident, Angeli Castillo, has been living in the Emirate for 25 years and this Ramadan she’s set out to make a difference to her community. The freelance photographer and writer has set up the charity project, 30 Iftars in 30 Days, which is designed to aid those less fortunate during the Holy Month. Ahlan! Live’s Shannon Wylie spoke to Angeli to find out all about the iftar initiative.

“The response to my project has been quite overwhelming,” said the 25-year-old. The not for profit project has seen the Angeli serve “ten iftars so far with a couple of suhoor’s as well”, to those people living in the Abu Dhabi area. “I only have 20 more to go,” she continued. “But thankfully a lot of friends and volunteers help me out so it is not as hard as you’d think.”

“Most of the food I get are donations from the Muslim and non-Muslim community that want to help out, but there are days where I buy water, fruits, dates, biscuits and Arabic flat bread myself.” Once Angeli has the food she heads out ready to serve up at sunset. “There is no specific area I target. I basically get the food and go to a mosque or shop that has less fortunate people waiting to break their iftar.”

Want to help out? Contact Angeli if you have food to donate or you want to volunteer your time.

INFO: For more information visit http://30iftars30days.tumblr.com/ or to help out email Angeli at askabout3030@gmail.com.