Iftar boxes neatly left on sidewalks for low-income people in Patuakhali
The volunteers of an organisation in Patuakhali are arranging iftar for the poor and low-income people in Patuakhali town. Pictures of this initiative recently went viral on social media platforms.
From Circuit House Road towards Sonali Bank in Patuakhali town, 50 packets of iftar items and water bottles are kept on the roadside for the destitute or low-income day labourers who have been fasting amid the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.
This iftar distribution is being organised by a voluntary organisation called "Patuakhalibasi".
Six members of the organisation, all students, have been carrying out this activity since the second day of Ramadan.
Mahmudul Hasan Raihan, convener of "Patuakhalibasi" said, "I am running this iftar arrangement with donations from financially solvent people. If more wealthy people come forward, I will be able to put more iftar items for the helpless during the entire Ramadan."
"If anyone wishes to donate, their names will be kept anonymous. Anyone can send their donations through bKash at this number 01736799979," he said.
Each packet of iftar contains puffed rice, chhola, piaju, potato chop, jilapi, and dates along with a bottle of mineral water.
After fasting all day and working hard, the day-labourers are happily accepting these iftar items.
Due to the countrywide lockdown, low-income people including rickshaw, van, and auto-rickshaw drivers are suffering financially.
"There are very few passengers in the lockdown. The little amount I earn all day is not enough to buy iftar. I pray for those who are doing this for us," said Zakir Hossain, an auto-rickshaw driver.
"I used to break my fast at different mosques in the past. Due to Covid-19 this year, there is no iftar arrangement at any mosque. I will break my fast and pray for those who are organising this," said rickshaw puller Abdur Rahim.