Over the weeks of Ramadan, the Embassy of Turkey in Ghana coordinated with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) and Turkey Diyanet Foundation to distribute Ramadan aid to Muslims in need of assistance all over Ghana. As part of the humanitarian outreach, Turkish Ambassador to Ghana Dr. Özlem Ergün Ulueren visited National Chief Imam Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu to wish him a blessed Ramadan fast and congratulate him on his 102nd birthday.

The Embassy of Turkey distributed 1,000 Ramadan food boxes on behalf of TİKA, through the Office of the Chief Imam, the Vice President’s office, Coalition of Muslim Organizations Ghana (COMOG), Legon branch of Ghana Muslim Students Association and Ayawaso North Municipality. in coordination with the Embassy of Turkey in Ghana, Turkey Diyanet Foundation also distributed 4,500 food packages in Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, Cape Coast, Koforidua and Bawku, along with 1,500 iftar parcels.

Remarking on the assistance provided in the Islamic holy month of Ramada, Ambassador Ulueren described TIKA as a strong arm of the Turkish Government that specialized in humanitarian and development assistance. Ambassador Ulueren noted that the agency operated from 15 program coordination offices in Africa and provided capacity building, technical and development assistance. Diyanet Foundation also continues to engage Ghana’s leaders on several humanitarian projects and recently inaugurated five solar-powered borehole water facilities.

Ambassador Ulueren underlined that humanitarian assistance is an important part of Turkey’s enterprising foreign policy, which reflects the character of the Turkish nation. She said Turkey will continue to be a prominent actor in this field by focusing on the human cause through Turkish official development and humanitarian assistance programs.

In the last few weeks, Muslims around the world fasted in commemoration of Ramadan, one of the holiest months on the Islamic calendar, which  culminated in the celebration of the Eid festival last week. Ramadan is also a time when many Muslims extend humanitarian assistance to fellow Muslims who may not have what it takes to support themselves during that period.