Volunteers at an HSBC-hosted fair for the local community held in Dubai

From Bangladesh to Egypt, HSBC employees have supported dozens of community projects and helped thousands of people during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

In the Middle East and North Africa, HSBC has helped more than 30,000 people through 27 community projects in eight countries via Amanah funds, donations, HSBC funding, and volunteers. Here are a few of the activities HSBC colleagues there, and in other countries around the world, have been involved with during Ramadan:

Holy month

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the month in which the Quran was revealed. It is an important period for prayer and contemplation as well as for charitable giving. During Ramadan, observers fast during daylight hours – only breaking their fast with a meal held at sunset known as iftar.

Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan at a festival known as Eid al-Fitr.

  • Egypt – HSBC helped to deliver food supplies to 3,240 families of the nomadic Ababda tribe who live in the southeast of the country. Volunteers also distributed 350 solar lanterns and water barrels

  • Bangladesh – more than 100 HSBC volunteers arranged iftar for about 1,300 deprived children living in SOS Children’s Villages. HSBC staff and customers in Bangladesh also donated gifts that were distributed to disadvantaged children by Shishu Polli Plus, a charity that works with underprivileged mothers and children

  • Indonesia – colleagues from HSBC and Bank Ekonomi helped to organise iftar events for 850 orphans in 26 cities. Working with Rumah Zakat, a non-profit organisation, HSBC also provided school supplies and food for the orphans

  • UAE – nearly 300 HSBC volunteers hosted a fair for about 2,500 people from the local community. In addition, iftars and activities themed around inclusion, literacy and communication in sign language were also held for 595 underprivileged children and their carers

  • Algeria – about 4,700 meals were sent to Syrian refugees living in Jordan via the Red Crescent

  • Kuwait – volunteers spent iftar with 60 elderly people and distributed 600 sweet boxes to young children in hospitals to celebrate Gargaan, a festival marking the middle of Ramadan

  • Qatar – we provided iftar meals for about 3,000 workers with Red Crescent

  • Malaysia – employees donated their own money and took part in a one-day fast to raise funds for the less fortunate. The money will go to eight community charities that help disadvantaged and vulnerable people

The events organised for Ramadan are in line with HSBC’s wider commitment to help community-based projects. In 2015, HSBC donated USD205 million to charities or non-profit organisations running community projects around the world.

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