CEO of Islamic Relief USA Appointed to U.S. State Department Working Group
Abed Ayoub, CEO of Islamic Relief USA, has been appointed to the U.S. State Departmentâ€™s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group to help inform U.S. policy.
Along with the other members, Ayoub will take part in dialogue and provide input on relevant topics including the challenges and opportunities for partnership. The group also will identify model action programs or projects for collaboration between the U.S. government and NGOs.
â€œWe feel honored to be in this group, working with diverse leaders,â€ Ayoub said. â€œAs a humanitarian organization, we can bring a lot to the table. Unfortunately, most of the disasters in the world are in the Muslim world, and weâ€™re hoping that we can maximize the benefits going to the beneficiaries by being in this group.â€
The Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group is divided into sub-groups. Ayoub will serve on the Sub-Group on Faith-Based Groups and Development and Humanitarian Assistance, which examines faith-based organizationsâ€™ challenges, opportunities and resources in addressing societal needs for such assistance. This forum also will work to ensure NGOsâ€™ freedom to operate and deliver humanitarian aid.
Other members of the Development and Humanitarian Assistance sub-group include Richard Stearns, President/CEO of World Vision; Carolyn Woo, CEO of Catholic Relief Services; David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World; and Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service.
Muslims distribute meat to soup kitchens Muslims across North America reached out to the needy by organizing meat drives for the soup kitchens. These are part of the larger celebrations of Eid ul Adha.
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Turkish Cultural Center Brooklyn and other supporting organizations at Brooklyn Borough Hall to distribute more than 700 pounds of packaged beef to food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the borough.
In New Brunswick, Canada, too the small Muslim community donated more than 350 pounds of ground beef and stew beef to the Fredericton Community Kitchen.
â€œWeâ€™re just overwhelmed by the generosity of this community to help us,â€ said Cheryl Mercer, whoâ€™s the bookkeeper for the kitchen.
â€œIt means that weâ€™re going to be able to put food on the table, good quality beef that arrived,â€ she said, estimating it will produce about 600 meals.