Ramadan is a time of reflection, self-improvement, and giving. As one of the Five Pillars of Islam, zakat (charitable giving) is an essential part of the Islamic faith that requires Muslims to give 2.5% of their wealth to help those in need, and Ramadan is a month where many Muslims focus on their charitable giving.
While there are many worthy causes to support during Ramadan, it is important to consider the impact of our giving. Effective giving means maximizing the impact of our donations to help the most vulnerable people around the world.
This is where GiveDirectly comes in. GiveDirectly is a nonprofit organization that distributes cash transfers directly to people living in poverty. The organization has a proven track record of effectiveness, with rigorous evaluations showing that cash transfers can significantly improve recipients' lives. By giving people the resources to meet their own needs, GiveDirectly empowers them to make the best decisions for their families and communities.
GiveDirectly has had their Yemen program certified to collect Zakat. By donating to GiveDirectly's Yemen Zakat fund during Ramadan, Muslims can fulfil their zakat obligations while also making a significant difference in the lives of people in need. GiveDirectly's cash transfers are a flexible and adaptable form of assistance that can be used to meet a wide range of needs, from food and shelter to education and healthcare.
You can donate to support GiveDirectly's Yemen Zakat fund through our fundraiser. This fundraiser will allow donors to give to GiveDirectly’s Yemen program following the principles of Zakat. 100% of funds donated through this fundraiser will go to GiveDirectly’s Yemen program as we have secured private donors to cover the processing fees normally charged by Stripe.
Effective giving during Ramadan is not only a way to fulfill religious obligations, but it is also an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the world. By supporting organizations like GiveDirectly, we can ensure that our giving is high-impact and helps the most vulnerable people around the world.
Read more about GiveDirectly's Yemen Zakat Fund, including details of the certification obtained.