العربية
Give Refugees Your Zakat
Reports
2016 - 2018

In September 2016, UNHCR in coordination with the Tabah Foundation launched its Zakat initiative aiming to raise much needed funds for the most vulnerable refugees in the region.
All collected Zakat funds were dedicated to UNHCR’s cash assistance programme in Jordan and Lebanon. These funds benefited thousands of Syrian and Iraki refugee families living in urban areas and enabled beneficiaries to cover essential costs of living for one month, such as rent, debt repayment, utilities, medical care for children, clothing, school fees and food. It also helped refugees to improve their social networks by allowing them to repay loans borrowed from family, neighbours, and landlords; therefore reducing household and community tensions. Vulnerable families are often headed by women who often face cultural, legal and childcare-related obstacles in finding work. Cash assistance helps prevent thousands of refugees from facing severe hardship and resorting to desperate survival strategies – such as pulling children out of school, child labour, begging, survival sex, early marriage or returning to war zones.
Refugees access the funds by scanning their iris at ATM machines. Thanks to this innovative programme, there are no bank cards or pin numbers to remember. Instead, refugees simply use their irises as a form of identification which provides an instant, cost-effective and fraud-proof methodology to directly support vulnerable families. UNHCR monitors cash recipients, assessing their vulnerabilities and quality of living and following up with the families through home visits.
Below are detailed the amounts received and distributed per month, from September 2016 to September 2018.
Please notice that the total number of families indicated at the end of the tables is when assuming a family receives Zakat funds only once a year.

First Quarter
AMOUNT RECEIVED AMOUNT DISTRIBUTED FAMILIES BENEFITED
January $22,346.07
February $19,553.70 $22,346.07 124
Mars $52,609.69 $19,553.70 108
April $52,609.69 292
Total $ 94,509.46 $94,509.46
524
Second Quarter
Jordan
AMOUNT RECEIVED AMOUNT DISTRIBUTED FAMILIES BENEFITED
April $47,000.72 $52,609.69** 292
May $156,717.25 $47,000.72 261
June $96,955.834* | $40,577*** $156,717.25 871
Total $503,237.72 $256,327.66
 1,424
Lebanon
AMOUNT RECEIVED AMOUNT DISTRIBUTED FAMILIES BENEFITED
April
May $134,901.21
June $520,671.48* $134,901.21 771
Total $ 655,572.69 $ 13,4901.21 771

*Distributed in July 2018 (will show in Q3 report)
**Total amount received in March 2018
***As per the donors’ request, all amounts received are dedicated to Syrian refugees, except this one which is dedicated to Iraqi refugees, and has been distributed in July 2018 (will show in Q3 report)

Third Quarter
Jordan
AMOUNT RECEIVED AMOUNT DISTRIBUTED FAMILIES BENEFITED
July $5,033,627.05** $930,355.834|$40,577**** 5,169
August $10,874.55 $866,627.05** 4,815
September $13,975.61* $844,274.55** 4,690
Total $5,058,477.21 $ 2,641,257.434
14,674
Lebanon
AMOUNT RECEIVED AMOUNT DISTRIBUTED FAMILIES BENEFITED
July $5,457,296.5 $1,354,021.48*** 7,737
August $8,372.75 $1,290,546.50*** 7,375
September $38,021.52* $841,722.75*** 4,810
Total $5,503,690.77 $3,486,290.73
20,282
*Have been distributed in October (will show in Q4 report)
**Amount includes total received for Syrian refugees in Jordan the month before + 1/6 of $5,000,400 received in July 2018
***Amount includes total received for Syrian refugees in Lebanon the month before + 1/6 of $5,000,100 received in July 2018
****Total amount received in June 2018 for Iraqi refugees in Jordan
 AMOUNT RECEIVED AMOUNT DISTRIBUTED FAMILIES BENEFITED
SEPTEMBER $20,902.39
OCTOBER $2,079.97 $20,902.39 119
NOVEMBER $3,031.87 $2,079.97 12
DECEMBER $96.25 $3,031.87 17
TOTAL $ 26,110.48 $ 26,014.23 148

*Zakat received in November and December was distributed in December.



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