IMM President Ekrem İmamoğluThe canned goods obtained from the Qurban donation, which they organized for the third time this year through the Istanbul Foundation, set out to be delivered to 3 thousand households. Emphasizing that Turkey's biggest problem is the economy by far, İmamoğlu said, “We, as İBB, have been concerned about this problem since the first day we took office and said, 'Economy is not the problem of the Metropolitan Municipality,' without saying, 'With what additional methods can we make greater contributions? We started looking for how we can present. The policies implemented in our country left our citizens alone as much as possible. But, with the capabilities we have demonstrated and the new practices we have introduced in this process, we have created networks of assistance that have touched more than 232 million households in one way or another.” The Istanbul Foundation received a donation of more than 1,5 million liras from 12 thousand 84 donors. The number of households to which the foundation delivered canned meat in 43,5 years has reached approximately 3.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), as it did in 2020 and 20221, organized a donation campaign with the online application method before the last Eid al-Adha. 12 thousand 85 donors participated in the campaign, which attracted great attention, and became shareholders. In this context, 1728 sacrificial animals were slaughtered. Meats that were canned in roast beef, head trotter soup, tripe soup and bone broth were taken to a 21-day rest period. The canned food, which will be delivered to approximately 232 thousand families in need, has reached the warehouses of IMM in Zeytinburnu. IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu; CHP PM member Gökhan Günaydın started the distribution of sacrificial animals together with İBB Secretary General Can Akın Çağlar and Istanbul Foundation President Perihan Yücel.
“WE ARE MEETING AFTER A LONG WORK”
Speaking before the distribution, İmamoğlu said, “Today, we are meeting at a beautiful moment, the result of a long effort. Sometimes there are things that you do, when the result reaches this moment and afterwards, when you achieve such a precious mediation in making people happy, you really feel a great spiritual peace. At the moment, we, as IMM and Istanbul Foundation, are experiencing the peace of this process that we started.” Reminding that they are in the 3rd year of the campaign they started through the Istanbul Foundation, İmamoğlu said, “The biggest problem of our country is the economy. Now, 80-85 percent of our citizens talk about their livelihood problems, not even being fed, or even not being able to get the emergency food they need. Unfortunately, this ratio reaches even greater numbers in metropolitan areas such as Istanbul. We have hundreds of thousands of families in Istanbul who do not have access to nutritious food that is healthy and develops people, especially meat on their tables. Unfortunately, these are the real numbers that we say as a result of our determinations. Babies cannot reach milk. Unfortunately, children and young people in the age of development cannot reach these nutritious foods at home and on their tables.
“We, as IMM, have been concerned about this problem since the first day we took office, and without saying, 'Economy is not the problem of the Metropolitan Municipality', we started to look for 'how we can make greater contributions with which additional methods', said Imamoglu, and said:
“WHY IS AN INVOICE NEEDED FOR HALK MILK IN SUSPENDED?”
“And our most important task today; We have implemented many solidarity projects with our different services in this field. Some of these are Halk Dairy, Suspended Invoice, Mother Card, Newborn Baby Package, Mother Baby Support Package, student scholarships and Kent Restaurants that we have recently launched. When you look at why there is a need for Halk Süt and why is it now reaching nearly 180 thousand children? Or when you look at it again today, why is there a need for the Suspended Invoice, which goes to 500 thousand invoices? The economic distress we talked about as of 2018 was also on the agenda in the local elections in 2019. And then the pandemic created a completely different problematic process in life. Unfortunately, the policies implemented in our country during this period left our citizens alone as much as possible. But, with the capabilities we have demonstrated in this process and the new applications we have mentioned, we have created networks of assistance that touch more than 100 million households, which we can now call 1,5 thousands.”
“WE FULFILL OUR RESPONSIBILITY”
Saying, "We have done all our practices here in accordance with our traditions, customs and beliefs," İmamoğlu said, "What was that? Of course, we succeeded in the process of helping each other with a system where the hand that gives does not see the hand that takes, and no citizen, no household, no child is ever offended. The religion of Islam advises solidarity, brotherhood, unity and solidarity. Therefore, in all these activities that we put forward with this understanding, which is a requirement of our religion, you are also witnesses that you can neither see a photograph nor see a moment when a citizen was offended for 3 years. I think this is very valuable. Because there is this reality in our understanding of service: We fulfill our responsibility today. Of course, the rulers of the country have another responsibility. Ending poverty in the country. When poverty is over, of course, then we will be talking about other things in our country. But if there is poverty today, we are the managers who have to contribute to the solution of this process.
“IT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR CHILDREN”
Emphasizing that the sacrifices are made in accordance with Islamic methods, İmamoğlu said, “As you can see, we get canned food from the sacrificed victims, we cook them and we also have tripe soup and bone broth. In other words, with the products we present here, we are not only making food for our people's homes, but also products that will contribute to the development of our children and families in that house. This is a labor process. It is a very meticulous work that took about 3-3,5 months with its distribution. We are achieving this result by meticulously carrying out their religious obligations on their behalf, and by supporting them, perhaps without causing them to experience the difficulties they will experience.”
“WE HAVE REACHED 3 THOUSAND HOUSES IN 580 YEARS”
Pointing out that they have obtained a donation exceeding approximately 43,5 million liras, İmamoğlu concluded his speech with the following words:
“Today, we are putting our 232 thousand cans on the road and we will deliver them to our families. When we look at the past; We have delivered canned food to approximately 580 homes in 3 years. I can say that this has become a very valuable success, it has achieved its purpose. I see today that this will grow into a tradition and that this move we have started today will reach much larger numbers. I see that we have accomplished a very, very valuable job both in terms of making it easier for our people to worship and fulfilling what is necessary for today, which is a worship that is carried out mostly for the purpose of sharing the meat of the sacrifice. Right now in this can, there maybe kazanThe meat donated by our thousands of people boiling in the city will be distributed to 232 thousand households in a way that their taste will be mixed with each other and our people will meet with that flavor. We are very very happy. Thank you to all our hard working colleagues. May God accept it both to those who forgive and to our dear fellow citizens.
After the speech, İmamoğlu and the accompanying delegation loaded the first cans to be delivered to the needy people of Istanbul on İBB vehicles.