The headman, who agreed with the restaurant, allows those in need to have free iftar

As soon as Muhtar Özcan took office in Buttonciler, one of the historical districts of Eyüpsultan, he started to implement the “effective social mukhtar” project, which was one of his election promises. Özcan, who gives priority to the elderly, disabled, orphan children and the needy, tries to find a cure for all the problems of the citizens in his neighborhood.

Özcan provides different services for the elderly and the disabled, from getting a salary to buying medicine, taking them to the hospital, handling their affairs in public institutions, shopping in markets and markets, providing in-kind and cash assistance.

Özcan, who continued these services during the curfew, which was applied at regular intervals in 2020 and 2021 due to the Kovid-19 epidemic, made the shopping of the elderly in the neighborhood and those whose tests were positive with the team he established for a long time.

Increasing his social work with the coming of Ramadan, Özcan knocks on the doors of families in need one by one and provides them with food and money.

Working with volunteer members, imams, public officials and neighbors in the neighborhood, Özcan receives support from philanthropists living in his neighborhood and following him on social media in order to meet the needs of citizens.

– A benefactor in the neighborhood will cover the costs of the fast-breaking meal

Mukhtar Süleyman Özcan started another work this Ramadan at the request of a neighbor in need, who could not find time to cook at home because he left work late.

Agreeing with a restaurant in his neighborhood, Özcan provides free meals to those in need and those who cannot make it to their homes for iftar. Anyone who receives a stamped and signed card from the headman can go to this restaurant and choose the 4 kinds of food and dessert they want.

– “WE STARTED QUICKLY WITH FOOD, MARKET CARD AND CASH DISTRIBUTION”

Muhtar Özcan told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they brought together the benefactors and the needy this Ramadan.

Explaining that they reach wealthy people both through social media channels and other ways and convey the situation of the needy in their neighborhood, Özcan continued as follows:

“We reached out to benefactors before Ramadan started and said, ‘Look, we are here.’ We said. We started our distribution 2-3 days before Ramadan. We started to distribute food, market cards and cash quickly. We have reached 460 households so far. This Ramadan is very fruitful. We made 280 food parcels. We also raised 100 thousand liras in cash aid. We are past. We invite philanthropists to the mukhtar’s office to distribute the cash. Our work is supported by philanthropists.”

Özcan, who likened walking around the streets of the neighborhood to “R&D” work, drew attention to the fact that the free fast-breaking practice they started this year emerged after such a tour.

– “THIS WORK WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE END OF RAMADAN”

Expressing that a citizen in the neighborhood asked for support for iftar on the first day of Ramadan, Özcan said:

“We see problems on the street and we solve them on the street. At the exit of Taraweeh, a citizen said, ‘My headman has a problem. I am working, I can come home 20 minutes before iftar in the evening. I can’t cook and bring up iftar. Children are also victims. Children are also victims. There is a place in the municipality tent because many people come from outside Eyüpsultan. I can not find.’ He said, ‘I’ll call you tomorrow.’ I said. We talked to our friend who is the owner of an artisan restaurant residing in our neighborhood. We started such a study with his contribution. I stamp my business cards, we give them to our citizens. They deliver that paper and card to the restaurant. We will do this again with the support of one of our benefactors. 10-12 people have their iftar here a day. This work will continue until the end of Ramadan. With the support of our shopkeeper, we have determined the price of this meal as 50 liras.”

Özcan explained that his work for orphaned children in the neighborhood and their families will continue.

– “WE ARE VERY SATISFIED WITH THE RESTAURANT AND OUR MAHTAR”

Metin Sarı, who was instrumental in the start of the work, stated that he had conveyed to headman Özcan that he could not prepare iftar because he came late in the evening.

Stating that Özcan called him a day later and directed him to the restaurant in the neighborhood, Sarı said, “My workplace is in Esenyurt, it takes 19.30 to come to Eyüpsultan. That’s why I talked to our headman. He first talked to his wife, then met with the restaurant and arranged this restaurant for us. “First we get receipts from the headman’s office. Since the second day of Ramadan, we have been opening iftar here. I have been eating here for 10 days. The food is very good, meat dishes are served. It is a decent environment. We are very happy with the restaurant and our headman.” used the expressions.

Emre Özkan, one of the diners, said, “I would like to thank our headman from here. God bless him. It is a very good project. The food is good. I like it very much.”

– “WE COME EVERY EVENING”

Mehmet Gezen said that thanks to this application, they can open their fast without any problems.

Thanking Muhtar Özcan, Gezen said, “Our meals are very good. Cooking is a problem for those who leave work late and stay in traffic. Our headman has done such a work. We come every evening. There are 4-5 kinds of food. We can choose what we want.” he said.

Expressing that they started such a study under the leadership of Özcan, restaurant owner Mustafa Güney said, “There was a need for such an application. Because there was an excessive demand in this direction. May Allah be pleased with him. We direct those who come to us to the headman’s office, they also give receipts. We also reduced the prices. ” said.


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