Bella Hadid has posted a lengthy message on Instagram, sending her Eid wishes to her friends and family. In the post the model, whose father Mohamed Hadid is a Jordanian-American real estate developer, reflects on those most in need this Eid, highlighting three charities that are working to help children in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.
Bella urges fans to donate to Middle Eastern families in need in her message. “As Ramadan comes to a close, my thoughts are with families and children around the world without a safe place to call home,” the 23-year-old model wrote.
“I remember the beauty of Ramadan, and fasting with my father and my Teta when I was young. Eid was so special for me, to be able to celebrate together. It makes my heart break thinking about the children and families that are separated and unable to unite during this time,” she wrote.
“I will be supporting and donating to three charities that are working endlessly, in different ways, to help support refugees, displaced families, families in the front lines of conflict and very importantly, the powerful and beautiful Middle Eastern children across Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and other affected regions,” she wrote, before linking to three charities: Preemptive Love, UNRWA USA and Middle East Children’s Alliance (Meca).
She then went into detail, explaining the work that the Middle East Children’s Alliance does.
“The Middle East Children’s Alliance works for the rights and well being of children in the Middle East. They support dozens of community projects for Palestinian children and refugees from Syria,” she explained. “Meca has been dedicated to making sure the children get direct aid like food, water, clothes, toys, books and school supplies [as well as] financial support and assistance in the West Bank and Gaza that helps children get basic needs such as accessible parks, kindergarten classes, libraries, sports, music/art programmes etc!
“They also offer university programs to help Palestinians grow up to be everything they can be.”
She then urged her followers to donate to the charities, writing: “I would love for you to join me to help these incredible charities, and if not, spreading the word will always help… We can and will be the voice for the ones who cannot be heard”.
Her father Mohamed was born in Nazareth, Palestine, in 1948 and moved to the US at the age of 14.
He has also posted Eid wishes of his own on social media, including a video of the call to prayer from London.
“For the first time in history. [Kazi Shafiqur Rahman] was honoured tonight to be able to perform the Azan in Makkah Style in Canary Wharf London. Subhanallah what an amazing feeling,” he wrote.