Safar: A Journey of Taste Banquet

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If you're on campus and tired of eating cereal for dinner (or worse, setting fire to your hall kitchen attempting to cook pasta), tonight you can satisfy your taste buds with the exotic cuisines of Pakistan, India, and the Middle East at Safar: A Journey of Taste, a banquet organized by Harvard students to support the millions of Pakistanis who are still suffering in the wake of the 2010-2011 floods that destroyed much of the country's arable land.

"What we want people to understand about this cause is that unlike a lot of other causes that have immediate relief efforts, ours is a long term sustained effort to show our support to a country that hasn’t received a lot of attention from donors and aid agencies," said Nur N. Ibrahim, one of the banquet organizers, who is also a Crimson photographer.

Ibrahim explained that donations from the banquet will go towards one cause in particular: rebuilding schools. The suggested donation is $10 and 100 percent of the money raised will go to The Citizens Foundation to support the rebuilding of a school in Sonmiani, a village located in one of the poorest provinces of Pakistan. "

We want the children to have a place to go and Pakistan is one of the worst countries in term of literacy, so this is an opportunity to build better schools as well," Ibrahim said.

The banquet will take place tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Winthrop JCR and will feature cuisine from restaurants in the Cambridge and Boston area including Cafe Sushi, Sabra Grill, Tamarind Bay, Fordee's, and the Falafel Corner, just to name a few. To learn more about the event, visit the Facebook page. Attend Safar and take a journey to support a great cause while, of couse, getting your fix of good food.

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