ICNA IN BALTIMORE: DISTRIBUTES FOOD

  Recognizing that the solutions to community crises are best implemented closest to the ground, ICNA Relief volunteers are in Baltimore working hand in hand with local community leaders to provide support to families impacted by the damages. Hundreds of senior citizens could not access basic groceries and toiletries, burned apartment complexes left dozens of families homeless and several small businesses were completely destroyed. ICNA Relief USA Disaster Response team on their way to Baltimore & curretnly still on the ground working with imams & other community leaders. This is how some of the team members helped so far: “We just came back from Baltimore. It was a memorable trip. When we got to the affected area, we could see & feel the tension. We met Imam Hassan from Downtown Baltimore Masjid with ICNA Relief USA Chairman Mohsin Ansari and Br.Saad along with 12 volunteers. Since all shops were closed down in fear of riots, Elderly homes & shelters were unable to get toiletries and groceries. We visited 2 such places in affected areas. When we were distributing food in the elderly home, they were extremely happy, & grateful for our efforts. Insha’allah our Disaster Relief team will arrive in one or two days. I hope you’ll pray for our volunteers that worked in such an environment where at least 3 dozen cops were a block away waiting for the demonstration to go through without any riots breaking out,”   said Moviz Siddiqi of ICNA Relief.   Source: http://icnarelief.org/site3/index.php  and...

ISLAMIC RELIEF USA JOINS CARE TO SHOW HUMAN FACE OF SYRIAN CONFLICT

Islamic Relief USA participated in “Life in Refuge” an event at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C., organized by CARE and with other NGO partners including, Save the Children,Syria Relief & Development, Syrian American Medical Society, OXFAM and the #withSyria campaign.   Life in Refuge uses art and visuals to bring attention to the humanitarian crisis in Syria by focusing on its impact on refugees, specifically women and children, on an individual level. One such display was developed by Islamic Relief USA, titled, “Scars & Smiles: Face & Stories of Syrian Refugee Children,” with photography from the field by Ridwan Adhami and a storyline written by Nada Shawish.   In 2012, Islamic Relief USA sent Ridwan and Nada to capture the experience of the refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.  The resulting photography and experiences from this visit tell a profound story that moved attendees of the exhibit. For Scars & Smiles creator and Islamic Relief USA Creative Director Ridwan, the point of the larger Scars & Smiles project is to show the human side of conflicts around the world through the intimate details of individuals who have been forced to live through them. “Seeing these images, kids and families, really breaks your heart,” said one Life in Refuge attendee Heba Ismail. “It’s not just numbers anymore. It brings a soul, a person, a name to the Syrian conflict.”   The photographs and the narrative were extremely moving for another attendee Zeina Alkhalaf who remarked how the photography showed the pain and the hope each refugee had.   “The most powerful thing that stood out was the name tags that said, ‘name withheld,’ from them,” she said. “How powerful is it...

NZF SHELTER PROJECT: BIRMINGHAM’S FIRST EVER MUSLIM WOMEN’S SHELTER IS A SUCCESS

  National Zakat Foundation (NZF)and Trident Reach teamed up in 2013 to provide a faith sensitive project in response to the growing demand in the West Midlands and UK wide for such services.   The region is home to 376,152 Muslims, the largest population of UK Muslims outside London.  The shelter is a project that is funded by the community, for the community.   Through the work that has been accomplished, NZF not only been able to fulfil the rights of the needy, but in the process it has also managed to demonstrate the significant impact of distributing Zakat locally, in line with Prophetic tradition.   The motivation for setting up specialised shelters emerged from disturbing reports on Muslim women in the UK sleeping rough on park benches or turning to prostitution to feed their children.   NZF partners at Trident Reach also recognised the need to deliver a service that met the needs of Muslim women in making their services more accessible and breaking down the barriers for those who would not otherwise have the courage to leave the harmful or dangerous environments that they are in.   To access the service, women can either self-refer into the shelter, or contact us through any of our referral partners, including Women’s Aid and Birmingham City Council.   The Muslim women’s shelters provide a safe haven for destitute women who have nowhere to turn in times of desperate need. Residents at the Birmingham shelter have come from a range of backgrounds, including women originating from Europe, North Africa, South East Asia, the Caribbean as well as White British women. The...

DUBAI CARES DISTRIBUTES 50,000 SCHOOL KITS IN GAZA FOLLOWING “REBUILD PALESTINE. START WITH EDUCATION.” CAMPAIGN

Dubai Cares distributes 50,000 school kits in Gaza following “Rebuild Palestine. Start with Education.” campaign   Dubai Cares has finalized the distribution of the 50,000 school kits assembled by the UAE community for the children of Gaza earlier this year as part of the “Rebuild Palestine. Start with Education” campaign.   In 2014, Dubai Cares launched the “Rebuild Palestine. Start with Education.” initiative, an AED 11 million (USD 3 million) program to support access to education and mitigate the psycho-social effects of armed conflict on the student population in Gaza. As part of this initiative, Dubai Cares also organized a community campaign in the UAE that aims to supply the children of Gaza with the school necessities required to continue their education, following the latest round of violence in Palestine. Dubai Cares appealed to UAE residents for assistance in putting together 50,000 school kits at a community event which took place on January 8 and 9, 2015 at Al Boom Tourist Village in Dubai with the participation of 3,593 volunteers. The school kits aim to inspire hope among the children of Gaza with the start of the second half of the academic year as well as the New Year.   Dubai Cares donated 576 sets of “My Arabic Library” (which represents a total of 100,800 books) to over 56,000 children in camp schools in the West Bank.“My Arabic Library” sets, produced and developed by Scholastic, combine Arabic-language classroom/school library book sets with customized teacher training on the use ofsupplementary reading materials.   Million Book Challenge in the Gaza Strip and Palestine Dubai Cares distributed a total of 1,088 “My...

AL IMDAAD FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA IS READY TO DISTRIBUTE 500 FOOD PACK IN NEPAL

After the powerful earthquake in Nepal, Al-Imdaad Foundation (AIF) teams have been mobilized and are responding to the disaster. The team has joined the network of NGO’s and Relief organisations that are responding to the request for international humanitarian relief.   Al Imdaad Foundation Australia purchased and packed 500 food and hygiene packs. It’s almost 1 am on May 5, 2015 in Nepal and the team has just packed the last of the boxes into the truck. Tomorrow AIF will be distributing them to a predominantly Muslim region in Gorkha, 5 hours away, very close to the epicenter of the quake.   Source:...