From the community: Caring for mothers, babies and children IFMCH fundraising event

International Foundation for Mother and Child Health fundraising event Chicago IL (Report Syed Khalil Ullah) a Wonderful Fundraising Dinner hosted by well-known business man and social worker Mr. Pervez Osman and International Foundation for Mother and Child Health (IFMCH) on 18 April 2015 and attended by a large number of members of Pakistani Muslim Community in Mezban Restaurant Villa Park. The dinner was held to raise funds towards the construction of the first free IFMCH Mother and Child Hospital in Mirpur-Sakro, 55 miles from Karachi MS Zeba Bakhtiar (Brand Ambassador) also joins the event. The program started with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an. The host of the program introduced Mr. Dr. Saleem Ullah Khan (Chairman IFMCH) in opening remarks. Dr. Saleem Ullah Khan is the founder and chairperson of the Foundation. He also explains we are here for such a great cause for Mother and Child Health. I am requesting everyone to participate in his organization. He also invited Dr. Saleem Ullah Khan to explain his upcoming project. Dr. Saleem Ullah Khan said in his speech “We are an international charity dedicated to saving lives by promoting best practice in health sector in Pakistan focusing on mother and child health. Our mission is to reduce maternal and child mortality in Pakistan and improve life expectancy for mothers and children through increased awareness of personal health among young mothers to be, improvement in community knowledge and attitudes towards mother and child health, training for health care providers, and expansion in access to health services through a state of the art maternal hospital to serve as a center of excellence”....

Nepal earthquake: Muslim Charity camps are home to over 5000 households

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, which killed more than 5,000 people (as of 29th April 2015) and the death toll is still rising, was the strongest and deadliest quake to strike the region in 80 years. In this fragile country where nearly a third of the population lives in poverty, the suffering caused by the destruction of lives and livelihoods could last years. While images of collapsed buildings in densely populated Kathmandu have dominated news stories, the epicenter was actually about 50 miles to the northwest, where the extent of the crisis remains unknown. Access roads have been damaged or blocked by landslides and communication lines are down, preventing relief workers to get accurate information and access to the villages and outlying cities. Muslim Charity and its partners on the ground are preparing to respond with the most urgently needed items such as food, water and shelter. In the immediate aftermath, people still have little refuge from the continued aftershocks and rescuers are desperately searching for survivors amidst the chaos. Muslim Charity is delivering food, water, medicine and shelter in Kathmandu valley especially in Amravati Marga and Sinamangal. Both camps are home to over 5000 households. Muslim Charity is currently concentrating our efforts in Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and Gorkha District. Currently. Muslm Charity is in the Emergency Response phase and so we are focusing on food, water, medicine and shelter. Mid to long-term interventions will include the repair of schools, hospitals and houses. Source:...

Human Appeal International Pakistan: Model Village Established, the project to install solar-powered water plants at seven places at Tharparkar completed

A model village has been established by The Human Appeal International, Pakistan (HAI-Pak) at Rahim Yar Khan. This village shall provide shelter to the victims of the flood in the area almost 4 years back. The victims will be rehabilitated in this model village.   The village “Basti Eman” was provided with basic necessities, including 40 permanent houses, paved paths, a community center, clean drinking water, school, mosque and financial support to select people for income generation.   In the further development, HAI-Pak has successfully completed the first phase of solar-powered water pumping project at Tharparkar to provide clean drinking water to around ten thousand people, living in abject conditions due to recurrent droughts and state apathy. Completed in a record period of three months, the project targeted seven villages at Tehsil Islamkot and installed state of the art technology to bring about a new life style to the area, characterized by health consciousness and respite for womenfolk in particular, fatigued due to over work and neglect. Keeping in view the sizzling heat in the area, five to ten poli-solar panels of 250 watt apiece were installed at every project site to ensure that weather conditions do not affect the performance of the pumps at any point in time. Moreover, 600 liters capacity water tanks in every case were also installed to cope with the rising demand for clean water. Each pump was provided with the services of a trained technician as well to ensure that it is maintained and run by professional hands. It needs to be recalled that introduction of the solar technology at such a scale...

Human Appeal in Nepal, Helping Victims of Earthquake with Food, Water and Blanket

Human Appeal are on the ground helping the survivors of the Nepal earthquake. Along with the 20-strong team assisting with the search and rescue operation, Human Appeal staff are also providing emergency relief. On April 29, Human Appeal met Bina. Cooking for her 5 family members, food has been scarce for the past few days. While this meal comes as a treat, it certainly isn’t a joyous occasion. Bina’s husband died on Saturday when the Nepal earthquake struck, sending a pile of heavy rocks tumbling down on him. The family can’t return home as a plethora of demolished buildings block the way. “Life is now hell,” Bina says. Human Appeal is returning some normality back to the lives of families like this. Its team is on the ground providing shelter, food, water and blankets.   Source:...

IRUSA Helps Pakistani Families Escape Poverty

Islamic Relief’s microfinance scheme has helped over 14,000 families in Pakistan to escape the poverty trap. Poor people are typically excluded from access to conventional finance, as profit-making institutions regard them as high risk. Without access to finance, they struggle to build decent livelihoods. Too often, families fall prey to loan sharks and other exploitative mechanisms which drag them deeper into poverty. However, Islamic Relief is providing interest-free loans (Qard-ul Hassan) and trade financing (Murabaha) to poor entrepreneurs to purchase specific items needed for income-generation. Through such interventions Islamic Relief can mitigate the risk of loan default, as the absence of interest makes the transaction more sustainable for the borrower and a small profit share supports the scheme so others can benefit. In Pakistan, our microfinance scheme includes financial support, business start-up grants, and vocational and enterprise development training. More than 3,000 loans were provided last year, totalling Rs. 78 million (over GBP £521,000). Over 14,000 families have benefitted so far. Around 90 per cent of our beneficiaries are women. Shakira and Sajida now earn a decent living Shakira Noor was among those to access the scheme. After her husband died, she used Islamic Relief loans to set up a soft drink stall at a bazaar in Islamabad. Shakira is now providing for her five children, and her successful enterprise has also created a job for her son. She recently won recognition as an outstanding micro-entrepreneur, scooping first place at the prestigious Citi-PPAF Micro-entrepreneurship Awards – the fourth Islamic Relief microfinance client to receive such an award. “I am excited to receive this award, and [offer] my prayers for...