Muslims Hands France: 1000 Food Packets in Rohingya, Water for Pakistan, Food for Nepal

  The village of Tarkeswari, 15 km from Kathmandu, has been destroyed to 90 % by the earthquakes. After an in-depth study of the needs, Muslim hands has offered 75 food parcels and 75 hygiene kits to victims. Muslim Hands team has promised emergency accommodation in the very near future. Muslim Hands thanks to the donors, “Your donations at ‪Nepal have made this possible.”   Simultaneously, In Mirpur, located in the North-East of Pakistan, Muslim hands fight against failures. The organization distributed, in a public school for girls, sports clothing, uniforms, school books and notebooks. Poor students benefited from this donation. Added to this is the construction of a water tank of more than 7000 liters.   MHF has also contributed to the distribution of more than a thousand of food pantry bags, and hygyène clothing in the camps around Rakhine. Access to drinking water has also been put in place by the digging of wells. The installation of latrines has also enabled the preservation of decent sanitary conditions. Source:...

Edhi Foundation Buries 27 Unclaimed bodies

LAHORE  – The Edhi Foundation buried at least 27 unclaimed bodies in Lahore in the month of April, a spokesperson for the charity said on Monday . The foundation provided ambulance services to at least 3915 patients during the last month and also shifted 48 bodies to the morgue after they died in road mishaps in different parts of the provincial metropolis. The welfare organization also provided free treatment and medicines to 6605 patients in its free dispensary in Allama Iqbal Town during the month of April. The spokesman further said that 365 patients including women and children were admitted to Edhi Home in Gulberg and Bilquees Edhi Home in Township out of which 344 were later sent to their homes after locating their home addresses. He said that volunteers of Edhi Foundation provided services in shifting 3915 patients from hospitals to homes and homes to hospitals. The foundation also served free food to 13,959 persons during the last...

IS gunmen massacre 45 Ismailis in Karachi

KARACHI – Pistol-wielding gunmen in Karachi Wednesday stormed a bus carrying members of the Ismaili minority, killing at least 45 in the first attack in the country officially claimed by the Islamic State group. “According to the initial information which we have received from hospitals, 45 people have been killed and 13 wounded,” Ghulam Haider Jamali, Sindh police chief told reporters at the site in Malir district. “Six terrorists came on three motorcycles; they entered the bus and began firing indiscriminately. They used 9mm pistols and all those killed and injured were hit by the 9mm pistols,” he said. The attack occurred in the city suburbs where Ismaili community had recently constructed residential apartments, Al-Azhar Garden. The bus would pick the residents from the apartments and take them to the central city areas including Water Pump, Aaisha Manzil and Karimabad, and then bring them back. Paramilitary Rangers and police conducted a series of targeted raids in Sohrab Goth and Safoora Goth neighbourhoods after the attack and arrested 70 suspects. Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the world Ismaili community, confirmed the toll in a statement sent by his office in France. “This attack represents a senseless act of violence against a peaceful community,” the philanthropist and business magnate said.  ...

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”....

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...

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...