MWF sends 12000 Packs to IDP Camps

On Tuesday, Minhaj Welfare Foundation dispatched 14 truckloads of 12000 packets of food for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan. Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri and Dr Hassan Mohi-ud-Din Qadri saw off the relief caravan with their prayers.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that PAT was standing by the affectees and the armed forces of Pakistan in accordance with its traditions at this hour of trail and tribulation. He said that the entire nation held the sacrifices of the armed forces in high esteem and were proud of their military. He said that those who were talking of talks during the course of operation wanted to spread mischief and chaos in the country. He asked the nation to identify these people as they were not their well-wisher. He said that the role of military in fighting and eliminating terrorism and extremism from the country would be chronicled in golden letters in the annals of history.

Dr Qadri said that Minhaj Welfare Foundation was dispatching 12000 packets of relief goods in the first phase while the rest of the relief items would be sent in the second phase. He got the packets opened in his presence and showed the items to the media that consisted of flour, sugar, ghee, rice, pulses and other edibles.

Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that the sacrifices of the IDPs would also be remembered in the struggle to rid the country of scourge of terrorism. He said that they left their homes for the future of the nation, adding that they would not be left helpless. He said that time was near when the country would become the hub of peace.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation Pakistan team, recently visited the Tharparkar, Sindh area

Minhaj Welfare Foundation’s Pakistan director Amjad Ali Shah recently visited the drought affected area of Tharparkar along with its emergency staff, volunteers and local representatives. The objective of the visit was to assess the situation regarding the crisis in Tharparkaar, Sindh and also distribute emergency relief packs to those affected by the disaster.

THAR is currently facing a major humanitarian crisis. According to Tharparkar district authorities, more than 99 children and 67 adults (43 men and 24 women) have reportedly died in Tharparkar since the beginning of 2014 due to a combination of chronic malnutrition and a lack of access to effective health facilities

Minhaj Welfare Foundation, with the support of its local regional officers on the ground, distributed emergency food items such as rice, sugar, cooking oil and flour to thousands of families currently staying in the surrounding affected areas in June 2014.

MWF is also focusing on a large scale ‘Water’ program to provide long terms of clean drinking water to tens of thousands of people in the Tharparkar and surrounding areas.

MWF would like to thank all its donors especially Derby Khidmah Group who contributed towards emergency relief packs for the poor and needy.

To donate towards our clean drinking water in Tharparkar, please call our donations team or donate online.

Secretary of State for International Development meets with Minhaj Welfare Foundation UK

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30 April 2014

Secretary of State for International Development and MP Justine Greening met directors of Minhaj Welfare Foundation in Nelson, Pendle to discuss the substantial British aid effort and what more could be done internationally to help those suffering in third world.

Justine Greening (heads DFid/UKaid) met with the Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) team at the local regional office in Nelson; she talked about the impact foreign aid had internationally.

The Secretary of State said:

“DFid has a clear sense of Britain’s national interest. The development budget must be an investment in the future - for the developing world of course, but also for people in Britain.”

On the role of the UK’s funding procedures for humanitarian development projects in Pakistan, discussions were also held on the accountability methods of the UK Government to ensure that funds are correctly utilised by Pakistani institutions and that corruption is kept to a minimal. Issues of tax evasion in Pakistan were also discussed.  The Secretary of State assured MWF that the British Government is aware of the corruption issues and that they are taking thorough action to ensure that British tax payers funds are protected and well utilised.

Representing MWF was Dawood Mash’hadi (Managing Director, MWF), Sagheer Akhtar (Director MWF), Tahseen Khalid (Operations Director, MWF) and Adnan Sohail (Projects Manager, MWF).

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Dawood Hussain, Managing Director of Minhaj Welfare Foundation, said:

“It is important that the UK government focuses on ensuring good governance, strengthen accountability and ensures the Pakistani government pursues its commitment on tax defaulters. The Pakistani Diaspora has a strong presence here in the UK and has been very generous over the years sending hundreds of millions of pounds in remittance and foreign aid.

“Minhaj Welfare has been working on various relief and development programs in Pakistan since 1989 focusing on education, medical care and humanitarian efforts. “

In addition to the meeting the Secretary of State for International Development (SSID) also met with volunteers, Minhaj-ul-Quran members from the local MQI centre, Minhaj Women League and Muslim Youth League.

She also had an interactive discussion on Pendle Community Radio (Awaz 103.1FM) a local community Radio to express her views and thoughts on foreign aid and the impact it is having locally and internationally.  Joining the Secretary of State was local MP of Pendle, Andrew Stephenson who thanked the Secretary for visiting Nelson and expressed his thoughts on a very ‘productive meeting’.

Bait-ul-Zahra – Empowering Women

Women contribute in many ways to their communities and nations, but too often they are limited by lack of opportunity and education that restricts their ability to achieve their potential and to participate in decision-making and resource allocation in their families and communities. In countries throughout the world, when women are valued and given opportunity for education and access to resources, their communities and nations as a whole benefit.

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In 2012, Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) initiated Bait-ul-Zahra (the House of Zahra) a female accommodation complex dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of female students wishing to aspire further education. The project was completed in early March 2014 and will provide a safe environment for poor, needy and orphan female students.

Dr Hassan Moh-ud-Din Qadri, chairman of Minhaj-ul-Quran International supreme council spoke at the inauguration ceremony and said:

“Bait-ul-Zahra is yet another unprecedented achievement of Minhaj Welfare Foundation in its efforts in serving humanity irrespective of race, creed or gender.

In a very short span of time, Minhaj Welfare has built more than 637 schools, 12 IT colleges, and one recognised and chartered University. Currently there are 145,000 children and students studying at a Minhaj school, out of which almost 65,000 are young girls.”

Bait-ul-Zahra is located in Lahore, Pakistan and can accommodate up to 450 girls (for poor, needy and Orphan girls). There are onsite female only staff  available at all times to ensure all needs and requirements are met.

 

Update: Minhaj Public School (MPS): Building a better future for the children of Africa.

March 2014

This deeply rural community is about is 20km (almost 15 miles) from the closest secondary school. Secondary Education is not easily accessible for many people in this small village, with many dropping out of education after Primary due to parents unable to send their children to school. The Minhaj Public School (MPS) would serve the community’s children providing them an opportunity for a better future. The MPS Kitere will serve over hundreds of children.

The women are passionate about using the same space for their own learning in the afternoons.  It is obvious from the beginning that the community is more than ready for the project to get off the ground. And the progress over the past months has been amazing. Where once before there seemed an endless stretch of land filled with grass and dirt, now stood the foundations of a school. Women are bring water to aid the men who laboriously repeat the cycle of spreading cement and stacking one stone at a time, by hand.

It’s a sign of a new chapter for Minhaj Welfare Foundation; building a better future for education in Africa.

 

MWF is providing emergency relief in Thar, Sindh

Since the beginning of March 2014, severe shortages of food and water have been reported in Tharparkar district in Pakistan’s South East-Sindh province. A number of children have reportedly died of malnutrition. The area has not received any significant rainfall since the end of 2013.

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Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) and regional offices in Sindh have been provided emergency relief to those affected however “more needs to be done”.

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Please see the latest  of the work in Tharparkar, Sindh:

SITUATION UPDATE

  • The relief activities in the drought hit districts of Tharparkar continue since last more than 13 days.
  • The relief activities in Mitthi, Mirpur Khas, Digree, Islam Kot, Nanger Parker, and Checchro districts are also in full swing.
  • Minhaj Welfare Foundation Pakistan is hosting various meetings where relief activities in the drought affected districts were reviewed.

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  • MWF Pakistan Head Office has directed its operations team to ensure that the drought affectees are taken utmost care of in all aspects.
  • Till-to-date, more than 1000 families have been provided with emergency aid.
  • Minhaj Welfare Foundation has provided Emergency food packs, clean water containers and established medical camps in surrounding regions.
  • Minhaj Welfare Foundation and local Sindh office are working functionally around the clock.

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MWF Emergency Appeal: Thar, Sindh

At least 62 children have died in a district of southern Pakistan where thousands are suffering from malnutrition. Most of the children died because of unusual cold weather leading to outbreak of pneumonia and poor medical facilities during last three months in Thar.

Local authorities last week ordered a probe into the deaths, which occurred in a stretch of the Thar desert, which begins around 300 kilometres (200 miles) from Karachi and runs up to the border with India.

An MWF Emergency Response team has also arrived Monday 10 March in the affected areas to personally look into the situation, accompanied by local MWF Sindh representatives.

Ain ul Haq, MWF Emergency Co-ordinator (Pakistan) said, “In the first phase, 500 families will be given monthly emergency supplies for a month, which will include; food items and clean water. We will also be organising medical camps in the affected villages of Tharparkar.”

In 2000, the desert suffered a famine that killed 90 percent of the livestock, the economic mainstay of the area.

We urge you to donate generously towards the MWF Emergency Response in the Thar, Sindh; £50 will help support a family in need for an entire month. Donate online or call our donations team on +44 (0) 300 30 30 777.

 

Building Minhaj Secondary School – Africa

Minhaj Welfare Foundation is currently working in hundreds of communities in Pakistan, our work is reaching over 145,000 children in these areas. But now, MWF has started building work on the first ever Minhaj Secondary school in Africa. 

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Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) has started work on a new secondary school in a small rural village in the North Eastern region of Kenya, Africa.

There are more than 1100 people that live in the Kitere village; the centre location for surrounding villages of the Sub – Baomo location a total population of more than 12,000. Majority of the people are subsistence and petty traders whose income is relatively low, the level of poverty is high (Average earning is £65 per year).

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In regions like this quality education is very rare. Most of the children do not go pass Primary Education as secondary education in Kenya is not affordable for many households.

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MWF recognised a need and organised fundraising campaigns in 2013 – Raising Smiles – to raise funds to help build and provide quality education in marginalised communities in Africa. By the grace of Allah Almighty, work has begun on the actual framework and digging in February 2014 of the first of many schools in Africa. We would like to thank all those that donated generously towards this project.

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MWF has employed local contractors in Kenya to build the Minhaj Secondary School Kitere which will help the local economy and encourage the community to take an interest in education and their children’s’ development.

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If you want to support our initiative in Africa, please donate generously towards Minhaj Welfare Foundation.

Water Well – MAREMBO, Kenya

This community in Marembo received a new water well. Along with providing the well, we have also conducted maintenance training so the community could prevent any breakdowns which are very common in marginalised areas.

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Before the project began, the community had limited or no access to clean and safe drinking water. Now they have improved access to clean water, and a water committee trained in promoting best hygiene practices.

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Project Profile

- Donor Name: Mrs Sareeya Ellen Bashir
- Country: Kenya
- Region: Tana River District (Kenya) – MAREMBO

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- People served: 350 FAMILIES – 2500 population
- Field Notes: Complete – 11TH FEB 2014

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Water Well – KORILAVE, Kenya

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Plaque text: Mr S Hussain

People served: 400 FAMILIES – 3000 population

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Before Korilave, a small village in North East of Kenya the water system was in poor condition and access to water was unreliable.

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Thanks to our donor Mr S Hussain you, the installation of a new Water Well has improved access to clean and safe drinking water for more than 400 families. Implementing Partner: Minhaj Welfare Foundation

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Complete – Jan 28th 2014