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

Water Well – MAREMBO, Kenya

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Before the construction of the new water project, Maroni existing system was nonfunctional and community members fetched poor-quality water from unprotected river. Thanks to you, Maroni 700 member community now have access to clean and safe drinking water:

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Project Profile

- Donor Name: Mr Mohammed Ahmed
- Country: Kenya
- Region: Tana River District (Kenya) – MAREMBO

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- People served: 700 people
- Field Notes: Complete – Jan 28th 2014

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Seekers – Islamic Courses at Universities

Seekers is an Educational forum committed to educating and informing Muslims about the correct teachings of Islam. Seekers aims to address the latest issues facing Muslim students and general society today.

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Seekers is focused in creating both a micro level and mass Dawah initiative across universities in the UK. For this reason, Seekers has dedicated seminars and courses the first of its kind for Muslims living in the west. Through these initiatives, we aim to produce Islamic knowledge, to empower Muslims; therefore, enabling them to educate local communities, and facilitate spreading the true message of Islam, through Dawah.

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To achieve this, Seekers has actively sought to put together a dedicated team of British Islamic Scholars who will provide the quality education and value that this task requires in today’s time.

“It was great Mash-a-Allah! I felt I learnt a lot, and I hope to join many other classes in the future.” (Seekers Student)

 The first course –SHIRK? – took place at the University of East London (UEL) on 22 January 2014. It was led by Ustadh Waqas Amin who carried out an intense lecture providing the students a scholarly insight into the correct understanding of what Shirk is according to Quran and Sunna. The course was divided into the following three lectures:

  1. Lecture 1: Tawhid and Shirk – Fundamental Concepts
  2. Lecture 2: Reclaiming the Quran – The True concept of ‘Beside of Allah’
  3. Lecture 3: Understanding the literal and figurative usage in the Quran.

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Seekers is organising similar courses at the end of February 2014 at Universities in London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bradford and Glasgow. For further information about our future courses, please follow the link: www.seekersacademy.net.

Seekers is supported by Lets Revive (a project of Minhaj Welfare Foundation) – an initiative to support Islamic Education resources for British Muslims.

Winter Aid distribution in Syria – Update

In December 2013, Faisal Mirza (Holland) a volunteer of Minhaj Welfare Foundation travelled to Damascus, Syria to assess the humanitarian situation after almost two years of internal unrest. In addition to meeting with local NGOs, MWF team distributed winter warmers and food packs to families living in temporary make-shift shelters within schools and buildings. Below is a personal diary of Faisal’s visit to Syria.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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11.00 Departure to Damascus by road
14.00 Arrival border.
16.00 Drive to Damascus
17.00 Meeting at United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA). Met with Country Deputy Director and other staff members. UNWRA staff explained the severe situation the displaced people are living in, people’s lives are not secure and there is not much support from local government.

Wednesday,18 December 2013

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11:00 Visit UNRWA. Talk about the psychological issues people in refugee camps are facing. I focused together with the delegation leader on how we will divide the aid over the different camps. The biggest need is for baby milk and blankets.
13:30 Visit to Jaramanah where we visited two camps next to each other with about 600 people. Both are school buildings converted into camps. Five rooms are still being used as classes to educate the children of the camps.
15:30 Visit to the Al-Jazaeeri school, a camp in the south of Damascus, near the area of Yermouk which is currently onder siege. Next to it there is a mosque which has become a place for refugees. Mostly women, their men are fighting in Yermouk.
17:00 Sunset. Back to hotel before dark. Internet is same situation. Very frustrating. Bombs at night going off.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

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11:30 Visit to various religious sites.
19:00 To airport. We will stay at the airport hotel so we can receive the plane at night.
20:00 After check-in we receive the news that the plane left too late from Glasgow Airport due to technical reasons. This made it impossible for the plane to arrive in Rotterdam at such a time that it could be here in Damascus this night. Tomorrow is Friday and the airport staff will not be here in the afternoon.
21:00 We decide to go back to the hotel in Damascus even though that’s dangerous. It wasn’t save to stay near the airport either because at the airport where they fire off missiles. The plane will leave from Rotterdam tomorrow and will arrive at night in Damascus.

Friday, 20 December 2013

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10.00 We were suppose to distribute today, but since the plane hasn’t arrived yet, we decide to visit a few camps and distribute fruit.
12:00 Visit to a small concrete factory which serves as a distribution center. We’ll give some of our aid to this center so it can be spread around the place.
13:30 Jummah Prayer.
15:00 Visit to neighbourhood Ruk aldin which is located in the hills of Damascus. We visit two buidlings next to each other. There are about 200 people in one building, and they have three toilets to share. People were happy with the fruit.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

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12:00 Back to airport, plane has landed this morning.
13:00 Clearance process still going on
14:00 Goods cleared out, only restriction we have is that we’re not allowed to give out the food items until they have been checked in the laboratorium.
14:30 Little session for the press, I gave a statement on behalf of the delegation.
14:45 Start loading all aid into trucks to be transported to our depot.

The earliest for everything to arrive in the depot is 18:00. It will be dark by then, we are not allowed to be outside that time and to distribute in camps. So distribution will be done tomorrow.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

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10:00 In depot to check everything and allocate goods to the right vehicle in order to transport it to the camps. Every delegation member will go with a vehicle to hand over the goods to the camp.
15:00 For visit to the camp of Jaramanah with one vehicle.
16:00 Check-out and departure to Beirut

Please support MWF long term initiatives to support the people of Syria, donate now.

 

 

Successful Eye Camp Surgery – 35,000 patients

A successful week Free Eye Surgery Camp was held in Narowal, Pakistan. This Camp was organised by the local MQI Narowal chapter, with additional support from MWF Pakistan.

The aim was to treat people with serious eye conditions who are not normally reached within the Pakistani system.

A recent survey shows that there is a poor recognition level of the early stages of different types of eye disease among some low-income populations in Pakistan. There is a perceived need for public education in the recognition of early conditions leading to eye disease and the associated risks if such conditions are left untreated.

The MWF Narowal Eye Camp was held under the direction of trained and expert Eye Surgeons. Cataract patients were identified from within underprivileged communities and invited for screening and, if appropriate, for operation on one or both eyes.

The medical team completed operations on 196 eye cataract patients and also screened more than 35000 patients for general Eye Check-ups.

Speaking at the camp, Ajmad Ali Shah (Director, MWF Pakistan) said: “we wish to express our thanks to the medical staff and local Narowal team for working tirelessly to ensure the success of this Eye Camp.”

Would YOU like to support MWF’s Eye Surgery Programme?

There is a great need for eye screening and free or affordable eye surgery for low income and underprivileged communities.

Difficulty of access for screening and surgical treatment

There are many remote subsistence communities. Eye Surgeons and their staff are frequently willing to undertake Eye Camps like the one described above, but they have problems in accessing the remote communities with appropriate screening equipment.

Having identified patients for surgery, the expert teams cannot easily transport the patients to and from a suitable eye clinic that is equipped with adequate facilities of the required standard to undertake surgical operations and accommodate patients during recovery.

 What can YOU do to help restore eyesight?

Minhaj Welfare Foundation is looking for donations towards our Free Eye Camps. Please support this worthwhile initiative to reach the unreachable and provide the facilities to restore the sight of many underprivileged people by making a secure donation online now.