Minhaj Opens School in Africa

Minhaj Welfare Foundation has completed a new school project which donors from the UK have funded in Kenya to give an education to both boys and girls from poor families.

The secondary school – in the small town of Kitere of Tana River Delta north east of Mombasa – was completed in January 2015.

Local MWF Kenya staff are interviewing many of the students from low income families who have begun applying for an initial place at the school.

The school will selects children who have completed their primary education and whose family income is less than £35 a month.

The Minhaj Secondary School will cater for more than 100 students who show outstanding promise but whose families cannot support their education.

At the opening ceremony, Dhadho Iddi (MWF Kenya co-ordinator) appreciated the efforts of those who supported the school: “Words cannot describe how much we are grateful, we are able to educate the children and begin to change the face of a nation,” he declared.

The school incorporates 3 classrooms, principle office, science laboratory, sanitation facilities and a room in which it is hoped computers will be put in place for the students.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation had organised a series of fundraising events in London, Birmingham and Glasgow called ‘Raising Smiles’ in 2013. Adnan Sohail, Projects Manager for MWF said: “We started the initial construction in January 2014, and after a year of great difficulty mixed with tense fighting in the nearby area we are just glad the school project is complete.”

“The village needed a secondary school, we will continue helping marginalised communities.” he added.

Kenya has a very high rate of children dropping out after primary education, this is mainly due to secondary education being very expense for families from rural areas.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation hopes to build more schools and provide access to education to deprived communities in Africa. To donate or support our #Education for All initiative in Africa, please call +44 300 30 30 777 or follow the link https://www.minhajwelfare.org/general-donation/

Minhaj Welfare Foundation helps deprived communities in the UK on Christmas

Minhaj Welfare Foundation, an international humanitarian organisation working in the developing world is also helping deprived communities in the UK.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation’s initiated a community ‘Food Bank’ on Wednesday 24th December 2014 (Christmas Eve). The aim was to highlight the ever growing concern of extreme poverty in the UK.

Dawood Mash’hadi, Managing Director of MWF said: “we hope that this could be the stepping stone of many more food banks to come.”

Working with a local charity based in East London called RAMP (Refugee and Migrant Project) who work with deprived communities of all faiths and backgrounds, MWF provide a cooked meal on Christmas Eve outside the Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque in Forest Gate and also distributed food (tinned) items.

Lyn Brown MP of East Ham showed her appreciation and said that “more of these food banks need to be setup across London”.

Mary Barrow of RAMP said: “We are ever grateful to the Minhaj Welfare Foundation for providing this opportunity to our group, it is really a community spirit.”

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Notes to Editors

1.      Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) is a Worldwide Humanitarian Development Organization founded in 1989, with its UK & EU head office in London. We have sub branches in over 90 countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe. For further information please visit our websitewww.minhajwelfare.org

2.      RAMP (Refugee and Migration Project); http://www.renewalprogramme.org.uk/

3.      For further information, please contact Adnan Sohail on 0300 30 30 777 or 07984565896

Share the Blessings of Qurbani 2014 – Report


Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) for more than two decades has been carrying out Qurbani program in the poorest regions of the world. We would like to thank our donors in UK, Europe (France, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Spain, Germany & Austria), North America (USA & Canada) and worldwide for Sharing their Qurbani with MWF.

During this Eid-ul-Adha, MWF distributed more than several thousand shares of Qurbani meat to approximately 200,000 people in need.

MWF completed the sacrificing of the Qurbani’s in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The shares of the Qurbani were distributed to the needy in marginalised communities.


The MWF team travelled to the regions in which Qurbani was performed on the occasion of Eid. MWF was not only sharing Qurbani meat to their brothers and sisters in need but at the same time providing relief and development to those in need. This included providing support in programs such as education, healthcare, emergency relief, general welfare and sustainable projects. MWF believes very much in Sharing the Blessings of Eid with those in need.

Qurbani 2014 was mainly implemented in crisis affected areas such as Pakistan and war zones such as Somalia. Besides these countries, MWF have also distributed Qurbani meat to Muslims in need.

Sharing Qurbani with the people of the Pakistan Floods 2014

South Asia had witnessed one of the biggest ever floods in the region, millions of lives directly were affected and thousands more died from heavy rains. MWF teams and volunteers set up camps in South Punjab and Sindh, the area’s most heavily affected by the floods, to provide emergency relief.  MWF’s Qurbani campaign was divided in more than 20 flood affected areas, making it one of the largest scale Qurbani programs of 2014.


Remembering the IDPs of the East Africa drought

Ever since the drought affected more than 10 million people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, we have seen one of the largest IDPs (internally displaced people) in Somalia especially in Mogadishu in which more than 1 million people still live in make-shift camps.

This year, MWF carried out its Qurbani program in central Somalia outside the capital Mogadishu. MWF mainly focused on providing ‘food security’ to families from the Sukus IDP camp. An MWF team from UK travelled to the region to ensure Qurbani was performed correctly and the meat was distributed fairly.


Qurbani for the people of Syria and Gaza

MWF teams did not forget the people of the Middle East. The teams sacrificed shares of Qurbani animals and distributed it to needy students of Palestine and Syria.


Qurbani in Kenya

MWF has been implementing relief and development project in the North Eastern region of Kenya since 2011. In addition to our current projects, basic nutrition is still rare in the region. This is why Qurbani is a very key program and provides an opportunity for poor families to share the joy of eating meat after almost a year of waiting. The local MWF team this year expanded its program by sacrificing animals in more than 10 villages and towns.


Remembering the Muslims of India

MWF performed Qurbani of more than 250 sacrificial animals in India. With the help of its local field officers, the Qurbani program was divided amongst schools, orphanages so that children could also celebrate the blessings of Eid with a decent feast.

Central points were also collated across many parts of South and North India in which marginalised communities were able to come and collect their share of meat.


The joy of the people of Bangladesh

MWF went to  region in Bangladesh where poor families including the elderly and children anticipated the Qurbani meat.  MWF teams delivered the meats of the sacrificial animal to the poor families that live in the rural areas of   . Sharing the joy of Eid-ul-Adha, the small community of thanked the MWF team and took the Qurbani meat home.



MWF provides vital aid to poor families in Gaza

With the current situation in the Middle East worsening, millions of lives are constantly at risk in the region.

In June 2014, the world witnessed severe attacks on innocent civilians on the Gaza strip leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands more displaced. The region has possibly witnessed the highest number of people living below the line of poverty and in extreme poverty. People are daily living without food, clean water and basic access to health care.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) has been supporting various programs in Palestine and in the Gaza strip since 2008. In addition to its emergency relief, MWF is currently providing higher education to students who have directly been affected by the constant attacks.

As per instructions of its founding leader Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, MWF’s main focus has been to provide Food Security for families in Gaza ensuring they have access to both food and clean water for two or three months.

Local field officers in Shujaiyah set main points for collection of aid in which families were provided sacks of rice and food ration. Our implementing partners personally went to the nearby neighbourhood to provide clean water to homes of the affectees. The team also visited local schools to share gifts with children and orphans on the day of Eid-ul-Adha.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation would like to thank all its donors for their kind support and donations and urge to continue support ongoing relief and development efforts in Gaza. MWF will be further expanding on a larger scale food and clean water project with a long term Education plan.

Donate towards the ongoing Gaza emergency and development appeal.

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


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).


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.


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.


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


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


  • 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.


  • 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.