The news of brother Ali Banat's passing recently greatly saddened us. Being diagnosed with cancer, instead of bringing him down, in fact spurred him on to change his life and to continuously seek the pleasure of Allah s.w.t.. For our charity of the month, we have chosen brother Ali's charity, MATW (Muslims Around The World) Project.
MATW- Muslims Around The World started out in October 2015 to assist those less fortunate in the poverty stricken areas of Togo in Africa. It aims to build a village which will be home to over 200 widows, a masjid for the local community and a school to house 600 orphans. A mini hospital/medical centre and businesses to support the local community are also going to be established. Best of all, 100% of the donations will be delivered with 0% administrative fee as all fees are covered by sponsorship.
They have various projects ongoing, such as the Chive project (2 schools, a mosque, homes for widows and children), the MATW Village Project (200 homes for widows/orphans, colleges for young adults, mosque, medical centre) as well as projects for water wells, cemeteries, and orphan sponsorships.
We have donated RM10 from each bag purchased, on behalf of our purchasers, to the Togo Village Fund. May Allah s.w.t. accept it from our purchasers and from us, and may Allah raise the rank of brother Ali and enter him into Jannatul Firdaus without hisab. Ameen.
Here at Hessa, we love our teachers, for where would we be without them? For our Charity of the Month for May 2018, we have chosen a Malaysian charity, Teach For Malaysia.
Teach For Malaysia is on a mission to end education inequity and believes that a child’s education and future should not be determined by his or her background. So many intelligent children out there are unable to complete their education due to constraints such as their socio-economic backgrounds.
Teach For Malaysia has an excellent concept - recruit outstanding graduates and young professionals as 'Fellows' to be full-time teachers in high-need schools for 2 years, and train and support them to teach and collaborate with other teachers and leaders, to be part of the solution to the challenges faced by the Malaysian communities.
You can either donate or even better, apply to be a Fellow with Teach For Malaysia, and make a difference in the lives of young minds all over the country. Further details can be found at their website here or their Facebbok page here.
Thank you to our purchasers for April! :)
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
It's now just over a month away from Ramadan, and around this time of year, we normally choose a charity that helps those less fortunate receive some food for their iftar. This year, we have chosen the Ramadan Aid Mission run by the Muslim Volunteer Malaysia (MVM) for Rohingya Refugees.
Guided by the principle of ‘Action Today Will Change the Future’, MVM hopes to create a caring society so that communities are strengthened, social responsibilities are implemented and all of us join together to lighten the burden of those in need.
The sum of only RM10 can sponsor a person's meal for iftar under their Rohingya: We Care appeal. They hope to provide meals for 20,000 Rohingya refugees this year, on top of their other initiatives throughout the year.
In addition to financial donations, you can also donate your time and effort by signing up as MVM volunteers; registration can be done at their website.
Let us make this Ramadan all about abundance in prayer and charity and good deeds, and not about excesses and wastage of food. May Allah accept it from us, Insyaa Allah.
This February, we have chosen a wonderful charity as our charity of the month - the Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF).
Founded in the USA in 1991, the PCRF aims to provide medical and humanitarian relief collectively and individually to Arab children throughout the Levant, regardless of their nationality, politics or religion. They have professional volunteer medical advisors in many different specialties from all over the world who help to direct and support the treatment of patients and developing long-term support for training and medical missions.
Last year, they sent 145 medical missions to Gaza, West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon, sent 40 children abroad for medical treatment and and benefited 12,786 children.
Recently, amongst others, they sponsored 15 children from Syria for ENT surgery in Lebanon, sent a French oncologist to Gaza, and provided winter relief to refugee children in Lebanon.
Jazakumullahu khairan for our February purchasers, RM10 from the sale of each bag has been donated :)
It's a new year, let's make it a fresh start and fill it with great intentions! :))
For January 2018, we have chosen Suka Society as our Charity of the Month.
SUKA Society or Persatuan Kebajikan Suara Kanak-kanak Malaysia (SUKA) is a registered Non Governmental Organization established to protect and preserve the best interests of children.
Their main focus right now is in three main areas, namely greater access to education for Orang Asli children, protecting and restoring women and child survivors of human trafficking and advocating for alternatives to detention for children affected by arrest and detention.
It's no wonder that they were awarded the United Nations Malaysia Award 2015 for their work. They run wonderful programmes to make sure children in crisis situations, such as trafficked children and children in detention, receive fair and just treatment and that all children, especially those who are marginalised, are empowered to grow and develop into their best potential.
Jazakumullahu khair to our January purchasers, may Allah accept it from us and from you. .. Insyaa Allah ...
For the last month of the 2017, we chose Make-A-Wish Malaysia as our charity of the month. The Make-A-Wish charities around the world started in USA in 1980, but the Malaysian chapter began in 2010.
The charity helps children aged between 3-18 years suffering from life-threatening medical conditions to realize their wishes, hopes and dreams. Some wish to be a policeman or a princess for a day, and others wanted a day out at a special place (like dear litte Aisya Zahira (battling Suprasellar Germ Cell Tumour) at Legoland) :)
... and little Luqman (battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), who wanted to ride in a sports car :)))
And look at little Almas in her shiny red jeep!
As Make-A-Wish Malaysia states, they "allow the child and their family to put aside their challenges for a day by immersing themselves in the activities organised on Wish Day. Each wish sees families filled with hope, strength and joy, and empowered to once again take up the fight against the medical challenges they face."
Thanks to our December purchasers, Insyaa Allah your donation will help put a smile on a child's face :)
For the month of November 2017, RM10 from each bag sold was chanelled to Humanitatian Care Malaysia, or MyCare, and specifically to one of their 6 humanitarian agencies, Aqsa Syarif.
MyCare is a non-proft organization, functioning as an umbrella for 6 agencies which previously worked independently. By joining forces, all humanitarian efforts can be united so that all potential, resources and expertise can be shared for the benefit of humanity.
Established in 2010, Aqsa Syarif was formed by individuals passionate about the struggle to liberate al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestine. It has disbursed RM45 million worth of aid in 5 years, and is one of the key partners in a global fundraising initiative to rebuild Gaza.
For the month of November 2017, we have chosen Insaf Malaysia, a Malaysian-based charity as our charity of the month.
Upholding the mission of helping to improve the lives of vulnerable people the world over., who are at risk because of war, natural disasters, socio-economic crises or health emergencies, this charity has been providing aid since 2009.
Their activities are varied, from helping distribute rice to the needy to providing eye screening to schoolchildren from needy families, to building tube wells for the poor in Bangladesh.
Thanks to our October purchasers, may Allah accept your kindness and sadaqa.
Our online store was closed for three weeks in August and September, therefore we have decided to pool the collection from the sale of our bags for these 2 months and choose only one charity.
In November 2016, our charity of the month was the Myanmar Emergency Appeal by Muslim Aid. Recent events, however, made us realize that help is needed more than ever for our Rohingya brothers and sisters in Myanmar. This time, we have chosen the Human Relief Foundation (HRF) as our charity of the month.
The specific appeal we have chosen is the Rohingya Emergency Appeal.
The Rohingya have suffered years of persecution in Myanmar, and UN figures indicate that over 85,000 have arrived in Bangladesh following the violence. So far most other nations are reluctant to help, save a few such as Bangladesh and Turkey.
HRF are helping by providing food packs, installing water wells and pumps to ensure clean water supply and running medical camps in Bangladesh for the refugees arriving at the border. Medical doctors, nurses and helpers aid up to 80 vulnerable people in on day, prescribing patients check-ups and prescriptions.
You can visit the HRF website here or their Facebook page here, to learn more about their wonderful efforts and how you can help. Give to another in need and Insyaa Allah, help will be there for us when we are in need.
Jazakumullahu khair to our purchasers!
Assalamualaikum everyone! :)
For the month of July 2017, we are guided by our beloved Prophet s.a.w' s hadith:
"If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (sadaqah) for him." - Imam Bukhari.
Our charity is the Trees for Life programme run by the Palestine Fair Trade Association which provides olive & almond saplings to Palestinian farmers and covers the majority of the cost of the saplings.
The Trees for Life initiative, which started in 2006, targets young families, starter farmers, small farmers, women farmers, and farmers who have recently cultivated lands impacted by the Israeli wall or subject to field or trees destruction by the Israeli military. In 2016, more than 13,542 saplings have been distributed to more than 250 farmers in 20 various villages in the west bank.
Our contribution was chanelled through Zaytoun, a social enterprise and community interest company based in the UK, which aims to create and develop a UK market for artisanal Palestinian produce.
Barakallahu feek to our July customers :)