April 13, 2018

CHARITY OF THE MONTH - MARCH 2018

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.

For more info, please visit their website here or their dedicated website for Rohingya here or have a look at their Facebook page here.

Jazakumullahu khairan.

March 11, 2018

CHARITY OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY 2018

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. 

Read more about the amazing work they're doing at the website here and their Facebook page here.

Jazakumullahu khairan for our February purchasers, RM10 from the sale of each bag has been donated :)

 

February 12, 2018

CHARITY OF THE MONTH - JANUARY 2018

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. 

More info can be obtained from their website or their Facebook page. Make a difference in a child's life and donate today :))

Jazakumullahu khair to our January purchasers, may Allah accept it from us and from you. .. Insyaa Allah ...

 

January 12, 2018

CHARITY OF THE MONTH - DECEMBER 2017

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 :)

 

December 09, 2017

CHARITY OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER 2017

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.

 

 

If you would like to learn more about MyCare or Aqsa Syarif, please visit their website or their Facebook page. Please donate generously, for Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

'Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).'
November 08, 2017

CHARITY OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER 2017

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.

If you'd like to learn more of their wonderful work, please visit their website or the Facebook page.

Thanks to our October purchasers, may Allah accept your kindness and sadaqa.

October 04, 2017

CHARITY OF THE MONTH - AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2017

Assalamualaikum!

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!

August 09, 2017

CHARITY OF THE MONTH - JULY 2017

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.

For further info, please visit the PFTA website here or you can also read all about Zaytoun and make a donation here.

Barakallahu feek to our July customers :)

 

July 04, 2017

CHARITY OF THE MONTH - JUNE 2017

We celebrated Eid at the end of June 2017, and for many of us it was a beautiful event, shared by family and friends, with plenty to eat and drink and often lasting for several days. For some in the world, though, Eid is hardly celebrated perhaps due to war, poverty, oppression, or various other reasons.

For our Charity of the Month for June, we have chosen Human Appeal, a charity which have  been delivering aid and development programs that transform lives in the world’s poorest nations for more than 25 years.

Specifically we have made a donation on behalf of our June purchasers to their Eid Gift appeal. For only GBP15, a child somewhere in the world will get to know the joy of Eid, perhaps for the first time in their lives.

There is a month of Syawal so there is plenty of time left to give the joy of Eid to a child today :)))

Please visit the Human Appeal website here (where you will find lots of info about their other appeals) or their Facebook page here.

Thank you for reading!

June 12, 2017

CHARITY OF THE MONTH - MAY 2017

For this blessed month of Ramadan, our charity is the Ramadan Appeal 1438H organized by Islamic Relief Malaysia under the campaign - Ramadhan Ini Masanya (Now Is The Time).

Targeting to provide aid to 28 countries - namely Malaysia, Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Chad, Chechnya , China, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Malawi, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Palestine (Gaza) , Palestine (West Bank), Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, Zimbabwe -  RM100 can provide a food pack for one family.

In 2016, they successfully distributed over 200,000 food packs in 31 countries and areas, benefiting more than 1.5 million of the world’s poorest. With your help, we can make 2017 an even better year in terms of donations and the people assisted, Insya Allah.

In some countries, Ramadhan is a time of plentiful abundance, and sadly wastage. Let's end this trend and help those less fortunate.

You can read more at the Islamic Relief website here and their Facebook page here.

Thank you!

 

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