On Friday, 28 September 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Sulawesi, Indonesia, unleashing a tsunami that hurled water as high as 20 feet over the city of Palu. The death toll so far has reached almost 1,500 and due to increase. Meanwhile, people are starving, shops have been looted and the danger of disease is imminent.
Our charity of the month is GlobalGiving, and specifically their Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund
GlobalGiving is the largest global crowdfunding community connecting non-profit organizations, donors and companies in nearly every country in the world. Since 2002, they have helped raise more than USD350 million, and provided aid in 170 countries. They partner with non-profit organisations in different countries, and post the projects that are really needed.
Their Disaster Recovery Network under Global Giving, channels donations and grants directly to the areas that need help and aid. By giving these donations directly to local organizations, who are on the ground and understand the community better than anyone else, they're ensuring help will be given exactly where it's needed.
We pray that Allah s.w.t. ease the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Sulawesi, and that they will overcome this disaster with enduring faith and patience. Let's help in any way we can to lighten their burden.
It was a hectic time for us recently as we unveiled 2 new bags, so we decided to pool the RM10 from the sale of each bag in July and August and make one donation, to a very worthy cause, the UNRWA.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East was established in 1949 to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees. When it began operations in 1950, it provided aid to about 750,000 Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem; today the number has increased to 5 million.
UNRWA human development and humanitarian services include primary and vocational education, primary health care, relief and social services, infrastructure and camp improvement, microfinance and emergency response, including in situations of armed conflict.
On 1 September 2018, the US announced that it will no longer provide funding to the Agency after decades of support. UNRWA's global fundraising campaign, #DignityIsPriceless aims to protect the rights and dignity of millions of Palestine refugees who deserve our solidarity more than ever before. To know more, please visit their website or their Facebook page.
Please donate generously and may Allah shower you with His barakah in this world and the next, Aameen.
We love when people get together to do wonderful things for the less fortunate ... and invite even more people to join them! Now this is a squad we will be cheering for!
For the month of June 2018, our charity of the month is the Ukhwah 4 Ummah, and specifically their Squad - Global Celebrity Volunteer campaign.
Ukhwah for Ummah is an NGO, aiming to invite people to the program and instil brotherhood among fellow Muslims and showcase the beauty of Islam to other religions. They hold monthly tarbiah and motivational programs, shahadah programmes for new Muslim brothers and sisters, visits to orphanages and the elderly, and also launched global compaigns to raise funds to build a mosque in Seville, Spain and Tadabur Quran in Egypt.
For their Squad - Global Celebrity Volunteer program, 12 Malaysian celebrities join forces to help raise money for 4 projects in 4 countries - Tabang 4 Marawi (Philippines), Water 4 Malawi (Malawi), School 4 Godda (India) and Misija 4 Bosnia (Bosnia).
For this month, we have chosen the Water 4 Malawi project - aimed at improving health and hygiene levels of vulnerable communities affected by flooding. An estimated 6,000 people are expected to benefit in the provision of water supply to rural Malawi, which is a truly worthwhile cause.
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.