The invitation for the Supporting Our Sisters London event couldn’t have come at a better time.
Wanting to get involved with charities and explore the multitude of work that’s currently being done for the world’s most vulnerable, this event moved, inspired and captured me. Muslim Charity, is an organisation that strives to help nearly every area in need when it comes to aid, development and support.
The Supporting Our Sisters event focused on raising funds for a stable educational future for hundreds of young girls and livelihood opportunities for older women in rural and poor regions around Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Somalia and the Middle East.
Held at the Hilton Hotel in Paddington, the evening consisted of a delicious three course dinner, passionate nasheeds and live talks with individuals who have been involved with Muslim Charity and who have also had the chance to see first hand, the work that’s being done to help improve dire situations.
Global statistics showing the true extent of children and girls out of school are shocking. More than half of the 100 million children around the world not in school are girls, according to UNICEF. Furthermore, of the 1.29bn people living in poverty, a staggering 70% of them are women. Young girls who dream of an education are made to grow up before their time, taking care of chores and managing a home. In some cases they’re forced into marriage at a very young age – robbing them of their childhood and innocence.
Supporting Our Sisters was set up in remembrance and in the hope of continuing the legacy of Khadija (RA), Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) wife. Her commitment to empowering women and her championing of women’s rights has ignited a fire within Junaid Jamshed, the Vice President of Muslim Charity, Waseem Badani, a leading Pakistani TV host and Amjad Hussain, a former folk-singer.
The seven night tour which commenced in Rochdale on May 1st, and will end in Glasgow on May 11th looks to raise money to help build schools and support young girls as they receive an education – something every child should have the right to. A donation of £10,000 will enable the development of one school. So far, an estimated £226,000 has been raised from the tour.
Upon completion, the facilities being provided will undoubtedly go a long way in improving the lives of these young girls. As well as nurturing the future of these children, older women are given the chance to make a living for themselves with hampers filled with sewing essentials. This enables them to develop a skill, which they can then pass on to their children and generate an income. Speaking at the event, one of Muslim Charity’s volunteers who was fortunate enough to travel and see the work being done, explained that women were given dignity in the way they earn a living.
Muslim Charity looks to save lives in emergencies and to help the needy by adopting practical ways to root out poverty from the world through provision of education and a livelihood. I’m so grateful to have been in attendance of such a worthy fundraising dinner. The charity works in 17 countries and in the last few years have reached over 1 million vulnerable people, showing an unwavering commitment to alleviating poverty.
If you wish to donate or find out more about the work being done across several projects, visit the Muslim Charity’s website here.