For Muslims, Ramadan is the most important month in the calendar. A lot of people are at their most generous at this time. During Ramadan this year, the British Muslim community came together to raise funds to help those who need it most.
Human Appeal UK – a Muslim humanitarian aid charity – raised over £170,000 during the holy month, with the money going towards a number of worthwhile causes right here in the UK. To find out more, keep reading.
Muslims for Manchester
Since the terror attack on May 22 at the Manchester Area, Human Appeal has raised over £28,000 as part of its Muslims for Manchester project. On behalf of the British Muslim community, the charity has collected donations for the victims of the attack, with the money going towards paying for the funerals of the victims, as well as helping pay for the survivors’ medical costs.
Grenfell Tower disaster relief
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster on June 14, Human Appeal helped raise money for those affected. To date, it has banked over £80,000 in addition to approximately £30,00 in pledged donations and in-kind donations worth £5,000. This amount is expected to rise as fundraising continues.
In collaboration with charitable organisations Muslim Aid, National Zakat Foundation and Islamic Relief, Human Appeal has worked with the Grenfell Muslim Response Unit to help the victims of the fire that left hundreds of families without a place to live.
Ramadan Cooking Challenge
In partnership with Sufra-NW London – a food bank and kitchen – Human Appeal hosted its Ramadan Cooking Challenge. On June 17, the charity cooked over 500 meals and distributed the food to disadvantaged families suffering from food poverty throughout London. Human Appeal raised £1,000 to run the project and had the help of over 60 volunteers on the day.
Ramadan Kitchen Project
On June 24, the charity hosted its Ramadan Kitchen Project event. The project was run from two locations – London and Manchester – and saw Human Appeal partner up with UK food redistribution organisation FareShare to provide food to over 400 charities.
Raising £10,000 to fund the project, Human Appeal used the donated food to create nutritious meals to share with 9,000 beneficiaries. The food was distributed among the homeless, community hubs, rehabilitation centres, lunch clubs for the elderly and refuges for survivors of domestic abuse. With the help of over 60 volunteers, the food was packed into trays that included hand-written messages of hope and thanks.
Helping the homeless with Street Support
Human Appeal also raised £10,000 for Street Support – an online homeless charity. Together, the two charities provided support to 80 organisations in Greater Manchester that are dedicated to helping homeless people across the city. With the funds raised, Street Support can continue to provide its online services that are aimed at making it easier for vulnerable people to get the help they need.
Even though Ramadan is over for another year, Human Appeal UK still needs your help and support. To find out how you can make a difference, you can visit the charity’s website.