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HORN OF AFRICA WATER PROJECT
Imam Qasim has recently returned from an extensive tour of Africa assessing and overseeing Al-Khair’s aid effort in the famine struck Horn of Africa and working along side other International NGO's in helping relieve the suffering of millions of victims.
During his trip the Imam visited the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya. The camps which were constructed to house 90,000 refugees are now sheltering over half a million refugees. While at the refugee camps Imam Qasim distributed over 2500 food packs and water supplies which would provide for 20,000 people.
Imam Qasim said that the greatest need was for the provision of clean water. He announced that Al-Khair Foundation is working on a water supply project at the cost of around £100,000 which will supply clean water for up to 600,000 people. In terms of cost it will be a mere £2 to £3 per family, which is a small price to pay for saving a human's life. Going forward the Imam invited other charities working in the region and worldwide to work together on similar projects, saying that if together we are successful in getting about 200 or 300 of these projects up and running then we will be able to eradicate famine permanently from over half of the effected region.
To this end Imam Qasim postponed his return to the UK and flew to Cairo to source expertise and equipment for the Project.
Under Imam Qasim's supervision Al-Khair teams made further food distributions on the Kenya/Somali border. On the occasion Imam Qasim said this is a very emotional experience, as for most of the people arriving here this is the first time they have received any food since they left their homes. Priority was given to women with small children and the elderly. Aid was distributed in a systemic way using a token process to ensure that the maximum number of families could be given aid.
The Imam called upon all donors to become the driving force behind Al-Khair Foundation and donate as much as you can. We are delivering aid to the needy with your help but can only continue to do so with your ongoing support.
In other Events while in Kenya Imam Qasim led the Jammat for Friday prayers at Landi Masjid in Nairobi and offered Maghrib and Isha prayers in Pangani Masjid in a live telecast on IQRA T.V. before traveling on to Somalia and Ethiopia, to visit the famine effected areas meeting the victims and distributing aid.
In addition to Al-Khair's recent aid distributions, Al-Khair Foundation has to date distributed 60 tonnes of high nutrition food packs in Bubisa, Turbi, Rawana, Walda,Ferole, Huri Hills, Kalacha Elgade, Manyatta, Jilo and numerous other areas in the East and North East region of Kenya, a region which has been confirmed to be in a state of famine.
We have distributed food packs to about 8000 families which contain:
Unimix (Fortified flour for children)
Wimbi (Fortified porridge for adults and children)
High nutrition sweets and biscuits for children
The Latest reports from the OCHA ( United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) have confirmed that 1.85 million of the famine victims in Somalia have now received emergency food aid. However 4 million Somalis are still in urgent need of aid, of whom nearly 1 million are at risk of dying of starvation if aid is not received in the coming few months.
The World Health Organisation has said that although the reported cases of Diarrhoea and Cholera in September have reduced, the seasonal rain in October will almost certainly increase cases of air borne diseases such as Cholera, Measles and Malaria
Our battle against this humanitarian disaster is not over please join us and donate as much as you can.
How can you help
£2500 - to dig a water well
£3000 - provide a small truck load of food
£300 - truck load of drinking water
£100 - provide emergency food to 100 families per day
£100 - maintain 100 animals for a month for food and income
£ 150 - feed 10 malnourished children for a month