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Congratulations to Majeda al-Saqqa

We congratulate our colleague, Majeda al-Saqqa, from our partner organization, The Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA), for being awarded the Ordre National du Mérite (National Order of Merit). This prestigious award was given to Majeda by French President, Francois Hollande, in honour of her tremendous humanitarian work in the Gaza Strip.

Majeda has worked in the Gaza Strip for over 25 years and along with the CFTA, she has steadfastly supported humanitarian projects in Palestine. For more than 8 years, IDRF has been proud to partner with CFTA on a wide range of health, relief, education, and development programs. Our most recent project, launched in 2014, provides education support in Khan Younis, offering Math, Arabic, English and Science remedial classes to over 600 children. In addition to this service, the camp also enhances the teaching capabilities of teachers and provides psychological supports for students to improve their academic performances by helping them overcome traumatic experiences.

We congratulate Majeda again on this great honour and look forward to continuing our work with her to provide assistance to the most vulnerable peoples of the Gaza Strip.

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Photo Credit: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Regional Office Palestine

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Gujarat India Floods

On Sunday, July 3rd, heavy rains caused the river Mesri banks to overflow and burst, flooding the area of Navabhapura in Godhra, a major city in the Indian state of Gujarat. The floods washed away the homes and property of 500 families, rendering them homeless without food or water.

The Navrachna School, operated by the Janaseva Education Trust (IDRF’s local partner organization) also bore the brunt of the flood, leading to damaged school equipment, including books, electronics, furniture, and the recently funded IDRF computer lab intended to increase computer literacy among school children. The damaged school site is now being used as a shelter by hundreds of displaced people.

While we have established a solid track record of rapidly responding to crises around the world, we could never serve as many people in need without the support of generous donors like you.

Your kind donations are essential to enabling IDRF to help the Janaseva Education Trust repair the Navrachna School and replace its damaged equipment. With your continued support, IDRF can also help the affected local community, which is also home to Navrachna schoolchildren. Please donate to “IDRF India Flood Relief” and join us in helping the community recover from this natural disaster.

 

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Youth Empowering Youth

Today’s youth have it tough: with a rocky job market and employment prospects, young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. As World Youth Skills Day approaches, it encourages us to consider better ways to enable our youth to develop and unlock their potential.

At IDRF, we believe in the power of youth and their role in shaping a brighter future. Our program, Licensed to Learn (L2L), is a reflection of this belief and the power of what youth can achieve once they’ve set their mind to a goal. Established over 14 years ago, L2L has provided over 17,000 at-risk students with over 310,000 hours of positive youth engagement.

L2L primarily works in lower-income and under-resourced areas, where many families cannot afford tutoring or extra-curricular activities, and has become a great way for peer mentors to hone their leadership and mentoring skills, while enabling peer students to receive one-on-one academic support and mentorship.

The testimonies from students speak for themselves. Fatema, a grade 8 tutor, praises the program. “Thank you for giving me the opportunity for learning how to become a peer tutor. I will use these skills that I have now gained for the rest of my life!.”

From a peer perspective, Carlos, a grade 4 student, learned invaluable life lessons. “I learned from my tutor to never give up, try my best, always believe in myself and how to spend my time wisely”.
We wish you a happy World Youth Skills Day and invite you to see how IDRF is championing and harnessing the power of youth!

To find out more, click here.

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The Passing of Humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi – His legacy will live on

On behalf of the Board and staff of IDRF, we are shocked and distraught to learn of the passing of such an esteemed individual Abdul Sattar Edhi.

Words cannot adequately capture the immense impact that Abdul Sattar Edhi has had on the poor people of Pakistan, nor the profound depth of our grief at his passing. The number of lives he has not only saved, but uplifted from poverty and despair, is immeasurable.

“I work for the suffering of the common man, something I am very proud of and will continue to do.” Abdul Sattar Edhi

At IDRF we are feel honoured and privileged to have had the opportunity to work closely with Abdul Sattar Edhi & his son Faisal in supporting the ambulatory program that is being run in Karachi.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Edhi’s family and the people of Pakistan who have lost so much. At the same time, we rejoice for the gift of his life and legacy, and lift it up as an example to us all to dedicate our lives in the service of justice, particularly for the poor.

May Allah SWT grant him jannatul firdaus, and rest his soul in peace.

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Eid Mubarak

As the Holy Month of Ramadan draws to a close, we hope it has provided you with an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the Quran, strengthen your self-discipline and enabled you to give back to the community.

Your generous charitable giving of Zakat and Fitrah to IDRF will enable us to help vulnerable people in the most destitute regions of the world. Through you, we help them lead better lives by providing essential assistance in the form of food and clean water, as well as education, healthcare and job training.

Thank you again for your support and we hope that you will continue to help us conduct life-saving sustainable solutions for the world’s most at-risk people.

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Muslims donate $250,000 to the People of Fort McMurray

IDRF has announced an Eid gift of $250,000 to the people of Fort McMurray. The contribution will be given to Habitat for Humanity for rebuilding and repairing housing for those who were uninsured or had minimal insurance coverage.

“Unfortunately, the fires have left so many families without a place to live. The money raised will be used to repair and build a number of homes, the first being for a single mother of two small children.Thanks to the generosity of the community, this family will have a new place to call home soon,” says IDRF Board Chair, Zeib Jeeva.

The Eid gift for Fort McMurray was raised on the eve of Canada Day in Markham in a fund-raising dinner by Khalid Usman, former Markham councillor, a long-time Advisor of IDRF, with the help of Mayor Frank Scarpitti of Markham, and John McCallum, MP for Markham-Thornhill and minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. IDRF is especially grateful for the tremendous role that Khalid Usman played in spearheading, organizing and managing this event from inception to conclusion.

“What better way for Canadian Muslims to celebrate both Canada Day and Eid than to join hundreds of thousands of other Canadians in helping the fellow-Canadians who’ve had their lives turned upside down in Fort McMurray?” said Zeib Jeeva, IDRF Chair.

IDRF sincerely thanks all its donors, Muslims and non-Muslims, for their participation in this very Canadian endeavour of helping each other in their time of need.

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Your impact in Gaza this Ramadan!

With your help, IDRF will support some of the poorest families in Gaza. Families will receive food parcels that will last 5 weeks instead of just one day. These foods will be purchased locally from small impoverished Gaza farmers and producers. This approach will bring a double benefit, providing food security for families while supporting agriculture and livelihood in Gaza.

Please check out this wonderful video of how you are making an impact in Gaza this Ramadan.

 

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#WorldRefugeeDay

Today, for many, marks the start of summer and an opportunity for Canadians to shed their winter gloom and embrace the sunny side of life for a few months. June, for most Canadians, means sun, beaches and a break from the grind of work. And for Muslims, June is currently the Holy month of Ramadan.

But today is also special because it marks UN World Refugee Day, an opportunity for the world to focus on the over 80 million people who are currently displaced worldwide due to conflicts, natural disasters, climate change, poverty and other crises.

For over thirty years, IDRF has been at the forefront of major humanitarian crises around the world. We have actively worked to alleviate the immense hardships that are experienced by refugees, many of whom are often women and children. For example, for the past five years, IDRF has been delivering necessary relief aid and providing sustainable solutions to help those who escaped the Syria conflict and took refuge in Lebanon and Turkey.

Your support has made a significant difference in the lives of millions of displaced people whose plight highlights the continued need for critical aid. By donating, you can help more people than ever before.

Join us today to celebrate the courage and resilience of refugees by sharing the hashtag #WorldRefugeeDay and visit us here to learn how you can continue to give your support.
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IDRF Golf Tournament 2016

We are delighted to announce that the IDRF ANNUAL GOLF, which took place on Saturday June 4, 2016, was very successful!

The event, which was Sold Out in advance, took place on a glorious sunny day.

It started off with a fun Putting Contest for the early arrivals, and then the Tournament started in earnest, with every Foursome vying for the Trophies, while also taking shots at Beating the Pro, and swinging their best for a chance to win other contests.

And after the 18 Holes had been completed, and they were partaking of the sumptuous Lunch, everyone had a chance to win one of the many interesting Raffle prizes or Auction items that had been so generously donated. 

The proceeds from the Golf will go towards IDRF Project L2L, to help vulnerable children improve their academic performances in Ontario schools.

A Big Thank You to all our generous Sponsors, donors and prize donors and the enthusiastic players, as well as our hard-working Golf Committee. Your efforts and generous support made this our most successful fundraising Golf Tournament to date!

IDRF, Muslims and Friends of Fort McMurray Iftar & Fundraising Dinner

IDRF, Muslims and Friends of Fort McMurray Iftar & Fundraising Dinner


IDRF, Muslims and Friends of Fort McMurray are holding an Iftar and Fundraising Dinner on June 30th, 2016 at Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall, Markham to raise funds in support of victims of Fort McMurray Forest Fire.
 

Albertans’ lives have been in upheaval since the wildfire, fuelled by strong winds, overwhelmed crews last Tuesday afternoon, cutting the main road through Fort McMurray and sending its 80,000 inhabitants fleeing north and south.

By Tuesday, the Alberta government said the fire had grown – as expected – to about 229,000 hectares after two separate fires joined together.  The last damage assessment estimated 2,400 structures, mostly homes, burned in the south and southwest areas of the city.  Many might not have a home waiting for them.

IDRF is currently providing emergency relief but is assessing the long term needs and would like to participate in the building of destroyed houses and other capital projects once the residents are allowed to return to their homes.

At a time when Muslims will be observing the Holy month of Ramadan, we are calling upon everyone to come together and show caring and generosity  towards members of our ‘Canadian family’  who need our help at their time of need.

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Chair

Khalid Usman, FCPA, CPA

IDRF Advisory Council Member 

Honourary Chairs

Hon. John McCallum

Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship

Frank Scarpitti.

Mayor, City of Markham

Event Details 

Event:         IDRF, Muslims and Friends of Fort McMurray Iftar & Fundraising Dinner

Date:          Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Ticket:         $100 per person

Location:    Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall, 60 McDowell Gate Markham, Ontario

Time:          Registration 6:30pm

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