Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day: Homeless Muslims

As part of blog action day, I'd like briefly highlight the work of an amazing community organization -- Muslimat Al-Nisaa -- tackling both poverty AND homelessness within the Baltimore-DC area Muslim community. Lest you think that this is just a small, isolated problem, the Washington Post recently ran an article on homelessness among Muslim women. Some estimate that there are several hundred homeless Muslim women in the DC area. Driven out of their homes after losing their jobs or by abusive spouses, these women have few places to turn to for help. The services that Muslimat al-Nisaa provide are part of our communal obligation to support those in need and essential to building a healthy community. Donating our money or time is the least we can do to help them.

The organization, run by Sister Asma Hanif, recently opened the first Muslim Women’s Center (MWC) that has space for 15-25 women and provides training, counseling and medical services to homeless women and their children. “It is not just a place for them to sleep comfortably. Our goal is to get them prepared to stand up on their own feet,” said Sister Asma Hanif, in a recent interview with the Muslim Link. I had a chance to talk to Sister Asma at ISNA this year. She mentioned that they need about $5000 per month for BASIC shelter operations (with some additional food and donations), so even your $10-20 per month can make a big difference insha'Allah.

To donate, please send a check to the address below or visit the website to set-up a recurring donation.

Muslimat Al Nisaa
5115 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21207
phone (410) 466-8686
fax (410) 466-5949
www.mnisaa.org

And if you want further proof that your small donation can make a difference: with your help, DC Green Muslims ranked in the TOP FIVE organizations in the Capital Area Food Bank's "Skip a Lunch, Feed a Bunch" program. THANK YOU to all who contributed!




3 comments:

kouji | haiku said...

that sounds like a great organization. it's good of you to draw people's attention to what it does.

does the organization use goodsearch?

for my part, i turn to sites like freerice (rice donation), kiva (microfinance), and goodsearch (donation per search), as ways to help alleviate poverty online. i also put up their banners on my blog. :)

saw this post via the blog action day site. it's great that you're participating. :)

Mohamad A. Chakaki said...

indeed... thanks for highlighting this, sanjana. really enlightening.

i met sister asma at ISNA this year (their booth was right next to ours/Ohio-IPL's!), but didn't realize all that they do for the women they work with... masha'Allah! :)

i'd like to take part in this... how can we help (in addition to donating, of course)?

thanks again!

salaam :)
mohamad

Mohamad A. Chakaki said...

...and a BIG thanks to all the generous people – including ADAMS people – who contributed to the "skip a lunch, feed a bunch" effort! :)