As Ramadan started, Amirah Foundation organised an event to explain the meaning of this fasting period for Muslims. At the same time, charity representatives explained how their work intensifies over this time, as even more women and children need their support.
Organised at the Women’s Enterprise Hub, the event brought together representatives of Birmingham Central Mosque, representatives of the local churches such as Jessica Foster (St. Peter’s Church) and local politicians such as Roger Godsiff MP. They talked about community cohesion and how solidarity strengthens local communities.
Watch the MP and the CEO of the foundation, Shaz Manir, talk about their mission and the meaning of Ramadan.
Later on, Shaz added that during the fasting time for Muslims the violence against women almost doubles. This year, the foundation expects to help around 40 women and their children who have no other access to food or financial support.
She explained how the charity’s work was supported by the community last year:
Last year in Ramadan, we had Iftar events for women, families and refugees. Each Iftar costs us around £450, including travel arrangements, so we relied on the Muslim community to donate during Ramadan and many wonderfully did. We will be doing the same again this year. This is the spirit of Ramadan and makes a huge difference.
Refugees give back to the community
Members of the foundation and guests gather for a photography at the end of the event.
Louai Al-Musri (middle of the above image), one of the refugees supported by the charity, participated at the Ramadan launch event. Together with a friend, he had spent around 7 or 8 hours to home bake all the Syrian sweets served on the day. It also turned out to be his first day of work on his new job as a bus driver, so Louai left the foundation early to go to work.
The foundation helps refugees with English language courses, but also with professional training in the UK so they can find a job and start giving back to the community which helped them.