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KENYA 2014 REPORT


We support many orphans in dire conditions, living with single guardians e.g. grandparents, uncles and aunts. We decided the best way to help these poor orphans was to sponsor them where they are living rather than build an orphanage. The reason behind this being the need to keep the children within their own family and environment.

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EAST AFRICA 2013 REPORT


Through the grace and blessing of Allah, the Almighty, on the 13th March 2013 our colleagues were able to embark on their 10th visit to Kenya. The group of thirteen included nine individuals who travelling with the charity for the first time. As always, the purpose of the trip was to assess and understand the condition of Muslims in Western Kenya so that the team's first hand experience is disseminated to a wider audience with the aim of achieving greater levels of support towards the charity. May Allah accept the efforts that are made and may He allow us all to continue contributing towards charitable works.

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Somalia Report (2012)


For three consecutive years, the rainy seasons in Somalia yielded little return. Rains were scant and crop yields were dismal. 2011 became a tipping point. An expected rainy season from April to June failed to arrive. Crops failed, wells dried up and livestock died. The price of water and cereals rose to record levels. It became the worst drought witnessed in Somalia for 60 years.

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East Africa Awareness Report (2012)


Through the grace and blessing of almighty Allah (swt) on the 11th February 2012 Angel Welfare and Education Trust & The Open Hearts, Open Minds Foundation were able to embark on their visit to Kenya / Uganda. The group of nine included three individuals who were travelling with the charity for the first time.
As always, the purpose of the trip was to assess and understand the condition of Muslims in Western Kenya, identify most needy projects and visit Uganda in order to extend our reach to bordering areas, so that the team's first hand experience is disseminated to a wider audience with the aim of achieving greater levels of support towards the charity. May Allah almighty accept the efforts that are made and may He allow us all to continue contributing towards charitable works.

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Kenya Awareness report 2011   
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Visit to Kenya January 2010


Introduction

Kenya has a population of 30 million of which 9 million (30%) are Muslim. The majority of Muslims live in the coastal regions, which is the more affluent part of Kenya. Western and Northern Kenya have fewer Muslims and is less affluent. The Muslims on the east coast have been there for a few generations, whilst Islam is only reaching the other areas now.

For a few years pre-2004 Sheikh Abdul Rahman Ali Khamis from Nairobi has been coming to England to raise funds for the Muslim Group for Development. Unfortunately, he was unable to visit during the Ramadan of November 2003 as his visa was refused. He wrote to us requesting assistance to raise money for Iftaar (to help feed orphans and widows). In response, we raised approximately £6,000.

Following on from this, Dr. Qudratulla Khan, Hussan Mussa and Nasim Patel, decided to go and see for themselves the state and conditions of the Muslims in Western Kenya. Since then, we have visited six times and have raised a substantial amount. Many virtuous and worthwhile projects have been funded as a result.

Along with a few other brothers in Nairobi, Sheikh Abdul Rahman has been doing this work for a number of years as part of the Muslim Group for Development (MGD).
With its headquarters based near Kakamega, this organisation was only officially formed in 1999. Twenty brothers, including

Hasan Ali and Nweela Nair, are currently running MGD across Western Kenya. Sheikh Abdullah Ibrahim and Sheikh Ibrahim help with the distribution of money, food, Islamic books and the general running of MGD.
Other Imams include Saeed Hussain in Lusheya, Sheikh Swaleh in Eshitinji, and Muhammed Ali in Buschia.

The main purpose of this visit was to initiate self-sufficiency projects and view recently finished projects.

Construction Projects Completed



Malaha Masjid
Shibuli Masjid
Near Uganda Masjid
The following mosques have been completed by the mercy of Allah since the last visit in April 2008.
Mayuge Bunyala
The whole mosque, toilets and well completed.
Malaha
The whole mosque, toilets and well completed.
Shibuli
The whole mosque, toilets and well completed.
Buhayi
The whole mosque, toilets and well completed.
Malava
The whole mosque, toilets and well completed.




Orphan and Widow  
Self Suf ficiency and Poverty Alleviation Programme  
DAIRY COWS

We have now 5 cows and 4 calves. The dairy project has been one of our successful projects. The milk from the dairy cows is sold and the proceeds used to fund projects for orphans. We intend to buy more dairy cows in the future once we have bought the adjacent plot of land. Cost of land will be £7000 and each dairy cow costs £775.

Dawa Centre - Shitinji

ARTISANS
We have identified individuals in various villages who, with a little help, would be able to work for themselves. Some youngsters require school fees and some need tools to work in their trade. We have sponsored two young intelligent students on a laboratory technicianís course. We have bought three foot-pumps for farmers to use to water their fields. Some farmers were given fertiliser and seeds. All these projects have provided the beneficiaries with jobs and a means to earn their own income. The individuals involved have more self-esteem and feel valued members of their communities. It goes without saying, more funding for small project work like this is needed to help this whole region.

   




Wells

Water is a luxury for the people of Western Kenya - especially running water. Most people go to wells to collect water on a daily basis. Some have to walk up to three kilometres to their nearest wells. MGD has calculated the cost to build a well to be £400. These wells are used by all the local population for their daily needs - including farming and water for their livestock. £400 is not a lot of money to provide a village of 200-300 hundred residents with water. It costs £950 for a new well with a pump, and £575 for a new pump on an existing well.
Over the last few of years, we have built wells at the following locations:
Shimuli, Nambache, Lubao, Sigalame, Manyata, Makunda, Shitukhume, Kimilili, Kambiri, Malava, Chamnego, Mayuge, Makhumbi, Fuvare, Mugai, Bulupi, Butali, Chebuyusi, Ganga, Isulu, Iluya, Kwanza, Eshiakulo, Iresi, Mumias Muslim Girls School, Makunda Secondary school, Ekero, Namamari, Kaina, Mumias, Munjiti, Kakamega, Musabale, Mayuge Bunyala, Brangasi, Siaya, Muchino, Eshifuyo, Musanda, Ngairwe, Township primary school, Mwilunya, Nyapora, Ndori, Shibinga, Buleri, Lwanda shop, Buhayi, Musaga, Shibuli, Nkhitsaka, Kutaso and Ndalo.

Future projects

Many mosques need immediate attention for either repair or full reconstruction. Of the many we have seen, the priorities are:
Maraba £7500
Shitinji £40,000
Esiago £7500
Mutsuma £7500
Lutaso £5000
Musaga £12,000
Shikufu £7500
Emusanyi £7500
Ejinja £2000
Buhuyi £12,000
Bondeni £5000
Likolis £10,000




Typical Mosque in Western Kenya

Outstanding projects from previous years:strong Mwiyenga, Lusheya, Kibigori, Makale, Amogoro, Makunda, Makhuyumi, Musabale, Kiriboti, Khwisera, Shibinga, Muchino, Kaunda and Eshifuyo.

Interest Money



Interest money, which most of us accrue, is being used to make much needed toilets. Each toilet block costs £600 and is made of brick. In addition to providing sanitation, these blocks have septic tanks which reduce the spread of disease and enhance general hygiene.
Toilet blocks have been constructed at:

Makunga, Shimuli, Sigalame, Shitinji, Nambache, Shinyalu, Chebuyusi, Khongoyokoshi, Kambiri, Mayuge and Likolis.




New toilet block

Ramadan Iftaar and Eid clothes

For the last few Ramadanís, money for 1000 families has been raised to allow them to have sufficient food for Iftaar. Additionally, we provided Eid clothes for 750 orphans with your kind donations.


Iftaar is £30 per family for the whole of Ramadan

Eid clothes are £15 per child. This includes shoes, trouser and shirts for boys, and dresses for girls.




A typical Western Kenyan toilet

Food distribution


Amalemba
Muslim Population: 1000
Orphan children: 25
This mosque is also a centre for food distribution for MGD. Presently there are 45 widows who collect food from here weekly. They are given maize, rice, sugar and cooking fat. Food distribution is now aproximately £30 per parcel per month for family




One ration bag

Kakamega Central Mosque
Muslim Population: 2000
Orphan children: 25
This is a central regional mosque where a lot of MGD activities take place. Sheikh Abdullah Ibrahim and Sheikh Ibrahim reside and work from here. They look after the local community and other mosques in this region. The food distribution centre from here caters for approximately 75 widows. They are all given rice, maize, sugar and cooking fat fortnightly.




Widows collecting food

Shitukhume
Muslim population: 7000
Orphan children: 85
This is a large area of Muslims near Mumias where a lot of help is needed. Broken families and the lack of jobs has affected this area with devastating effect.




One "Sadqah goat portion" of meat given with each ration bag

Other needs


IMAM WAGES AND MOSQUE MAINTENANCE

Imamís wages and mosque maintenance cost approximately £50.00 per month. The Imams mostly reside in a property specially built next to the mosque for them. Most do not have another job because of their duties to the mosque and madrassa. They survive on what the local Muslims have to offer them, who are largely poor and destitute themselves. Fifty pounds a month is not too much to ask for looking after a whole community and their mosque. Sow the seeds of Islam today and, InshaAllah, be rewarded until the Day of Judgement. PRAYER MATS


Prayer mats are essential because there are no rugs or carpets. The floor in most mosques is made of mud, leading to many insects and undesirables. Prayer mats would cost £250 for a large mosque, £150 for a medium sized mosque, and £70 for a small mosque. We currently have a list of 40 mosques which require prayer mats urgently.




A newly built mosque

MEDICAL CAMP


Medicine is a much sought after luxury in Western Kenya. It is difficult to find a doctor to diagnose and then a pharmacy to dispense medicine. Medical camps previously run by MGD have been very successful. They are open to everyone - Muslims and non-Muslims alike. There are usually one or two doctors and a few nurses helping. While people are waiting to see the doctors, the Imam gives talks and lectures on Islam. The camp is mobile and travels across western Kenya and then up North Kenya. Planning these camps is difficult and resources are costly, hence MGD and allied charitable groups keep it as an annual event. Total cost: £5000




The new mosque from inside

Other needs (continued)  
Daawa Centre - Shitinji


The site for the Daawa centre is in Shitinji, which is approximately five minutes from Kakamega by car. The purpose of this centre is mainly for learning and teaching Deen to new and old Muslims. Temporary accommodation facilities for orphans are being organised by the locals and the focus of their stay will be learning Islam. New Muslims can learn Deen and go back to their villages whilst the older brethren polish up on their knowledge. Other activities include gatherings for regional discussions for Imams, and talks on Deen to Muslims. This site was chosen for the Daawa centre because it is on a large plot of land: approximately 15 acres and not far from Kakamega. A Preston Muslim has donated the well at this location. The following activities are being planned for the Daawa centre:

Objective: To initiate new Muslims into Islam and teach them the basics of our religion. Separate dates for females and males.

3. YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMME
Duration: 10 days
Cost: £1950
No. Of participants: 750

Objective: To give Islamic training to create Islamic awareness in them. The programme will be on different dates for boys and girls.

4. LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSE
Duration: 3 days
Cost: £500
No. Of participants: 40

Objective: For Muslim elders to be effective in their villages as leaders.

1. ORPHANS RELIEF PROGRAM
Duration: 20 days
Cost: £2750
No. Of participants: 100

5. SPECIAL COURSE FOR IMAMS
Duration: 15 days
Cost: £2000
No. Of participants: 90

Objective: To improve their knowledge performance and effectiveness as Imams.

2. CRASH TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR NEW MUSLIMS
Duration: 30 days
Cost: £2500
No. Of participants: 75

 

Objective: To equip them with knowledge and skills enabling them to handle Islamic Religious Education as a school subject.

Other needs (continued)

6. WORKSHOP FOR DAIíS (PREACHERS)
Duration: 5 days
Cost: £1500
No. Of participants: 50

Objective: To standardise approach and harmonise Daawa work. To resolve tension within the Muslim community.

7. MADRASSA MAALIMS TRAINING  
Duration: 15 days
Cost: £2500
No. Of participants: 40

Objective: To improve the Maalims performance as teachers. To improve their knowledge, Imaan and character.

8. ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TRAININING COURSE FOR SCHOOL TEACHERS  
Duration: 15 days
Cost: £2500
No. Of participants: 40

 
9. CENTRE ADMINISTRATOR.

We now have a Centre Administrator (Shaikh Swaleh), who resides at the site and is settling into his role.
 

Orphan sponsor and student grants


We came across many orphans in very dire conditions, living with single guardians, e.g. grandparents, uncles and aunts.

After many discussions we decided that the best way to help these poor orphans was to sponsor them where they are living rather than build an orphanage. This way, the children remain within their own family and environment.

Cost for orphan sponsorship and school fees varies between £30 - £50 per month  

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