Each year we select a charity which they wish to help by joining partners in the venture &
fundraising on the day. Al Hamdulilah, this years charity is Al-Khair Foundation.
Today, Al-Khair Foundation (AKF) is a UK-based Muslim charity, and although we've been engaged in charitable work from the outset, education was initially our key priority. After our UK schools proved to be a success, AKF started building schools overseas. Our focus was educating orphans and children from underprivileged communities. This led to our work with widows and vulnerable women, and then to the establishment of the AKF shelters. Eventually we launched our water aid and livelihood projects, as well as the Al-Khair Foundation medical aid programmes. 2005 became a turning point for us, when AKF rose to the challenge of providing emergency aid during the Kashmir Earthquake of that year. This was our first venture into the area of Overseas Disaster Relief. That October, and in the winter months which followed, AKF distributed food, shelter kits and medicine to survivors of the quake. Since then, AKF has undertaken emergency aid missions all over the world. Our support of the Haiti earthquake survivors was recognised by the United Nations in 2010. While during the Japan earthquake of 2011, we were the only UK Muslim charity working with survivors on the ground.
AKF believes that all human life is equal. Every community has a right to benefit from the world's natural resources. Every person has the right to lead a self-sufficient, dignified life. Where people have been affected or uprooted by disasters and conflict, we provide relief to help them through the crisis. But AKF also believes in helping people help themselves. That's why AKF run sustainable development programmes, which range from livelihood projects to long-term water aid solutions.
From internal conflicts to natural disasters, Al-Khair Foundation prides itself in being one of the first on the ground to respond. In the event of an emergency, we dispatch our relief teams to assess the situation, provide vital support and deliver necessary aid. Once on the ground, we work to deliver the essentials (clean water, food, shelter and medication) to survivors and affected people. We have responded to natural disasters and crises in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Palestine, Nepal and the United Kingdom, as well as providing considerable support for refugees fleeing conflict in Syria, Burma and Yemen. AKF also has on-going relief projects in parts of the world where war and regular disasters have left the population without social stability and security.
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