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PROJECTS

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In Charity Week, we work together so instead of funding just one project, the unity of the thousands of participants around the world allows for us to fund a range of projects from education to health, from emergency to long-term projects, all across the world.

The choice of what projects will be funded is in the hands of all of you who raise funds for Orphans and Children in Need. Have a read below to find out more about the projects proposed for this year and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to have your say!

To find out more about the impact of the projects since the inception of Charity Week, check out the Projects UnWRAPPED page by clicking here!

EDUCATION

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HUNGER & MALNUTRITION

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EMERGENCY

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Education Projects

Children can often struggle to access basic education due to numerous reasons, from finances, distance, perceptions & responsibilities. Girls are often disproportionately affected. 

Any solution to uplift the education of children needs to be tailored to their needs.

The project sets out to improve the educational status of girls and boys in the provinces of Balkh, Kandahar, Nangarhar in Afghanistan, by increasing access to primary education and spreading awareness of the importance of education. 

Community-Based Education (CBE) provides direct access to quality education for children who do not have access to formal schools. CBE is the only education modality in Afghanistan that has successfully provided educational services to more girls than boys to counteract the gender disparity in education. Afghanistan’s education sector has been growing exponentially and CBE is a major part of this success story. CBE is formally recognized and adopted by the Ministry of Education as a tool to reach rural, remote, and underserved populations. 

  • Children in no formal education will be enrolled and provided education through schools and community based education (CBE)
  • This project will support the process of identifying locations for CBE centers, set them up including all the required resources and equipment, as well as train and deploy teachers to the CBE centers or schools.
  • A management team will also be set up from each CBE, to ensure longer term leadership and engage with local parents, elders and CBE management about the importance of education and children’s rights.

This project also supports Khoog Koor School (Sweet Home School) where 370 orphaned students study from primary to the end of secondary education. The ongoing support for this school was lost, and this project will provide funding for the school to continue for a further year until 2024 with the years 2022 and 2023 being supported with funds raised during CW2021.  

  • Any vulnerable children starting will receive quality teaching during the one year of secondary level of education to be well prepared to continue school at the high school level. They will also receive learning materials including school uniforms, school bags, shoes, and stationery.​
  • The project will also provide teacher salaries and support the running costs of the school in Jalalabad.

The project aims to contribute to the fulfillment of basic rights and core needs for vulnerable communities in Blantyre District. Vulnerable adolescent girls, including orphans, cannot regularly attend school as their families cannot afford the sanitary dignity kits. 

  • Alongside other interventions, this project will provide sanitation dignity kits to adolescent girls.

The arrival of refugees’ community in Sabah started in 1972, which came as refugee for asylum seeking. Sabah, located in East Malaysia or Borneo Island is recorded as the poorest state in Malaysia according to the Malaysian officials. 3 local schools are currently in very poor condition and lacking in many terms including facilities and infrastructure. Besides, electricity and water systems are also very limited and sometimes none in these selected locations.

  • This project focuses on refurbishment of infrastructure at 3 Alternative School for stateless community in Sabah. 
  • In this project, we aim to assist in improving the water, sanitation and hygiene system in these schools as an effort to promote healthy lifestyle and hygienic environment amongst the stateless/undocumented community in Sabah.

In the last 5 years the number of Rohingya refugees has increased in Malaysia. Among the challenges as a refugee in Malaysia, one is their restricted access to education. Schools

provided by the government often only serve the locals, and refugees cannot afford to pay expensive education fee at international schools. Many also struggle with travelling further distances due to lack of personal transport. Thus, the only option is bringing education to them. 

  • Islamic Relief Malaysia has taken a big step by initiating an Alternative Learning Centre for refugees, particularly Rohingyas in Taman Kajang Utama, namely Refugees Intellectual Skills & Excellence (RISE).
  • This project will support these efforts by providing educational materials and training to teachers to deliver the Cambridge syllabus, as well as covering running costs of the school and for activities for the students.

Women and children in Mali are disproportionately affected by ongoing protracted crises and escalating humanitarian needs, and as one of the most vulnerable social demographics, harmful practices and violence against women and children, particularly girls, are driven largely by harmful traditional and cultural beliefs and practices. This project is working in various regions within Mali. 

  • Interventions seek to raise community awareness on the dangers posed by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Gender Based Violence and Child Abuse in the intervention communities. 
  • A faith-based approach will be used, where religious leaders will educate communities quoting scriptures. It has been noted that Faith leaders are trusted and valued and that their messages are well received by the communities.
  • Alongside this, the project will support women and girls, including those who previously pracriced FGM and have now stopped, to strengthen their economic and social status through supporting income generating activities.

Rakhine state is highly susceptible to frequent cyclones and disasters. The Rohingya people are a stranded community whose movement is frequently restricted, denied or access to basic needs and services are extremely controlled. 

  • This project will construct a cyclone shelter which will also operate as a school.  When needed, the shelter will be a point of refuge and communities will be educated on how to access it and use it during a cyclone. 
  • Outside of this, the shelter will be a school, fully equipped with all learning materials and equipment. 
  • There will also be water and sanitation facilities, including showering/bathing points, improving the safe and private access to bathing facilities for women & girls. 
  • One shelter allows for schooling for 600 children (morning & day shifts)
  • 50 showering / bathing points, improving access to 1250 women & girls.

Note: This project has been dedicated as a Sadaqah Jariyyah for our beloved brother and team member Bilal Mohammed, who was dedicated to both education, and giving back to his community, and served as his uni MSA Treasurer and the CW Texas Finance Rep. He passed away earlier this year, may Allah grant him the highest ranks of Jannah. Ameen. 

Children in the Saga Gorou village currently are taught in classrooms built from straw, which is exposed to all the weather conditions and also requires annual repairs and rebuilding from parents, leading to missed classes. There is also a lack of water and sanitation facilities, alongside not enough adequate seating (children sitting on the floor, or bringing their own chair in) and teaching supplies. Despite this there is a willing organisation to run the school long-term, but require the support for a concrete built school with the necessary facilities. 

  • This project will construct 4 classrooms and an office 
  • Construct water & sanitation facilities
  • Provide all the necessary furniture and equipment 
  • Provide resources for teachers
  • Setup and conduct training sessions for school management committee

Lack of access to adequate water supply, insufficient toilet and proper handwashing facilities, and non-practice of hygiene behaviour in schools remain key contributors to hygiene and sanitation challenges. Toilets, handwashing facilities and drinking water points are still evidently inadequate in Gaza schools, according to Ministry of Education and international Water, Sanitation & Health guidelines according to UNICEF. The ratios for student-to-toilet and student-to-handwashing facility are still very high. On average, one toilet caters for 71 students in Gaza and one hand-washing facility caters for 130 in Gaza. The student-to-water point ratio was one water point catering for 158 students.

  • This project aims to improve the Water, Sanitation & Health services at 6 public schools in Gaza Strip, to enhance the access of most vulnerable students to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in an inclusive and effective learning environment
  • The project includes awareness raising activities to promote the importance of good hygiene and cleaning practises

More than 50% of primary school aged children in Somalia are out of education. This is further heightened with a disproportionate impact among girls, extreme poor & rural children.

  • This project aims to improve the access to education opportunities, by strengthening governance structures and school safety
  • Developing flexible classes, remedial support and intensive basic education

All of which provide viable alternatives for students who have other responsibilities which limit their ability to access traditional education.

Children can find themself in unfortunate circumstances where the primary breadwinner suddenly passes away, leaving them and any relatives in need, in the midst of their education and livelihood. 

  • This project aims to support Orphans to provide the funds  to continue and complete their education and cover any needed livelihood costs. 

Schools with poor access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities can lead to students becoming sick from water-borne infections and other ailments. The ​​Thandokwethu School has no permanent ablution facilities. 

  • This project alongside improving the general physical environment of the school, will work on installing proper hand wash, ablution and toilet facilities for the school and conducting awareness sessions in the schools and its surrounding areas to empower teachers and students alike community wide. 
  • This will increase access to safer and cleaner ablution facilities that will in turn make the students’ learning experience a more pleasurable one.

Sri Lanka has been experiencing multiple disasters both are of manmade and natural which lasted for more than four decades. Communal violence that takes place once in a year on an average for the last 4-5 years’ time and natural (Tsunami, frequent floods and drought), in addition to the Covid-19 outbreak continue to have significant impacts on the most vulnerable.

  • This project aims to build a catch up education mechanism to address the gap found in the education sector and to encourage students to continue their education. 
  • One aspect will be to provide bicycles to students who walk long distances to schools to ensure access to education.

Many children are out of education, even at a primary school level. Recently the government of Zanzibar made a commitment to the zero out of school initiative. 

  • This project works to identify and enroll children into education. 
  • Whilst also working on improving school infrastructure and supporting teaching staff. 

Hunger & Malnutrition Projects

Children who are poorly nourished suffer up to 160 days of illness each year 

Child malnutrition hurts cognitive function and contributes to poverty by impeding people’s ability to lead productive lives

One in every two children under-five is facing acute malnutrition and will be at risk of death without timely response. According to latest IPC figures 20 million people are projected to be facing acute food insecurity by the end of 2021, and over one million children risk dying from severe acute malnutrition. A large proportion of children remain without access to nutrition services.

  • This project sets out to complement treatment services offered by public health facilities with preventative services to ensure that children and women are able to break the cycle of malnutrition.
  • The project will provide 3,600 child and mother nutrition screenings, as well as treatment to 6,800 mothers and children suffering from mild acute malnutrition. We will also provide 6,800 pregnant women with maternal healthcare to support the status of their nutrition. Treatment and provision of medicines will be provided for day-to-day health concerns and diseases for both mothers and children which will secondarily improve the nutritional wellbeing of both.
  • Preventative work within the community involves a robust screening and referral system, to identify severe acute malnutrition and refer to the appropriate care, as well as supporting the treatment of children under 5 years of age and pregnant and lactating women. Promoting Infant and Young Child Feeding practices will also help prevent cases where possible.
  • Providing a wide range of micronutrient support to children at risk, including Vitamin A, Iron as well as Micronutrient powder and oral rehydration salt. 
  • Lastly this project aims to ensure children with severe acute malnutrition attend the required hospital appointments by providing cash incentives to compensate mothers and caretakers for the cost of transport to attend in-patient treatment at provincial hospitals.

The project addresses the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by drought in Baidoa and Bardheere districts. 

  • Households will receive emergency food packs as well as non food items to help with sanitation. 
  • Work will also start to build & repair water piping & distribute aquatabs/water purification tablets.

Emergency Projects

Islamic Relief are on the ground working to support thousands of people. As this is an emergency situation we cannot guarantee that all beneficiaries will be children, but will benefit families and the most affected communities

Any emergencies at the time of Charity Week maybe considered too

The combined effect of four failed rainy seasons has pushed parts of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia to the brink, killing livestock, forcing people to leave their homes and increasing levels of child malnutrition. It is estimated that one person is dying every 48 seconds from hunger in East Africa. 

  • This project will provide people with life-saving food and non-food parcels, containing flour, oil, pulses, rice, sugar, and salt.
  • Work will also seek to improve water supplies by repairing old or damaged boreholes and drilling new ones, repairing traditional community water storage pools, and trucking in clean water where there is no other option. 
  • Health workers will also be trained on how to treat severely malnourished children, and supporting nutrition clinics.

As this is an emergency situation we cannot guarantee that all beneficiaries will be children, but will benefit families and the most affected communities.

Heavy monsoon rains have led to rivers bursting their banks, cutting off around 2 million people in northeast Bangladesh. Many families are stranded with homes, vital infrastructure and livelihoods destroyed. According to the government of Pakistan, a third of the country – equivalent to an area the size of the UK – is underwater. Huge areas of agricultural land have been affected, with crops swept away and three quarters of a million livestock killed, which will mean many people going hungry in the longer term. There is also a high risk from water-borne diseases spreading in affected areas.

Islamic Relief is on the ground, and has been distributing food packs, tents, kitchen sets, hygiene kits and cash grants to those affected, and will continue to support those in need. 

  • This project will provide much needed support to those affected by the floods, according to their needs.

The crisis in Syria began in March 2011, unleashing a previously unimaginable escalation of hardship which to date has continued unabated. The ongoing crisis has inflicted terrible suffering upon millions of people. 14.6 million of Syria’s total population of 17 million people need humanitarian support. Islamic Relief teams are on the ground delivering life-saving aid.  In the midst of this, healthcare services and facilities have been majorly affected, with 25 confirmed attacks on healthcare facilities.

  • This project aims to support the healthcare of the children by providing the children hospitals and ICU in Syria, drugs, disposables, doctors stipends and equipment. 
  • Supporting mobile clinics which will visit schools for medical checkup and treatment.

REBUILDING SYRIA

After years of violence and crisis in Syria, the worst earthquake in a century struck, compounding the ongoing tragedy. The survivors now face extensive damage to homes, buildings, and water systems. Islamic Relief swiftly aided rescuers and provided essentials like tents and blankets to support immediate survival needs.

As the cameras and attention move away, Islamic Relief moves to the next steps, focusing on the rebuilding efforts. This project aims to establish safety & security through permanent homes, rebuild lives through life-changing prosthetics & rebuild education! 

Almost two million Syrians are living in tents in Northern Syria. These tents are inadequate in providing safe shelter, and leave families suffering from the freezing cold and winter storms, as well as the harsh conditions in the summer.

  • We aim to build permanent homes for families that have survived the earthquake in Syria
  • Each home will be 65 square metres, and be able to host a family-of-five
  • The family will own their new home for life

Prosthetics can be life changing to allow those with amputations to be more independent, access their education, support their families and upkeep their mental health. 

Those supported are based in North Western Syria, including those affected by the earthquake. 

  • This project will support a prosthetic limb centre with all the necessary equipment and consumables to deliver nearly 350 amputees with upper, lower & bionic limbs
  • The physiotherapy centre will be supported with their costs & maintenance to deliver 8000 free physiotherapy and rehabilitation sessions

Many Syrians find themselves as refugees, and those with health problems can be the most vulnerable. Syrian Refugees in Jordan, requiring life saving regular dialysis due to kidney failure are supported by Islamic Relief. 

  • This project will ensure Syrian patients will continue being cared for, and support their long term care by supplying the unit with 10 dialysis machines and corresponding chairs
  • Health staff will have their training facilitated to ensure up to date knowledge

The project aims to ensure educational opportunities for all children boys/girls, aged 5-17 years affected by the earthquake in north-western Syria and ensure their access to high-quality education in a comprehensive method. 

  • Schools will be refurbished to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for students and teachers
  • This involves maintaining school buildings, sanitary facilities, child-friendly spaces, and other necessary infrastructure

EDUCATION

58 million children of primary school age do not attend school, with the majority of them coming from marginalised groups

Quality learning requires a safe, friendly environment, qualified and motivated teachers. A lack of trained teachers, inadequate learning materials, makeshift classes and poor sanitation facilities make learning difficult for many children. Others come to school too hungry, sick or exhausted from work or household tasks to benefit from their lessons.

The consequences: There are an estimated 617 million children and adolescents around the world are unable to reach minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, even though two thirds of them are in school.

In the last 6 years the number of Rohingya refugees has increased in Malaysia. Among the challenges as a refugee in Malaysia, one is their restricted access to education as refugees.

Many also struggle with travelling further distances due to lack of personal transport. Thus, the only option is bringing education to them. 

Islamic Relief has created an alternative learning centre for refugees, which will support these efforts by providing educational materials and training to teachers to deliver the Cambridge syllabus, as well as covering running costs of the school and for activities for the students. 

The resources needed to educate children are simple. A building that is safe with all the services and equipment needed to be functional and teachers who are equipped with the appropriate training to educate and care for the children they are teaching.

This project is a large scale project which aims to:

  • Refurbish educational institutes as well as ensuring accessibility by constructing ramps
  • Install solar panels for sustainable power
  • Deliver teacher's training on safeguarding and protection issues

More than 50% of primary school aged children in Somalia are out of education. This is further heightened with a disproportionate impact among girls, extreme poor & rural children.

This project aims to strengthen the education facilities by:

  • Construction of one school laboratory
  • Purchase and equipping of learning material
  • Rehabilitation of classrooms and Water & Sanitation facilities.
  • Provision of teacher salaries 

An-Nur is an educational institute, which strives to create inclusivity through team building programs. The vision is to have well educated competent and dynamic youth leaders from within the less fortunate communities, who are able to serve as role models to other youth as well as addressing the socio-economic challenges within their own communities.

Orphans can be one of the most disadvantaged, and this project aims to empower them with knowledge, skills, and emotional support to thrive academically and personally, by uplifting this existing educational centre equipped with qualified teachers, educational resources, and mentoring programs.

Approximately 19 million Sudanese children are not in school due to a brutal conflict nearing six months. This includes 6.5 million affected by violence and insecurity, with 10,400 schools closed in conflict zones, and 5.5 million in less-affected areas awaiting confirmation to reopen classrooms.

This project aims to: 

  • Support out of school children into formal education or alternative learning
  • Supporting construction or rehabilitation of government schools

Many children are out of education, even at a primary school level in Zanzibar. Recently the government of Zanzibar made a commitment to the zero out of school initiative. 

  • This project works to identify and enrol children into education
  • Whilst also working on improving school infrastructure and supporting teaching staff

After eight years of conflict, the already challenging task of accessing education in Yemen has been further worsened by economic decline, natural disasters, and a fragmented education system. The dire situation persists as more than 8.6 million school-aged boys and girls urgently require educational assistance, whether they are enrolled in formal schooling or not. Even among the 5.9 million children attending school, the quality of education remains inadequate. Moreover, the cognitive, emotional, and mental well-being of all 10.76 million school-age children in Yemen is a growing concern.

The project's main goal is to improve education access for vulnerable children in Tuban district by

  • Providing support to 2,000 students and families by providing school bags, materials, and kits for grades 1-4 across four schools
  • Upgrading 24 classrooms and gender-sensitive water & sanitation facilities

It has been six years since Bangladesh received the largest of successive waves of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar in August 2017. These refugees have stayed in 33 camps in Cox’s Bazar, relying entirely on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs. Many children in the camps are in need of formal spaces and services for their education.

This project aims to 

  • Establish 5 classrooms for Early Childhood Care, Development and Pre Schooling Practice for 155 children aged 3-5 years. As well as providing them with schooling resources
  • Establish 3 Child-Friendly Learning and Recreation Centres for the children aged 6-14 years, and provide 90 with age-appropriate and need based education materials
  • Establish 3 multi-purpose centres for children aged 15-18 years, and support 90 children with skills development and vocational training

EMPOWERING CHILDREN

Children are the most vulnerable, and affected greatly by circumstances which are out of their control. Globally there are an estimated 153 million children who are orphans, who may face ongoing challenges with nutrition, schooling, finances and psychosocial wellbeing.

There are 69 million children worldwide who suffer from malnutrition. Nearly half of all deaths in children under the age of 5 can be attributed to undernutrition, resulting in the unnecessary loss of about 3 million young lives a year.

Alongside the other projects for CW2023 which focus on Orphans & Children, these support orphans directly or malnutrition for the most vulnerable children.

Children can find themselves in unfortunate circumstances where the primary breadwinner suddenly passes away, leaving them and any relatives in need, in the midst of their education and livelihood. 

  • This project aims to continue the ongoing support of orphans to provide either through regular sponsorship payments or funds to continue and complete their education and cover any needed livelihood costs.

Yemeni people continue to bear the brunt of ongoing hostilities and severe economic problems. An estimated 22.2 million people in Yemen need some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 11.3 million who are in acute need. 

At least one child dies every ten minutes in Yemen because of preventable diseases such as diarrhoea, malnutrition and respiratory infections. Malnourished children risk irreversible damage to their development and cognitive abilities. Families locked into cycles of recurring illness and faltering growth are most vulnerable.

This project aims to Improving the nutritional status of acutely malnourished children 6-59 months, pregnant and lactating women by:

  • Screening, identification and referral of acutely malnourished children and pregnant & lactating women (PLW) to the respective feeding/treatment programmes throughout the project. 
  • Treatment of children and PLW with malnutrition through a targeted supplementary feeding programme throughout the project
  • Procurement and distribution of required medicines and medical supplies/equipment to the targeted health facilities.

EMERGENCY

As emergencies occur, the support involves an evolving process of assessing the situation and need, whilst helping in the most effective way possible. We are fortunate to have Islamic Relief who have a wealth of expertise and experience in this area. 

As Charity Week, we understand the importance of supporting such emergency projects, so aim to include such projects alongside other projects that aim to be sustainable and have a longer lasting impact. 

However it is to be noted,  that with an emergency situation we cannot guarantee that all beneficiaries will be children, but will benefit families and the most affected communities.

The situation in Palestine is unbearable for many. Gaza has been described as an “open-air prison”. Conditions in Gaza were dire even before the recent escalations in conflict, with occupation, blockade and recurring conflict causing deep poverty and suffering.

This project will go to provide life saving aid & essentials where it is most needed within Palestine. 

The powerful earthquake with magnitude of 6.8 struck Morocco on the 8th September 2023. Over 2,600 people have died, with hundreds of people missing and injured. Many have lost their homes. Islamic Relief are on the ground with an emergency response in providing food, non-food items and emergency shelter to those most in need. 

This project will go to support the ongoing aid being delivered to those most affected.

A powerful storm has triggered devastating flooding in Libya. At least 6,000 people have lost their lives so far, with fears that the death toll will continue to rise. Around ten thousand people are still missing, and the country is in a state of extreme emergency. The death toll is rising by the hour, as more information emerges.

Islamic Relief is working with local partners on the ground and delivering urgently needed relief like Mattresses, Blankets, delivering food packs, and other vital aid to affected communities.

This project will go to support the ongoing aid being delivered to those most affected.

The 6.3 magnitude quake struck on Saturday, near the Iranian border, with strong aftershocks wreaking further destruction. Hundreds of homes are thought to have been flattened, with reports that families have been buried inside.
Hospitals are said to be battling to treat the injured in an already struggling healthcare system. Even before this disaster, poverty-stricken Afghanistan was in the grip of a severe humanitarian crisis. Decades of political and economic instability, and the negative effects of climate change, have brought the economy close to collapse, with more than half the population suffering from critical food and cash shortages.

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