We Are Focussed on Addressing Radicallization & More
By now, you might have heard about the 18-year-old Somali Muslim student, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who stabbed several people with a butcher knife until he was killed by Ohio State University police on campus here in Columbus, Ohio, yesterday. Click here for more info.
As the story unfolded, we found out that the suspect lived close to MY Project USA's office on the west side of Columbus. According to his Facebook post right before the attack, he was inspired by the terrorist imam Anwar al-Awlaki and was trying to take revenge for the mistreatments of Muslims in America and around the world. In other words, this looks like another case of a youth being radicalized at some level.
We can’t make further comments about him before learning more about him and his family. No one among our program youth and families recognized him. We are all reminded that the threat of our children being radicalized is very real and so close to home. This time, the situation was handled quickly, preventing further harm. But we have seen in the past, such attacks had ended up with the tragic deaths and other losses that also result into more hate attacks against the Muslim American community. The fact still remains. Our youth are open to opportunists who have no value for their life or the lives of others. Attacks like these always end in tragic deaths. Hate attacks against the Muslim American community become substantiated to the ignorant mind and hardened heart.
That's exactly why, MY Project USA has been focused on addressing this very issue from day one. That's why:
WE are called MY Project USA
we have launched various programs that engage and empower the youth that live in more vulnerable neighborhoods.
we use our hashtag, #MYProjectisUSA.
we have held trainings for our youth to combat radicalization on social media.
we have created a safe space for youth to gather and be supported at My Deah's store
we have launched MY Family Pantry, My Soup Kitchen and many other initiatives to reduce hunger, poverty and frustration that can lead the youth to make desperately wrong life decisions among the young people.
By the grace of God, last night at a joint press conference of major Muslim community organizations in Columbus, I was the only one who was able to show a track record of what we have already been doing to prevent such tragedies. It was refreshing to share with the media that we are on top of taking preventive measures and are already working with the City of Columbus and the Homeland Security Department. In fact, MY Project USA is the only Muslim organization that is actually working on the ground to address radicalization, drugs, gangs, human trafficking and violence among Muslim American youth as their main mission.
Are we doing enough? No.
Can we do more and better? Of course, we can.
It all boils down to the financial support that the community, the local and the federal governments can provide us so we can take care of more youth and families more effectively and efficiently. In the non-profit world, seeking money requires spending money first. Even applying for a local or federal grant, demands paying a grant writer. Therefore the community’s support comes first. Our scope and speed of achieving this goal is always decided by you, the community!
Today is #GivingTuesday. You can decide to broaden our scope and increase our speed through your donations. I hope that you are proud of our youth and the work that we do at MY Project USA. I hope you would show your support by making a donation now.
May God protect our campuses, schools, cities and communities from every kind of evil, violence and terrorism. May God bless MY Project USA with more resources and the support of the entire community at large. Ameen.
MY Family Pantry- Save Our Youth From Hunger, Drugs, Gangs, and Pimps
Launch Good - Your $$$ Can Go a Long Way!
MY Family Pantry is a new initiative of MY Project USA. We are an authorized agency of Mid-Ohio Food Bank now.
As we prepare for harsher weather and cuts to the current insufficient federal and state funding to Social Security and Food Stamps under the new president, we need your help in making sure that our children and families would have food on their tables throughout the winter and beyond. MY Family Pantry offers an easy way to save hundreds of youth and families from drugs, gangs, pimps and many other kinds of hardship and tragedies. We need your urgent help and support in making sure that we take care of our most vulnerable children in our own backyard. Please click below for more details and to donate at LaunchGood.
Thanks is Giving - Muslim Neighbors Feeding Neighbors
Hundreds of pounds of food was distributed before thanksgiving
Although we have been passing food boxes to our neighbors for past 18 months, last Wednesday, November 23rd, we had our formal kick-off event of MY Family Pantry. We were able to pass several pounds of fresh produces, assorted dairy, bakery, dry staples and winter coats to 71 of our neighbors and their families.
Our partnership with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank gives us access to free and low price perishable foods and dray staples.
Several people helped in making this dream true throughout the months. The core team of this pantry at this point includes: Dorothy Hassan, Bayan Shalash, Abdullah Naeem, Tasneem Shalash, Durya Nadeem, Ghousiya Nadeem, Dana Cubic Sawalha, Farhina Salman, and Jennifer Sami.