Protection & Empowerment of Dayton Youth is the Main Goal
Addressing Domestic Violence & Providing Social Services are at the Top of the Agenda
This Saturday, we have a formal kickoff of our Dayton Chapter. The honorable Mayor Nan Whaley will grace us with her presence. Dayton Police Division's leadership, Welcome Dayton program's leaders, YWCA Dayton leaders and many other agencies and organizations will join us at this event. Dayton youth leaders are super excited. They are inspired by our Columbus youths and can't wait to start their own food pantry, soup kitchen and other programs to protect and empower refugee, orphans and needy children and under-served communities in Dayton, inshaAllah.
Three years ago, when I kicked off MY Project USA as an organization from my kitchen table, I had a vision, a 5-year plan, 20-plus-years experience, a lot of prayers and support of my family, friends and community members, but I didn't know what would Allah SWT unfold in front of me. It was a crazy idea and a huge financial and personal risk and sacrifice. But it was needed. There were thousands of Muslim children and parents in Columbus that needed my help. There was a need of a new organization that could not only provide social services to meet their daily needs but that could protect and empower them against the violence, drugs, trafficking and other crimes in their neighborhoods. There was a need of a new organization that could help them rise above the ground as leaders, advocates and financially-stable proud New Americans. It was my calling. It was my husband's calling. My family was chosen for this sacrifice and contribution to the community. After a lot of prayers and contemplation, we answered the call and said yes. Alhamdulillah.
By the grace of God, it has been an incredible journey. I am truly humbled by the experience. In three years, MY Project USA has probably become the most influential, largest Muslim social services and civic engagement organization in Columbus. At Wedgewood, we have begun a new movement. we have invested into a new bunch of youth leaders within the refugee community. These youth are our trail blazers. They will lead us to the a prosperous and peaceful future, God willing.
Although we have not been able to reach out to all needy Muslim children in Columbus yet, we have woken up many old Muslim organizations and advocates and have set new standards for quality social services and community development for all. We are glad that they are now watching us closely and stepping up to expand their services and do a better job as social services providers. We have also became a bridge between the refugee communities many agencies and other organizations on the west side. These are the signs of progress within our community and it's humbling.
As we continue our journey in Columbus, we are now called by Dayton. Dayton's Mayor Nan Whaley's office asked for my help about a year ago. Dayton leaders insisted that we start a new chapter in Dayton. We have done some preliminary work and an advocate training, but due to the situation at the Wedgewood last year, I could not give them as much time as it was needed. That is changing now.
I am grateful to Allah SWT first and to all of you for the trust that you placed in my skills, experience and leadership. Thank you for your support, prayers, donations and any other contribution you may have made to help me at MY Project USA.
At this point, I ask for your continued support. If you are in Columbus, please look into more ways to help with our programs. Check out the upcoming events. Sign up to volunteer and bring more people to help. If you are in Dayton, join us this Saturday. Come and learn about our goals and meet our Dayton Team. Help us start the needed programs and services in your neighborhood and communities. If you are outside Columbus or Dayton area, I ask you to keep us in your prayers and help us through your donations, sadaqat and zakat.
As we prepare to welcome Ramadan in less than month, I pray and hope to see you all more involved in our organization. Together, we will continue empowering our people.
In Solidarity with Youth & Families,
Founder & Executive Director
MY Project USA
Our hard work in putting programs in the Wedgewood community has been making such a difference and so could you!
To protect and empower little children and youth in our neighborhoods, we have collaborated with the Boy Scouts of America, Wedgewood Middle School, Eakin Elementary School, Wedgewood Management, and many other organizations that help us in different ways. Currently, we serve about 125 kids every week through our programs.
We need more volunteers to give more attention to each child in the program. Please sign up to help as much as possible.
We have partnered with the Legal Aid, Columbus Police Division, Shalom Zone of Greater Hilltop Area, United Way of Central Ohio and many other organizations and agencies to bring the needed programs to the parents on weekly basis.
But organizing these weekly programs are costly. We have to pay for the custodian, interpreters, food for the parents that come directly from their work, and for the program coordinator salary.
We need your help with food. Please sign up to provide cooked meals and dessert. Your donations can help us empower these parents and save their children from drugs and gangs.
Columbus Fasting 5k 2018 To Support Wedgewood Youth & Families
Sunday | June 2nd, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Noor Islamic Cultural Center | 5001 Wilcox Rd. Dublin, OH 43016
Get excited for the Ramadan event of the year! Ten cities and hundreds of athletes will embrace the spirit of the month by fasting, fundraising and building community for good through our annual 5K event. This year, Fasting5k is working with organizations providing resources for youth safety against violence. This year's fundraising beneficiary is My Project USA.
Sunday | June 10th, 2018 | 7:00 pm | Dublin Rec. Center
Join us for the 3rd Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner to support Orphans, Refugees and Needy in Columbus. This year we are opening it to more interfaith community members. Our interfaith guests will share the experience of Ramadan and fast breaking with their Muslim neighbors, co-workers, and friends while supporting the less fortunate youth and families in the community.