May Allah SWT accept each and every single dollar, every single prayer, every hardship that we deal with and sacrifices that we made for His sake. May He immensely reward us and bless us with bounties. Ameen.
MY Project USA Addressing Human Trafficking, Drugs & Gangs in Ohio
This Ramadan, we are humbled to launch this very important campaign. We have now stepped into a new chapter of our organization. It's new as in operations, but it has been at the core of our vision and mission: Stop Slavery: Rescue & Restore the Victims through direct social services, advocacy and community organizing.
MY Project USA has been focused mostly on the prevention side of human trafficking. We did help sisters on street by providing them with food, clothing, referrals etc. but it was at a very low level until now, mostly because our hands were full with addressing violence and drugs in the Wedgewood community on the west side of Columbus.
Now we are super excited to announce that we are partnering with Alvis, Inc.to help address the sex trafficking, drugs epidemic and prostitution linked to drugs and other issues in the Hilltop area on the west side of Columbus.
We are creating a committee of Hilltop Leaders & Residents who will monitor this work and will serve as a board to make decisions that would help Restore & Rescue sisters on Sullivant Area and around in the Hilltop area.
Just like Wedgewood, this will be our pilot project. We intend to give it two years to see what would work and what won't. Once we know what is a good model, we will take it to other neighborhoods and cities too inshaAllah.
Please support our cause by your generous donations and make a lot of prayers for our success and safety and security of our staff and volunteers.
We Fit Six Out of Eight Criteria.
MY Project USA is a nonprofit, 501 (C) 3 organization. We serve local refugees, orphans, slaves, victims of abuse, and other needy and poor neighbors in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio area. We are Zakat eligible since it falls into six of the eight categories of Zakat as commanded by Allah SWT in the following verse of Quran:
"Zakat expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect [zakah] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the [stranded] traveler - an obligation [imposed] by Allah . And Allah is Knowing and Wise. (Quran 9:60)"
The first and second category of “for poor and for the needy” applies since we are helping poor local and refugee Muslim families.
The fourth category of "bringing hearts together" applies since we serve all needy people regardless of their faith, ethnicity or race. We also work with individuals that are attracted to Islam and Muslims and prefer working with us to learn more.
The fifth category “freeing captives” applies since we are addressing human trafficking, the modern day slavery, prevention and intervention. We are specially focusing on freeing sex-slaves from their masters and then helping them in reestablishing their lives.
The sixth category of "paying the debt" applies since we take care of families, single moms and family violence victims dealing with debts and financial instability.
The seventh category “the cause of Allah” applies because we are protecting and empowering Muslim youth and families in America. Through our work we are addressing drugs, gangs, violence, suicides, radicalization, homelessness, and hunger through capacity building of the individuals and the community. Through the documentation and publicity of our work we seek to address Islamophobia as well. Our goal is to preserve Islam and Muslim community in America at its best.
According to the majority scholars, Zakat can be given to those who volunteer to fight in the cause of Allah (SWT) and do not receive a fixed salary from the government. This also applies to the operational cost/salaries of a non-profit organization like ours that fits the other categories of zakat eligibility.
You can also choose any of the following method to send your zakat or other donations to our way.
We Empower Kids Against Gangs, Drugs & Violence Join Our "Toys Not Guns. Balls Not Drugs" Campaign
We are super excited to throw an Eid Party for all kids in our program, their siblings and friends. We are preparing for hundreds of kids. This party is to reward and to empower them further.
ALL KIDS will get Food and will participate in to music and games as they would like.
PROGRAM KIDS include kids registered in our Soccer, Basketball, Reading Warrior or any other program. They will be entitled to pick their balls/gifts and T-shirts for themselves. They will also be entitled to pick a number of gifts for their siblings and friends from our collection of over 1500 gifts for this group.
We are inviting the Columbus City Council and other elected officials to come over and help sign those balls and shirts for our little troopers.
We do need help with food, drinks, and different jobs during the event. Please sign up or donate to help.
MY Iftar Kitchen Serves 3000+ Hot Meals This Ramadan
Youth Leaders Deliver Door To Door; Building By Building
Community Members Bring Cooked Food & Pack Hot Meals In MY Deah's Daily
Feeding others, specially refugees, needy, homeless, travelers, neighbors and simply hungry for any reason is a core value of Islam. Muslims look for ways to feed people. In Ramadan, it becomes a mandatory requirement for those who could not fast for any medical reason that they feed someone everyday they miss from fasting. MY Iftar Kitchen helps them in fulfilling that requirement.
My Iftar Kitchen has been a signature event in Ramadan at MY project USA. In last four years, we must have passed more than 12000 hot meals through this initiative. This year, three community members, Ayesha Abdul, Khadija Elhadi and Aisha Mbai stepped up and took the leadership roles in making this a success.
We partnered them with our Soccer Youth Leaders who took care of the distribution door to door, building by building in Wedgewood, South Park, and other neighborhoods. While passing food, they also invited more families and registered kids to our soccer, reading and other programs. Praise to God, this has been a win win for all.
Youth Leader Abdi Bakari With A New Youth Registered In Our Program.
MY Family Pantry Prepares To Pass 20,000+ lbs Food Today
We Are Prepared For Up To 300 Families
Financially stable Muslims are required to provide the less fortunate community members with uncooked food before the celebration of Eid Holiday to make sure that everyone has good food to eat on the day of Eid. This year's Eid al Fitr is on Tuesday June 4th. Therefore MY Family Pantry has stepped up again to help our community members fulfill this requirement through our pantry. This is called Zakatul Fitr.
Zakat-Al-Fitr in the US is estimated to be $10/person per household this year. Our pantry director, Omar Dahshi was able to get the best deals in the town. For each person's Zakatul Fitr, we are able to pass the following:
25 lbs Flour
20 lbs Rice (Long Grain)
8 lbs Sugar
4 lbs Lentils
48 oz Bottles of Oil (2)
14.5 oz Cans of Diced tomatoes (4)
This cart is worth around $42.51 on the cheaper end of the market. Thus, with one individual’s zakat, we’re feeding a whole family for a while. In addition to this we will also add fresh produce and more to it. All praise is due to God. Kudos to our Pantry team and their leadership. Please keep them in your prayers.