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Another Young Man Killed In The Wedgewood Village Apartments

 

His Senseless Death Reminds Us That We Still Have A Lot of Work To Do


A New Mentoring Program, Youth House and A Young Men Club Is Being Planned To Protect & Empower More Youths In The Neighborhood

Dear Family,
 
Assalamu alaikum & Ramadan Kareem,

Peace and blessings to you and to your loved ones.

It's been a few heavy days on our end as we learned about another homicide of a young man in Wedgewood on the eve of Ramadan.

"Hussein Osman Abdi, 16, was found lying in a hallway in a building in the Wedgewood Apartments complex in the 800 block of Wedgewood Drive when police responded to an anonymous call about gunshots about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Franklin Township medics pronounced Abdi dead at 8:48 p.m., police said in a release," reported Columbus Dispatch.

Inna lilllahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. To God we belong, to Him we return. May God grant him with the highest levels of Heaven. May He grant his family with patience to deal with this sudden and tragic loss, ameen.

As we mourn his death, we are also reminded that our work in Wedgewood is not done yet. This is something we have been worried about all along. Even though we have been able to bring the violence and drugs activities down from 17 shootings and 7 homicides in 7 months to one shooting and homicide in 16 months, one is too many. Indeed, one is too many.

It showcases our failure as a community in eradicating gangs and drugs from Wedgewood yet. Although our Hilltop Tigers soccer teams and Reading Warriors initiatives have helped many youths so far, they are not enough. With the limited resources and funding we received for youth programs, we have not been able to provide safe spaces and creative programming for many of the youths in Wedgewood yet.

This is not something that we did not worry about in the past few months. We have been constantly thinking about it and with our limited funding and resources have done as much as we could. One of our major hurdle has been not having a place to offer programs as frequently as we would have liked. For that matter, just three months ago, we have rented a house adjacent to the Eakin Elementary School. We are working toward turning it in to a youth house, a safe space for youths to have fun and purposeful gatherings. If funded appropriately, we should be ready to open this house later this year. Due to COVID-19 concerns and social distancing guidelines, we are looking into possible online and outdoor activities for youths as safe and recommended by health officials later this year.

In addition, we are also launching a new Youth Mentoring program for high school students and a Young Gentlemen Club initiative to provide more focused and productive quality programs and activities to more kids. These will be in addition to the Soccer and Reading Warriors Programs. I will be able to share more details about these new initiatives next week, God willing. 

None of this is possible without sustaining our very organization. I know that it sounds insensitive to talk about fundraising at someone's funeral, and I hate it to the core of my heart, but honestly it is much needed discussion. It is our reality. I am afraid that if we won't talk about it now, if we won't launch these initiatives sooner, we would be seeing more deaths and shootings this summer and afterward. I am alarmed and am trying to raise awareness before hand.

As a human being I am committed to the cause. My board members are all for it. As a social services youth organization, we are committed to address it. We know how it is done, but without proper funding, we can only do so much and we have done it in the last five years. We have incurred loans for doing so much for so long that we have to take a pause now and assess ourselves. We have set a fundraising goal of $100,000 for this Ramadan. Unless we raise it now, we cannot function beyond COVID-19 Pandemic. This is our reality.  

If you are still reading these lines, it tells me that you care. I would urge you to please take a pause and think about what role do you want to play in this situation. Would you choose to be a bystander? Or would you choose to step  up and help me gauge all kinds of support that is needed to launch new programs and grow all existing one. I hope that you will choose to play an active role in addressing this grave situation and will do everything in your capacity to help me out. 

Please donate first to purify your intention and respond to this email afterward. Let me know how else would you like to help. Please also join us at our upcoming Ramadan Interfaith Gathering and Fundraiser on May 9th. See more details below about several other things happening at our end.   

In Solidarity with Youths & Families.

Zerqa Abid
Founder & Executive Director MY Project USA

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Ramadan Interfaith Gathering & Fundraiser
Our Annual Ramadan Interfaith Gathering & Fundraiser is gonna be online this year.

This will be a special kind of gathering of our Muslim and Non-Muslim partners and friends from across the country. We will be sharing our faith experiences in the COVID-19 era and will be raising money to support MY Project USA's various initiatives uplifting youth and families within the under-served communities.

This is a Free Event. Please Register Now. A Meeting Link will be sent to the registered guests prior to the event.
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Use Your Zakat To Save Hundreds of Children From Falling Into Drugs, Gangs, Slavery (human trafficking), Prostitution and more. 


We Fit Six Out of Eight Zakat Criteria.

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 choose any of the following method to send your zakat or other donations to our way. 

ONLINE: Our Website  or Our Facebook Page

MAIL: Write Your Check to “MY Project USA” & Mail it to PO Box 1311, Hilliard, OH 43026

Visit Us At MY Deah’s at 3036, Sullivant Ave., Columbus 43204

More Info: Info@MYProjectUSA.org - 614-905-0977

Use Your Zakat To Save Hundreds of Children From Falling Into Drugs, Gangs, Slavery (human trafficking), Prostitution and more. 


We Fit Six Out of Eight Zakat Criteria.

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 choose any of the following method to send your zakat or other donations to our way. 

ONLINE: Our Website  or Our Facebook Page

MAIL: Write Your Check to “MY Project USA” & Mail it to PO Box 1311, Hilliard, OH 43026

Visit Us At MY Deah’s at 3036, Sullivant Ave., Columbus 43204

More Info: Info@MYProjectUSA.org - 614-905-0977

Use Your Zakat Power Now

MY Project USA Beyond COVID-19

$100,000 Fundraising Challenge In Next 60 Days - Will You Help Us?


In a nutshell, we need to raise $100,000 in the next 60 days to sustain the organization. We need all hands on the deck right now. Following are different ways that you can help.

1. Donate whatever you can, as many time as you can

2. Become a Fundraising Captain: Set a fundraising goal for yourself and raise that amount from your family and friends. I can help you with different tools.

3. Help Us With Our Online Fundraiser On May 9th: Guest Invites, Phone Calls, Pledges and more

4. Help Us With Organizing Virtual Fundraisers Within Your Mosque & Church Communities. 

5. Phone Banking & Post Cards Drive

6. Graphic Designing & Campaign Making

7. Anything Else That You Could Offer.


If you can do any of this, please consider filling this form to officially joining our
Fundraising Committee

Please Click Here to Donate on Facebook. 

Those of you who are not on Facebook can directly
Donate on our Website. On Website, please choose "General Funds" option. 

Mail: To send a donation via mail, please write check to MY Project USA.
           Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 1311, Hilliard, OH 43026

Zelle Direct Deposit ID: info@myprojectusa.org

Venmo ID:  MYProjectUSA
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Columbus Dispatch Highlights MY Project USA Efforts In Columbus


Here is another great coverage from amazing Danae M. King of The Columbus Dispatch.

" Zerqa Abid, executive director and founder of MY Project USA, a nonprofit group that helps Muslim youth and families, is hoping people will be generous in helping those suffering in the community.

Each year for the past five years, Abid has coordinated a community volunteer effort to pass out thousands of meals to people who sometimes can’t afford to buy food to break fast nightly during Ramadan.

In the past, volunteers cooked food in their kitchens in bulk to be packaged by Abid and others with MY Project USA, or paid for food from restaurants to help feed local Muslims who couldn’t afford meals."
Full Story Here

MY Project USA Reaching Out to Community for Fundraising Support

Thanks to Dennis Biviano of Spectrum News for this wonderful coverage:

COLUMBUS, Ohio Both MY Project USA Founder Zerqa Abid and Aden Mohamed say Ramadan is usually a very exciting time for Muslims, who spend 30 days united with family members, fasting and in quiet reflection.

While places of worship, along with Zerqa's Thrift Shop and warehouse are closed, the two are focused on feeding the vulnerable adults and children in the surrounding Hilltop and Wedgewood communities around Columbus.

- The largest Muslim social service organization in Ohio is reaching out to the community for help during the coronavirus pandemic.
- MY Project USA is looking to raise $100,000 to pay for rent, utilities and employee salaries
-The non-profit food pantry is currently serving nearly 300 families a week in Columbus’ west side

Full Story Here

COVID-19 Impacts Our Iftar Kitchen and Ramadan Pantry This Year

Fewer Hot Meals & More Dry Staples Will Be Distributed This Ramadan


$7/ Iftar Meal - will include dates, baked chicken with Afghan Pulao or chicken Biryani enough for two people.

Nutritious Hot Meals for the Elderly & Disabled Muslims in Columbus who can't cook food for themselves

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, we are changing the format of our popular MY Iftar Kitchen this year. To avoid any possible transfer of Coronoavirus to our clients, we have contracted with two restaurants this year. They will pack and deliver food to the target neighborhood. Our team will pass the food door to door to the identified individuals.

We are providing more dry staples & fresh produce to all other eligible families so they can cook food in their own homes and stay safe. Each of those families will receive a box of dates also in the beginning of Ramadan. Donors are welcome to send their gifts here or on our website.

We are Zakat Eligible and Tax Deductible.


Donate on Facebook or Donate on our Website 
Book Meals On Your Behalf Now

7 Ways To Make An Impact By Your Zakat


1. General Funds To Sustain The Organization - The Most Needed
Help us build an infrastructure that would serve the cimmunity for years to come.

2. Food Pantry / Soup Kitchen

3. Protect & Empower A Youth
Help us foster strong, compassionate, caring Muslim youths free of drugs, gangs and other crimes. Help us raise leaders of tomorrow through Reading Warriors, Mentorship Program, Sports, etc. 

4. Help Uplift A Family In Need
We support families in need by paying for their Rents, Utilities, Baby Items, Debts, Cash Assistance for Essentials and also by job training and employment if applicable.

5. Parent/Adult Education
We offer ESL Classes, Parenting workshops and one on one counseling to refugee parents struggling with day by day parenting challenges in a new country.

6. Support Victims of Human Trafficking

7. Support Victims of Domestic Violence & Child Abuse

 
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MY Deah's store

Due To COVID 19 Pandemic, MY Deah's Store Has Been Closed Until Further Notice 

10 Locations In Columbus & 2 Locations in Dayton To Drop Off Donations - Truck Pick Up Available For Large Donations


You can now drop off your donations of new and gently used clothes, shoes books, toys and other small non-breakable items in a donation box near you. These location Include: 

Noor Islamic Cultural Center -  5001 Wilcox Rd. Dublin 43016
Masjid Omar Ibn El-Khattab -  580 Riverview Dr, Columbus, OH 43202
Masjid Nimrah - 4501 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
MAS Youth Center - 4615 Northtowne Blvd, Columbus, OH. 43229
Turkish American Society of Ohio (TASO) - 2885 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Ahlul Bayt Society - 2580 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
The First Congregational Church - 444 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Quick & Easy Mart -  4197 Cleveland Ave. Columbus
MY Deah's Store - 3036 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43204 - During Business Hours Only
MY Deah's Warehouse - 4004 Fondorf Dr. Columbus, OH 43228
Dayton Mercy Society -  2277 Maue Rd, Miamisburg, OH 45342
Osman Gazi Mosque -  1508 Valley St, Dayton, OH 45404

We are looking for more locations. If interested in helping us or have any other question, please contact us at info@myprojectusa.org.
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