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Funeral Support For Musse's Family - 15 YO Victim of Gang Violence

Public Safety:

Another Teen Killed In Gang Violence

Our Response: Columbus Sentinels - A Gang Violence Survivors Task Force, Hilltop Tigers Soccer, Under My Wing & More Programs 

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Dear Family,

I am heartbroken.

Another teen has been killed in gang violence on the west side of Columbus.

This time a 15-year-old, Musse Abdikadir Hassan of Southpark Apartments. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. To God we belong and to Him we return.

While I am taking care of his family, I am very concerned. This seems to be the beginning of an outbreak of a series of gang violence in the inner city of Columbus like last time in 2017. It involves two neighborhoods at the moment. I am very concerned that if right actions are not taken at this point, we can lose more lives in coming weeks and months.

Here are a few short term and long term steps that we are taking to support the family, to prevent more violence and to foster safe and healthy neighborhoods:

1. Columbus Sentinels - A Gang Violence Survivors Task Force  We have engaged the youth in Musse's neighborhood and are creating a task force of  the gang violence survivors and other youth residents of affected neighborhoods.  We will be mentoring these youths through different programs. We hope to mentor up to 80 youths in the first year. 

2. Mentor Training Program:  This program will train twenty mentors in the first year. This program is in collaboration with the Tayba Foundation from California. Shaikh Rami Nsour and I will be directly involved in this program. We have submitted a funding request to the Columbus City Council for this program.  

3. Under MY Wing College Mentoring and Leadership program will be expanded to more at-risk and under-served  neighborhoods. 

4. Hilltop Tigers Soccer Program will be expanded to more neighborhoods infested with gangs and gun violence. 

Following actions are being taken to support Musse's family:

  • COVID -19 Prevention - we have been supplying face masks and hand sanitizers to the family members gathered at funeral
  • Mental Health Support - we have reached to various agencies and arranging group and individual counseling for the survivors 
  • Fundraiser - We are currently collecting money to cover the cost of his funeral, food and other needs of the family. Please click here to donate to Musse's fundraiser


I am heartbroken, but I am committed to bring justice to this family and to do more to protect other youths from taking that same route.  After God, I am counting on your support. Please keep me, our staff, our volunteers and all of our community members in your prayers. It's a risky task, but someone has to do it.

In addition to prayers, we would need your continued financial support. Please take a minute and schedule a monthly donation on our website. Your donations will make it possible to keep moving forward. 

In Solidarity with Youth & Families, 

Zerqa Abid,
Founder & Executive Director
MY Project USA

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Youth Development:

Reading Warriors Continue To Learn & Read 

For this week’s MY Reading Warriors program, we focused on reading about the Black Lives Matter movement and how this is changing our society. We also talked about other movements such as the Ferguson Riots and the Me Too Movement. We think it is important to learn about these important movements and how it affects our lives. At the end, we played Pictionary with words from the New York Times article that we read.
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Food Insecurity

MY Family Pantry Served 873 Individuals On Saturday

187 Families of 422 Children Received Fresh Produce & More

Alhamdulliah, on June 20, 2020 we were able to serve 187 families which totaled 873 individuals. This included 422 children, 396 adults, and 55 seniors .On this day we gave out sweet potatoes, tomatoes, grapes, chickpeas, watermelon, split peas, pineapples, potatoes, trash bags, antibacterial hand soap and hand sanitizer.

We give a big shout out and a big thank you to our amazing volunteers which we couldn't not have done this without: Ayat Ibrahim, Jon Galasso, Heba Raslan, Safia Mateen, Najmo Abdinur, Faisal Abdi, Alio Muktar, Zahraa Ibrahim, Salah Omar, Toure McCord, Elijah Dowdy, Zeynab Dahir, Hafsa Abdi, Fatima Haji, Khamisey Mohamed, Muhamed Mursuze, Ellen Baker, Raiyaanah Abdul-Malik, Coabu Quinlanilla, Raymando Quinlanilla, Zerqa Abid, Aden Mohamed

Looking to volunteer? Please click the link below. See you Saturday!
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MY Helpline: 

Rent & Utilities Support Available From COVID-19 Emergency Funds

We have been working very hard in securing grants and building collaboration with other partners to help our clients. Thanks to The Columbus Foundation, United Way of Central Ohio, and IMPACT Community Action, we are now able to help more of our families with their rent and utilities. If you or someone you know needs help, please ask them to contact us at 614-905-0977 or
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Capacity Building:

Pure Hearts & Good Intentions are Not Good Enough  

Our Dare To Care Volunteer Training Equipped 35 Volunteers with Better Mindset & Skills To Serve Our Youth & Families Better

Our volunteers are the reason that we can do what we do.  With about 60,000 logged volunteer hours among 700 registered volunteers, there is no denying that we depend on volunteers to believe in our vision enough to give of their time and expertise.  On June 14th, 2020 we gave back to our volunteers and staff by investing in their professional development.  

Our Dare to Care event was an all-day, online training residency open to all of our volunteers and staff. 

The success of those we serve and teach is very much linked to our mindset.  A total of 35 people are better prepared as they Dare to Care because pure hearts and good intentions are just not good enough!
Full Report & Pictures Here
MY Deah's store

Due To Recent Break Ins, MY Deah's Store Remains Closed Until Further Notice 

8 Locations In Columbus 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

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