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We Keep Young People Away From Drugs, Gangs & Pimps 

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

Under My Wing Mentoring Program Being Launched In Wedgewood - Dorothy Hassan Would Lead The Project

Dear Family,
Peace and blessings to you and to your loved ones.

In 2017, there were 17 shootings and 7 homicides in Wedgewood Village  Apartments on the westside of Columbus. That's when we launched several programs and engaged Columbus Police to work with us. That brought a dramatic change in the community. There was no shooting and no homicide for the next 17 months. On December 28, 2018, another teen, 19, was killed in the same apartment complex. We launched a new series of programs and hired several youth to help with several programs in their own neighborhood. It regained us the peace and significantly reduced the crime rates again. Now during this COVID-19 pandemic, on April 23rd, 2020, a 16-year old was shot to death in the same community. 

This is not just sad, it's very tragic. It tells us that our constant presence is required in the neighborhood. We know that we do not want this to happen ever again and we are ready to do everything possible in our capacity to stop this. We are reaching out to potential partners with grant requests. We are also expanding our Academic Support program in the partnership of the Columbus City School District. The Reading Warriors program has been continued on Zoom. Thanks to the United Way of Central Ohio, with their help we have been able to launch an online mentorship program, Under MY Wing, this week. It will help college-bound students in enhancing their various skills. Please see the details below on the flyer. 

In addition to Under MY Wing, we are also looking into launching another mentorship program to support all teenagers in the neighborhood with the challenges that they face within their homes, community and this neighborhoods. I am hoping to give you more details about that program within the next few days.  

In the meantime, I need your full support. As you can see that we are working with actual people right here in Columbus, your donations make direct impact on their lives. These are our own kids. They are precious, and they need our help. Their parents are not capable of moving from there or protecting them from the criminals in the neighborhoods. If MY Project USA wraps up their business in this neighborhood, the criminals will surge again and who knows how many more youths will lose their lives and their futures over the years, God forbid. 

Unfortunately, at this time our organization has been hit hard by COVID-19 and we are not sure if we could keep our doors open long enough unless we could raise $100,000 in the next 60 days. 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 that amount now, we cannot function beyond COVID-19 Pandemic. This is our reality.  I am hoping to change it with your financial support, inshaAllah. 

Please also join us at our upcoming
Ramadan Interfaith Gathering and Fundraiser on coming Saturday at 2:00 pm. See more details below about several other things happening in Ramadan at our end.   

In Solidarity with Youths & Families.

Zerqa Abid
Founder & Executive Director MY Project USA

MY Zakat Power - MY Project USA

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

Use Your Zakat Power Now

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: - 614-905-0977

Pay Your Zakat & Empower An Entire Community
Donate Now To Sustain MY Project USA

Rent & Utilities Support Available From COVID-19

MY Family Pantry Is Serving About 300 Families Weekly - It's A Drive-Through Pantry Now

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

Contact Us If You Need Help

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

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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
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