At Practical Muslim, we want to showcase the stories of Muslims, their challenges and struggles as well as triumphs and victories. We also want to share the stories of people trying to make a difference in the world and when these Muslims are young, unselfish heroes who believe in compassionately changing the world through giving back and caring for others, it makes the message more powerful and life-changing. And this initiative, taken on by Alaya Bhimani, a London, Ontario native, is life-changing not only for herself, but for the young people she is helping in Iraq.
We encourage you to read and share the story with your networks as well as to consider making a donation. No donation is too small when the difference can be a better life, a meal, safety, warmth or any of the small necessities of life that we might take for granted everyday.
Here is Alaya’s story.
Over the December break, my mum, my sister and I had the opportunity to visit some of the orphans and widows living in Iraq. After getting to see some of the homes they were living in, we were extremely humbled. I started to realize how much we often take what we have for granted here in Canada and how we don’t take the time to appreciate the little blessings we have, some of them as simple as roofs over our heads and floors in our rooms. We visited the homes of 3 families and after we got to see for ourselves the way in which they live, we decided to make it our personal goal to raise $6,000 in order to help fix up their homes and buy them items such as sewing machines and bikes to help them start to make a living and giving them the ability to sustain themselves.
We would greatly appreciate any donation, no amount is too small- every penny counts.
You can use the link below to learn more about these families and their needs and to donate to the campaign.