MCEC Palmers Green Mosque take our responsibilities seriously when it comes to distributing charitable donations. Any Zakat or Sadaqa you give to MCEC to distribute is carefully assigned to projects which provide long term benefit to the beneficiaries. Often mosques will let collections occur on their premises and then do not necessarily follow up on where your donations have been spent. We at MCEC work very closely with a few select partners to ensure that we can monitor the expenditure on the projects for which funds are raised. MCEC look to distribute your donations to projects based on three themes. Below is a selection of the projects we ran recently.
Mobile Auto Repair – Bangladesh
The Mobile Auto Repair initiative launched in Dhaka, Bangladesh, offers adolescents and youth from urban slums an opportunity to receive training in auto repair and mechanic skills.
Bangladesh’s automobile industry continues to grow rapidly and provides countless opportunities for people to build a sustainable livelihood for themselves and escape the continuous cycles of poverty. The project will improve the livelihoods of young people, providing them an opportunity to be economically self-sufficient and earn a sustainable income.
Solar Fridges & Freezers – Kenya
The preservation of food in rural Kenya has been a huge problem for generations. It is normal to eat meat on the day of purchase. In rural areas, low customer numbers and a lack of refrigerator facilities means butchers often make large losses due to meat spoilage and being wasted.
The lack of preservation methods makes it difficult for households in these regions to slaughter animals to eat or sell to the local community. When meat is bought for food, there is the risk of food poisoning and illness due to a lack of refrigerators. MCEC have helped construct a building equipped with two large solar fridges and freezers managed by local women trained in food hygiene and business skills.
The fridges are rented out to local butchers in order to reduce food spoilage and will generate income for the women managing the building. Local community members will be able to utilise the remaining fridges and freezers free of charge whilst also receiving training on food hygiene and storage.
Clean Potable Water
The extreme water shortage in the Lower Shabelle region of South East Somalia combined with high prices for water forces women to walk many miles just to collect unclean water from the river. MCEC with our partners have constructed hand pump wells for vulnerable communities in Somalia.
During the implementation of the project, community members and local elders were consulted on the design to fully accommodate the needs of the beneficiaries. The project was successfully completed within three weeks of the start date.
Thanks to your donations, community members now able to enjoy clean and fresh water at their disposal!
2.5 billion people currently do not have access to adequate sanitation. In the world’s most densely populated country, Bangladesh, communities are often forced to live without toilets, leaving them with no choice but to resort to outdoor defecation, which often takes place near rivers and other water sources.
This increases the risk of water-borne diseases and more than 51,000 children under the age of five die each year from preventable diarrhoeal illnesses. We have installed seven latrines at an orphanage in Chapainawabganj in Bangladesh.
These latrines provide sanitary and hygiene facilities where they are lacking and decompose the waste into a nutrient-rich fertiliser that can be used to grow crops on the land owned by the orphanage or be sold to traders at local markets.
Health & Medication
Surgical Eye Camps
During the free surgical eye camps in Sindh and Punjab in Pakistan, a total of 3,392 patients were examined. After examination and diagnosis, medicines were provided to about 2,505 patients.
These camps were organized in collaboration with Al-Baseer Eye Foundation (ABEF). Their team of doctors examined, diagnosed, prescribed and provided medicines. Patients identified for surgery were screened prior to surgery.
The post- operative follow up was carried out on the 2nd day of camp in all districts. This project was captured and reported in print and electronic media across the local districts.
Menstrual Health Management
In many parts of Kenya, feminine hygiene remains a taboo and this often leads to bad menstrual health practices. In Mathare North in Nairobi, Kenya the majority of residents live in absolute poverty and accessing basic feminine hygiene products are a luxury.
This often leads to unhygienic practices with women suffering illness and disease. We trained 20 women on menstrual health hygiene, entrepreneurship skills, as well as making reusable menstrual towels. This has given them a means for livelihood as well .
“I will stop relying on income from washing clothes and focus on this
project to feed my family as well as improve my life,”
– Dorothy Tabitha, a beneficiary and chair of the group
In the Syrian Refugee Camps in Lebanon, we also helped in the distribution of Feminine hygiene packs, each containing everything these women need to manage their periods in a sanitary and hygienic manner and include a menstrual cup/pack of sanitary towels, underwear, toothbrush, toothpaste. soap and shampoo.