This Is Our Disaster Response Team At Work in Detroit
ICNA Relief's Disaster Response Team is one of the hardest working teams out there. Since making they're way to the Detroit Metro/Dearborn area after record flooding in the city, they've already mucked out and gutted the basements of seven homes and helped clean up the basement of a local Islamic center.
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ICNA Relief USA understands the cost of a quality education, this year ICNA Relief in Massachusetts decided to support our Islamic Schools, giving a little relief to those families who find it difficult to provide all the essentials for a quality education.
8) ICNA Relief MA delivered 40 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Al-Firdous After-School program in Malden, MA. Imam Hamid was on hand to accept and I had the honor to give a trophy to a little Muslim who earned 1st place in a Quran Competition MashaAllah!
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The Zoubai Family: Escaping the Horror of the Iraq War Only to Live Empty-Handed in the U.S.
Having come from Iraq, the Zoubai family had witnessed many horrors of war which had left the family traumatized. The Zoubai family consists of parents and seven boys ages 5 to 15. Mohammad Zoubai is disabled while his wife Ezel suffers from severe depression among other health issues. Coming to America as refugees from a war-torn country was supposed to be a relief. However the Zoubai family’s experience is far from it. Due to his inability to work, Br. Zoubai feels a sense of powerlessness and shame when he has to choose to either pay his rent or buy food for the family at the end of the month. He usually has to sell some of his food stamps in order to afford to the rent on the run-down apartment they live in, located on the North side of Chicago. This family relies on school breakfast and lunch to feed these children. School breaks and especially summer break is a big problem for the family as schools are closed, making their already impoverished conditions worse. The simple task of feeding the children becomes a sad challenge.
This family endures humiliation on a daily basis because of their poverty. They constantly have to avoid questions from neighbors and friends about why they are unable to replace their torn sofas, why they cannot afford better clothes and why they sleep on the floor rather than beds. They would rather prefer to isolate themselves in loneliness from everybody and suffer quietly. One of the boys told Dr. Rabia Zizine, who works at ICNA Relief's food pantry located in the North side of Chicago, where he lives does not feel like a home. This young boy feels his family is homeless.
"My older sons argue with us and ask why did you have us [if you couldn't afford to]?" Sr. Ezel said. Dr. Rabia said she saw the children firsthand asking their friends to borrow simple items such as a pair of pants. Their mother relates that once the boys found a bottle filled with liquid outside their window and even took a sip before discovering it was beer.
Alhumdulillah, after reaching out to the local network of donors, ICNA Relief through Dr. Rabia was able to collect many items to help alleviate the Zoubai family. They received a set of sofas with tables, five beds, a dining room set, dishes, crockery, a fan, an air conditioner, sheets, blankets, pillows and other random items. The donors also bought decorative items to brighten up Sr. Ezel's living room and make the place homey. In addition, the family was given a one month's supply of groceries including meats, fruits, vegetables, milk, etc among other staples.
The boys were so ecstatic after receiving clothes and shoes that their mother said they didn't sleep all night going through them. The bunk beds have given these boys so much joy for the first time in years. Now, they are looking forward to doing their homework using the table and chairs given to them that will help them educate themselves to a better future. Br. Ashar Qadri from Young Muslims, ICNA's youth wing, to provide mentoring for the growing boys.
"The family was very grateful for the help ICNA Relief was able to provide them with," Sr. Rabia said.