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Shaykh Kabbani Distributes Humanitarian Aid in Africa

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In his 5 day trip to Kenya and outlying areas in July 2010, ISCA Chairman Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani distributed a large amount of funding that was used for several different humanitarian aid projects, including supplemental aid for local orphanages, constructing new wells, and feeding the needy in over 20 towns, cities and villages in the area. One of the orphanages supported in this endeavor was the Mama Fatuma’s Goodwill Children’s Home in the Eastleigh district of Nairobi. Located in an impoverished neighborhood with a shortage of electricity and water, the facility currently looks after 85 orphan boys and girls. Shaykh Kabbani personally visited the orphanage and was honorably welcomed by colorfully dressed orphans singing traditional Arabic songs of praise to show their love and respect for their esteemed guest.

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The next orphanage ISCA delegates visited and patronized was Al-Nisa Children’s Home, an all-girls orphanage on the outskirts of Nairobi. The home places great emphasis on both religious and secular education, so the girls are equipped to sustain themselves and live independently in the future. The home was also in dire need of operational expenses, for basic needs such as furniture and beds. Upon hearing the plea of the management, ISCA was pleased to present the women with a generous donation to their cause.

Another humanitarian endeavor ISCA embarked upon was the construction of wells in the poverty-stricken, remote areas of Kenya where current water sources are located far from villages and towns. The hot climate in this arid region makes irrigation nearly impossible, leading to an endless cycle of poverty. This wells program was launched very successfully, with nine wells underway, three of which have been completed. Alongside each well, a prayer shed will be built so people may offer prayers away from the harsh glare of the sun.

In addition to supporting the orphanages and constructing wells, ISCA also launched a Ramadan Food Campaign where thousands of boxes of food were collected and distributed in remote areas of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as local slums of Nairobi. Thirty tons of food items went to Northeastern Kenya, a drought-ridden region with many poor families living on the brink of death and out of desperation, eat leaves in order to survive. The humanitarian aid trip as a whole was quite successful in effecting sustainable change for many of the areas poorest citizens.