Ramadan (also called Ramazan in Urdu) is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and observed with respect and zest by 1.8 billion Muslims around the world. Muslims fast during this month and increase their spirituality by increasing acts of worship, personal development and charity. Here is a list of some wonderful causes to support this Ramadan. If you have more ideas, please share and I will be happy to add to this list.
Humanitarian crisis affects children the worst and leave them exposed and vulnerable. These children need our compassion and love. Your small contribution goes a long way and can build a secure life for a child. Please help this campaign which will contribute to The Zahra Trust’s call for orphans support and child welfare in Iraq.
My sister Shaista is raising funds via this link. Please support!
The Citizen’s Foundation
The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF) has been on a mission to educate underprivileged children of Pakistan for the last twenty years. They have changed the course of hundreds of thousands of families and their generations to come. My friend Sabika wrote a lovely piece about her experience with TCF for the Medium. You must read it here.
Here are links to donate:
TCF USA: https://www.tcfusa.org/donation-online/
(TCF-USA is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization – TCF-USA Tax ID: 41-2046295)
TCF PAKISTAN: https://www.tcf.org.pk/zakat/
TCF CANADA: https://www.tcfcanada.org/zakat/
TCF UK: https://www.tcf-uk.org/zakat/
Registered as a charity in 2001 (England & Wales: 1087864)
All these websites have financials posted for these regions. They are all qualified and registered charities. TCF’s zakat process is shariah compliant.
Zakat Donations for Rashidabad
This is a cause very close to my heart as it’s dedicated in the memory of those who have laid their lives for the motherland. Learn all about Rashidabad here. Support education, health care and social welfare projects in Rashidabad by donating via I-care Fund America. The i-Care Fund America Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization in the USA. Federal Tax Identification Number (EIN Number) is 262437362.
These donations will also support subsidized meals, ration & clothing during Ramzan and water hand pumps and assistance in the repair of dwellings.
LUMS National Outreach Program
LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) launched its National Outreach Programme (NOP) in 2001 to extend the benefits of world-class education to talented students all over Pakistan and is one of the great causes to support this Ramadan. I’m so proud of this program since it has transformed the lives of students and families and made dreams possible taking away the constraint of access to funds.
Follow this link to donate and read all the amazing stories to feel inspired!
Association of Fatima Jinnah Old Graduates (AFJOG) Free Health Centre
The premises serves as a free health centre in the morning and as a school for underprivileged children in the afternoon. The dedication of the doctors who are all old graduates of Fatima Jinnah hospital during the day time is reflected by the smiles of the happy patients. During the afternoon the teachers provide proper school-level education to the kids.
AFJOG has a vast and well established network of outreach medical clinics within 50 km radius of Lahore. At these clinics nearly 25,000 patients are seen annually. Read more about this organization via the links shared below. This is a cause worthy of your donations/Zakat.
This is a small list of causes to support this Ramadan and I will keep adding to this! Please pour in your suggestions.
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