Paint for Psycho-Social Support
Fashion Show Fundraising Dinner
Serving up Kindness: A Night for Syrian Refugees
What: Paint for Psycho-Social Support
When: Friday February 22, 2019
Who: UMR at Temple University
UMR at Temple University hosted Paint for PSS on Friday April 8th, 2019. This event aimed to raise awareness and funds for UMR’s Psycho-Social Support Program for Syrian refugees in Jordan.
An evening dedicated to creating a space where students were able to pick up a paint brush and create murals while also raising funds and awareness for a critical and lifesaving program.
The evening started with a presentation by UMR Chapter President, Waleed Muhammed where he spoke about UMR’s Psycho-Social Support Program. Following a presentation that explained the importance of art therapy as well as directions on how the murals will be created.
“It was a successful event in terms of making sure that those who were painting were really able to enjoy themselves, relax, and paint successfully.” Muhammad Waleed Temple University Chapter President.
UMR Temple created a safe and comfortable environment for students to enjoy the paintings they were making. UMR mobilizes volunteers to make an impact on not only those suffering domestically but also internationally. We encourage students to be active members in philanthropy and host similar events.
UMR’s Psycho-Social Support Program is one of UMRs most successful programs that aims to provide children and families with mental health services and child-friendly spaces in order to help them cope with trauma due to war and displacement. These services include group and individual therapy, psychodrama therapy, marriage counseling, and art and play therapy. Mental health seems to be a forgotten health issue that affects one’s way of life more than anything. However, UMR makes it our mission to tackle this issue because we realize that war and displacement have a huge negative impact on the mental health of refugees. Learn more about UMR’s Child Protection programs at umrelief.org/child-protection.
What: Fashion Show Fundraising Dinner
When: Friday, March 8th 2019
UMR at Eastern Michigan University held the first Annual Fundraising Fashion Show in Ysiplanti Michigan on Friday, March 8th to raise funds for UMR programs in Yemen and to raise awareness about the biggest humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
Cultural clothing was showcased from all around the world including Yemen, Pakistan, Jordan, Palestine, and Somalia! UMR EMU created a platform for students to showcase their cultures through cultural clothing.
The chapter raised thousands of dollars for UMR’s Winter Campaign that provided fuel powered heaters, food, and warm clothing for those suffering in Yemen.
“The day of the event went over very well, and was super organized. Everyone really enjoyed the event, and we created a lot of awareness on the crisis in Yemen.” Afira Arshad, EMU Chapter President.
UMR at EMU were successful in hosting an event that brought people together for a common cause, which was the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
What: Serving up Kindness: A Night for Syrian Refugees
When: Friday, March 1 2019
UMR partnered with the George Washington University Muslim Students’ Association to host Serving up Kindness: A Night for Syrian Refugees on Friday, March 1st in Washington DC as a way to raise awareness and funds about UMR’s Psycho-Social Support Program and the Syrian refugee crisis.
“I hope people can recognize that even if you’re an American Muslim or just an American student in Washington, D.C., you can still make an impact on things that are happening on the other side of the world,” Abdullah Tauqeer, the co-president of MSA, said.
UMR makes sure that the youth are able to make an impact on issues affecting those all over the world, including Syrian refugees that are suffering from mental health illnesses due to war and trauma.
The funds raised at this event will go towards UMR’s Psycho-Social Support Program that provides refugee children and their families with mental health services and consultations on topics like harassment and hygiene.
The banquet, a first-time event for UMR in DC that will include a catered dinner, will feature guest speaker Yaser Birjas, the head of the Islamic Law and Theory Department at the AlMaghrib Institute, who will discuss the importance of mental health in the Muslim community, Tauqeer said. He said the event will also feature student performers who will sing or play instruments
“Most of the time, when people raise money to send overseas it is for direct relief, which is obviously a great thing for food, water, clothes – things like that,” Tauqeer said. “But this caught my eye when I was given the option because it was innovative, it was a new way to raise something that’s definitely a need.”
It is UMR’s mission to implement innovative programs that meet a need in the population we are working with. The PSS program is one of UMR’s signature programs because we are able to perform direct implementation through the Jordan office and provide a critical and lifesaving program to those in need.