Charitable Bakery

UMR, working with local on the ground partners such as Pure Hands, has completed the construction of one Charity Bakery in Aden. Construction has begun for another bakery in Hodeidah with planned expansion to Taiz and Al-Jawf. Ingredients are procured locally to provide food insecure families with basic staples in their diet. Families of concern are provided with voucher tickets which are brought to the bakery in exchange for loaves of bread. The project aims to serve 750 conflict and malnutrition affected families in 2019. Conflict in Yemen has left 15.9 million people- 53% of the population- severely food insecure. Security concerns have left international organizations unable to reach aid recipients which highlights the need to procure as many foodstuffs and ingredients as possible from local sources.

UMR continues to leverage fluid on the ground networks to reach families who lack the basic means to survive and ensure that lack of funds, conflict, or location do not stop people from accessing food.

Ambulatory Clinics in Cox Bazaar

UMR works with its partner IMANA to provide ambulatory medical care to Rohingya refugees seeking safety in Cox Bazaar-currently the largest refugee camp in the world. We are currently one of very few medical teams authorized by the Bangladeshi government, which allows us to treat young children who would otherwise stuffer from easily preventable diseases such as the flu which are lethal in camp settings. We coordinate with Bangladeshi NGOs for medical staff and logistics support to gain access to the internal parts of the camp. This project is coordinated in conjunction with UN health cluster meetings and volunteers physicians contracted through IMANA.

This project has been running since 2017 and served over 40,000 patients.

Charitable Bakeries in Yemen

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College Chapters Youth Emergency Preparedness Workshop

UMR Chapter youth members between the ages of 18-24 get trained on emergency preparedness and are equipped with resources to know what to do in the case of an emergency. They learn how to create emergency plans and emergency kits, and upon completion of their training get certified in UMR’s Emergency Preparedness Program, making them eligible to volunteer in a limited capacity for emergency response on behalf of UMR.

Each young person is given a pre-test to gauge their knowledge base as well as a post-test to once their training is complete.

Imam Mental Health First Aid Workshop

The recent terror attack in New Zealand at a mosque during Friday prayers sparked a discussion worldwide, highlighting the important leadership role Imams have in their communities.

To be a great crisis manager, understanding trauma and having the tools and resources to act
on behalf of survivors is extremely important. The UMR Crisis Managers initiative gives
Imams three core areas of training and discussion that will help Imams become Crisis Managers and help their communities heal after tragedies. This three part initiative includes a mental health first aid overview, active shooter training, and emergency preparedness:

  1. Mental Health First Aid
    This training of relief and response aid gives crisis managers an understanding of how mental health plays a part in healing from traumatic events.
  2. Active Shooter Training
    An updated training course on how to deal with an active shooter and what measures can be taken to save lives and get as many people to safety in this type of situation.
  3. Emergency Preparedness for Crisis Managers
    What would you do if a disaster or crisis comes to your community? This emergency preparedness training will provide the resources you need for many different types of disasters. It shows how a crisis manager works to play a role in helping respond to an emergency and helping communities heal.

Participants of the first Imam Mental Health First Aid Workshop received a certificate of completion and an opportunity to volunteer as a UMR crisis manager providing faith counseling or prayers for survivors of disasters in the United States.

Imams who complete this roundtable and training will be able to:

  • Volunteer as on-call crisis managers with UMR’s Emergency Response Program to
    help provide support to survivors of disasters in the United States.
  • Get certifications that can help keep their communities safe from active shooters, prepare for natural disasters, and provide resources for other traumatic events.
  • Be recognized as faith leaders at the forefront of relief efforts in the U.S. along with
    other faith based groups.

Ramadan Family Food Packs

Food is a fundamental need for the survival of human life. Food security is built on three pillars: Food availability, food access, and food use. Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life- that’s about one in nine people on earth. Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year. We believe that every human being deserves the right to a healthy meal for themselves and their family; whether they be abroad or here in the United States, UMR has implemented programs to provide food to those in need.

Last year, UMR assisted around 40,000 beneficiaries in eleven countries by distributing food parcels that contained items adequate for Suhur & Iftar meals for the entire month of Ramadan. During the project implementation, it was ensured that extremely poor and vulnerable individuals (e.g. pregnant mothers, widows, persons with disabilities) and households benefit from the distribution and food package contents are culturally appropriate.

Zakat al-Maal

As we go through the holy month of Ramadan, striving to strengthen our Iman and our deeds, we continue to reflect on the blessings of Allah in our life. Ramadan is the perfect time to reflect on those fellow brothers and sisters around the world that are not as fortunate as us and are struggling at this moment in life. Allah has made Zakat obligatory on us for exactly this purpose, and to purify our wealth.

Take this great opportunity! There is no better time to give Zakat Al-Maal than the month of Ramadan.

UMR is currently working on several projects around the world where your Zakat money can help the poor and destitute, those that have been forced to leave their homes.

Eid Gifts for Orphans

Eid is a day of celebration and happiness for Muslims throughout the world. However, for many children, this happiness is tarnished by poverty, depriving them the luxury of new clothes even on this festive day.

This year, why not donate an Eid gift and make this wonderful celebration really special for a vulnerable child? Our Eid gifts only cost $25 and will put a smile on the face of a little orphan.

Back to School

Many children in the refugee camps of Jordan lack even the most basic school supplies. Parents, having limited funds are faced with a predicament – putting food on the table or supplying pencils to write with. Hunger, almost always takes precedence.

Your contribution provides a child with a backpack and school supplies such as pencils, crayons, rulers and erasers.

Qurbani Meat Distribution

Every year UMR carries out thousands of Qurbanis on behalf of donors and distributes the meat to vulnerable families. Many of these families are only able to enjoy meat once a year at the time of Eid ul Adha.

This year we will perform Qurbani in 13 countries and aim to reach tens of thousands of people living in poverty, struggling to survive in conflict zones or suffering as a result of natural disasters. UMR takes great care to perform Qurbani on your behalf in accordance with the Sunnah, providing up to four pounds of excellent quality meat per family.

Throughout Ramadan, UMR continued its life-saving work with Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh by providing food parcels to displaced people. This year, on Eid ul Adha, UMR will continue to serve them by delivering your Qurbani meat.

Last year, thanks to your donations, UMR provided Qurbani meat for over 26000 individuals.

Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said, “The believer is not he who eats his fill while his neighbor is hungry.” [Bukhari]