Refugees Come Together Through ICNA Relief to Help A 70-Year-Old Sister with No Food for Suhoor or Iftar

This is the sweetest Ramadan story we have come across. Please take the time to read it to the end. Before the start of Ramadan, ICNA Relief received a request for suhoor and iftaar on behalf of Sr. Halima (on left), who is over 70. She lives in a nursing home, speaks no English and had no access to halal meat or suhoor or iftaar. Hearing our request, families volunteered to bring her suhoor and iftaar each and every day for Ramadan. And since she doesn't have access to halal meat through the year, these volunteers make it a point to include it in each meal! 


The day one lady cooks for Sr. Halima, she is provided groceries for it by another sister in the group. They take turns cooking and shopping for each other, so no one family does it all. But do you know what the most touching thing is?

ICNA Relief's New Project RACE Aims to Provide Education Support to Refugee Children in the Country

According to statistics from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), most refugees who immigrated to the United States between 2009-2011 came from either Muslim countries (like Iraq or Somalia) or countries where the local Muslim population is being persecuted (such as Burma). Generally, people tend to help refugees while they're still in their country of origin but forget about them once they're here.

Many refugees arrive in the U.S. with little or no money and no place to go. Refugees face all kinds of trouble adjusting to life in America and don't always have the resources to do so effectively. Sometimes these refugee families consist of women separated from their husbands who must take care of their children all on their own in a foreign country they know little about. Other times -- even if both parents are present -- they are too busy juggling odd jobs to make ends meet that they do not have the time or means to take their kids to the mosque. 

That is why ICNA Relief has a whole program devoted to accommodating the needs of these refugees. We offer them financial assistance, English as a second language (ESL) classes and have even provided them with free cars directly through donors by the grace of Allah, among other services. About a year ago, we started a new education program for refugee children in Clarkston, GA called Refugee Assistance for Children's Education (RACE). 

ICNA Relief discovered 80 Burmese children attending weekend school in a cramped apartment with no air conditioning. Our Atlanta chapter collaborated with a local Islamic community center to improve their learning environment by providing them with a bigger space. ICNA Relief arranged for volunteer teachers and hired teachers through the center as well. We also provide free books and snacks to the children in addition to free transportation services. Seeing how beneficial the program is, refugee children from Darfur, Chad and Somalia have also enrolled making the total number of kids participating in RACE rise to 150.

But Clarkston is not the only refugee hub in America; a lot of other cities in the nation are seeing an influx of refugee populations who need help adjusting to their new lives. Please donate today so we can continue to support refugee families in other areas through programs like RACE.

 

Syrian Refugees Arriving in the United States Face Crippling Challenges

With the situation in Syria continuing to deteriorate, refugees fleeing the country are finding it extremely difficult to start over. Many have lost everything; family and friends who were tortured and/or killed, their homes destroyed and life savings gone. Fleeing their homeland seeking safety, many Syrian refugees are finding their way to America, however without the support of UNHCR or refugee benefits. Those who were able, have found their way to America on a visa seeking a new life for their families free from the horrors of war.

ICNA Relief USA has extensive experience with helping refugees adjust to life in America. However times are difficult for Syrian refugees. Those arriving in America have come on their own seeking safety therefore they do not have official refugee status from the US government.

In Arlington, MA Br. Ahmed arrived in America 8 months ago; his wife is 7 months pregnant. He’s working with local organizations attempting to secure a pro bono legal attorney. He cannot work legally in America and it will take at least 3 to 6 months after he applies for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) before he will be granted a work permit. In the meantime he’s exhausted his savings and can no longer afford his rental unit. ICNA Relief Boston is assisting however funds are extremely limited for these specialized services.

Ahmed is not alone, there are countless refugee family struggling to survive in the United States. The situation Syrians face in America is dismal coupled with the fact that many Iraqi refugees still have not been able to find stability in America. These families need your support.

Please donate today to the ICNA Relief USA Refugee Fund

Syrian Refugees Arriving in the United States Face Crippling Challenges

RefugeeWith the situation in Syria continuing to deteriorate, refugees fleeing the country are finding it extremely difficult to start over. Many have lost everything; family and friends who were tortured and/or killed, their homes destroyed and life savings gone. Fleeing their homeland seeking safety, many Syrian refugees are finding their way to America, however without the support of UNHCR or refugee benefits. Those who were able, have found their way to America on a visa seeking a new life for their families free from the horrors of war. 

ICNA Relief USA has extensive experience with helping refugees adjust to life in America. However, times are difficult for Syrian refugees. Those arriving in America have come on their own seeking safety therefore they do not have official refugee status from the US government. 

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Diary Of A Worker From ICNA Relief Disaster Response Team:
Sep. 9th: Today we made our way to LaPlace, LA. We completed 2 jobs out of the work orders we were assigned. The first job was a muck-out. The home was damaged due to the flood waters. WE spent our day working with the Mormon group to complete this. After this job order, we went a few blocks down to tarp the home of a lady whose roof was leaking. We completed this successfully as well. We were also assigned new work orders which we will assess and begin work tomorrow, Monday.IMG 20120909 093731 500px
 
Sep. 8th:  We began our day in New Orleans to complete a work order we received for a roof which needed tarping. We tarped one home. It took us a little extra time because of the type of roof, but we successfully completed the job.IMG 20120908 132142 500px
We then went back to a work order which we still needed to complete. We had to remove a large tree to the curb which we had cut up a few days earlier. This job took up most of our day.IMG 20120907 121652 500px
 
Sep. 7th: We began our day in Metaire, LA. We went to visit a home which had been affected. At this home, we were able to tarp the roof so that water would not leak into the home. We then went to pray Jummah at Masjid Abu Bakr Al Siddique in Kenner, LA. An announcement was made as well as flyers distributed for volunteers.
After Jummah, we went to LaPlace to go scout 2 work orders. IMG 20120907 112507 500px
 
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