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Maria Ahmed,Canada is a founding member of @CWCanada & is a huge inspiration. Read more: http://bit.ly/1CwrAKC @oneCharityWeek

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It's International Women's Day this Sunday! To mark the occasion, we will be sharing stories of some of our most inspirational female aid workers and volunteers from the IR family all across the globe.

First stop... Canada!
Maria Ahmed is one of Charity Week Canada’s superstar founders and volunteers. She teaches Maths and English for grade 7’s and 8’s, and is currently on maternity leave with her beautiful 9-month-old daughter, Inaya.

Maria became one of the founding members of Charity Week Canada and has since worked tirelessly for the organisation, and helped manage the programme with energy, passion and motivation. She laid the groundwork for the organization and procedural protocol of finance for Charity Week Canada.

Maria tells us:

“I love my position for two key reasons. First of all, I find great satisfaction in tirelessly working to improve efficiency while simultaneously looking for new ways to decrease expenses. I also love knowing that I'm putting to use knowledge from some of the best professors of this nation on how to maximize revenue to one the most noble causes in this world: to help orphans and needy children.”

Read more about her story here:
http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/news/taking-charity-week-canada-by-storm-maria-ahmed/
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Join us for an evening of inspiration and hope. Unite & Write for Gaza!

Enjoy an evening of inspiration at the elegant Imperial Venue, relax and unwind while you enjoy a 3 course sit down meal along with entertainment including Story Telling, Nasheeds, Auction and Writting Competition.

The evening will feature writing by young children and special guests Jumana Moon, Shaykh Yusuf Zahaby and Alia Alsougbi.

Book your tickets now!

Friday 13th March, 6:30pm
Adults £10; Children £5

https://www.facebook.com/uniteandwrite/
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Shuheb Karim was one of three volunteers who visited Bangladesh in December to see the devastating impact of climate change, and the work IR is doing to rebuild and strengthen communities.

He shares his heart-felt thoughts in the first of three parts of his blog with us. He writes:

"During our visits, we encountered a number of beneficiaries, all resembling each other in their incredibly strong minded attitudes, the will to learn and more importantly the gratefulness and humble attitudes. While we live a life of comfort, with tough times being the absence of hot water from our boilers, these people’s entire lives were washed away. To be able to get back up with nothing takes something I doubt I’d be able to do. After all, “Allah gives his hardest battles, to his stronger soldiers.”"

Read his full blog here: http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/news/bittersweet-realities-in-bangladesh-shuhebs-blog/

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It's fair trade fortnight! Over the next two weeks we'll be sharing stories of people benefiting from our fair trade projects across the globe. Fair trade guarantees producers a fair wage for their labour and good working conditions, making it valuable step in eradicating world poverty and hunger.
Haj Bashir in Palestine produces fair trade olive oil. Joining the fair trade movement hasn't only given him a better life, it has created a sense of community and brotherhood among the farmers, giving Haj lots of new friends! Haj has 8 children, and a total of 16 people in his immediate family. Thanks to fair trade, Haj is able to care for and support his family without relying on anybody else for help.
Read his story here:
http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/…/producing-fair-trade-ol…/

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"And they give food out of love for Him to the poor and the orphan and the captive. 'We only feed you for Allah's sake, we desire from you neither reward nor thanks - surely we fear from our Lord a stern, distressful day.' Therefore Allah will guard them from the evil of that day and cause them to meet with ease and happiness." (Qur'an 76:8-11)

Jummuah mubarak!

(pictured: child supported by Islamic Relief in Pakistan, © Shaista Chishty)

http://bit.ly/IRorphan
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Calling all ladies in Birmingham! This International Women's Day, Sunday 8th March, come together with sisters from all walks of life for an afternoon of tea, inspirational talks, sisterhood and celebration.
Ladies High Tea will be an afternoon dedicated to celebrating the contributions of women all over the globe, and a great chance to relax. If you're in Birmingham, book your tickets now!
https://www.facebook.com/events/785087878247907
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Shahzeb was just six years old when we met him. He lives in the narrow streets of a slum, his home a dark concrete box. No carpet, no running water, no heating.

Shahzeb is an orphan. His father died four years ago from tuberculosis, leaving his mother Gulshan to raise Shahzeb and his five sisters alone.

“I can’t work with my hands; what can we do?” Gulshan has a disability that means she only has the use of one arm, leaving her unable to work. Her options are minimal: beg on the streets, or marry her children off young to ensure they are taken care of by someone else.

Shahzeb was found by Islamic Relief’s community liaison team and identified as someone in particular need of support. Support for Shahzeb will give him back his childhood and restore happiness to his family. You could be that change.

There are thousands of orphans like Shahzeb all over the globe who are in urgent need of support. Will you join us today in turning around a child's life? Will you sponsor our orphans?

Change a child's life today. Support #ourorphans:

http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/orphans-and-children/
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Today is the National Day of Kosova! We're looking back at some of the great things we've been able to achieve together, to improve the lives of those in need in Kosova.
Hundreds of orphans are being supported in Kosova, Alhamdulillah! This means hundreds of children are more able to enjoy their childhood, go to school and attend camps and outings. We've also worked with orphans like Naim, who are leaving the orphans scheme, to provide them with skills and qualifications to help them find employment.
Naim was 1 of 8 people we trained as plumbers, and he is loving his job, which enables him to support his own family as well as giving back to the wider community.

Today is the National Day of Kosova! We're looking back at some of the great things we've been able to achieve together, to improve the lives of those in need in Kosova.
Hundreds of orphans are being supported in Kosova, Alhamdulillah! This means hundreds of children are more able to enjoy their childhood, go to school and attend camps and outings. We've also worked with orphans like Naim, who are leaving the orphans scheme, to provide them with skills and qualifications to help them find employment.
Naim was 1 of 8 people we trained as plumbers, and he is loving his job, which enables him to support his own family as well as giving back to the wider community.
http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/…/brighter-futures-in-kos…/
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