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Saalik Youth Project

Together For Change: As-Salaam Foundation & Saalik Youth Initiative

As-Salaam Foundation has partnered with the Saalik Youth Initiative in Sheffield. This partnership is underpinned by a shared vision of empowering the underprivileged and fostering community solidarity. In 2024, we are set to launch a series of projects to support the Foundation’s core projects, from education to health and wellbeing.

We are a Grass Roots Youth Project driven by a vibrant community of young minds with a passion to create positive change in disadvantaged areas of Sheffield through sports activities, youth club, workshops, education and trips. Led by Imran Ali, we comprise of around 250 dedicated individuals eager to make a difference, our project is a hub of creativity, collaboration, and compassion. We’re united by our shared goal to initiate impactful projects that address pressing issues, uplift communities, and foster a spirit of empowerment. Through innovative ideas, collective enthusiasm, and a commitment to service, we aim to cultivate a space where each member’s voice is heard and valued anywhere from the ages of 6 upwards to 25.

As we embark on the new year, we are filled with aspirations and a commitment to make a meaningful impact. Saalik Youth Project is eager to dedicate our time and energy towards As-Salaam Foundation in 2024. We recognise the power we hold collectively to effect positive change on a larger scale, and we aim to channel this energy into volunteer efforts that align with our values of compassion and community service.

By lending our hands and hearts to this cause, we aim to contribute to their impactful initiatives and make a tangible difference in the lives of those they serve.

Children holding up thank you sign for charity

Our Aim

Through 2024 we endeavor to raise over £30,000 and support four core projects that are close to our hearts.

Join us on this journey of discovery, learning, and meaningful contribution as we strive to make a lasting impact together! 🙌

Our Objectives

Our core values give us a framework for our operational decisions. The following core values and beliefs define what’s important to us at As-Salaam Humanitarian Foundation.

To support the advancement of young people and the community facing disadvantage, with a focus on ages 6-25 and those from ethnically diverse backgrounds and origins. To advance their interest, confidence, self-esteem and aspirations enabling them to realise their potential by promoting and providing various cultural, educational, social and recreational activities.

To campaign for equitable access including services and facilities use for young people and the population of Pitsmoor, Burngreave, Fir Vale and its environs including managing any premises as may be acquired for the purposes of the organisation and its participants.

To inform, support, advise, develop courses, provide lectures, classes, meetings, conferences, and help on matters of interest and needs to young people, parents and the wider community including issues such as health and wellbeing, mental health, parenting, employability, personal development, fitness, poverty, crime and violence and dealing with conflict.

To develop and nurture long term relationships with young people and the local community, to enhance community cohesion and interaction, including one to one mentoring support.

To co-design and develop activities via consultation with young people to inform, educate, safeguard and enhance ability to make informed choices.

To provide opportunities, training and pathways to/for volunteers and community participants.

#1For1Appeal

Yemen | Nepal | Pakistan | Uganda | Sri Lanka

January - March 2024

Whilst many of us eat to our fill, for many across the world poverty casts a shadow over the joyous spirit of Ramadan, especially during iftar. For many families facing financial hardships, iftar becomes a poignant reminder of scarcity. The inability to afford nutritious meals compounds the challenges of observing this sacred month. In the midst of such adversity, we endeavor to bridge this gap, offering iftar meals to those in need. These meals not only provide sustenance but also foster a sense of solidarity and compassion, reminding everyone of the fundamental principle of generosity integral to Ramadan. Donate one Ifar for just £1.

"Whoever feeds a fasting person will have his sins forgiven, will be saved from hell fire, and will have the same reward as the fasting person without diminishing the reward of the fasting person in the slightest."

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)

75 Water Pumps

Nepal

April - June 2024

Water is a blessing from Allah that we often take for granted. Nepal grapples with a pressing water crisis that spans urban centers and rural landscapes, affecting millions across the country. Rapid urbanization, coupled with inadequate infrastructure and the impact of climate change, exacerbates the scarcity of clean water resources. Many regions face limited water supplies, contamination issues, and a lack of access to sanitation facilities, leading to dire health repercussions. Rural communities often trek long distances to access water sources, putting immense strain on daily life, especially for women and children. Our efforts to address this crisis involve a mix of infrastructural development, community-driven initiatives, and conservation strategies. Despite these endeavors, the persistent water crisis in Nepal underscores the urgent need for comprehensive, sustainable solutions to ensure equitable access to safe and reliable water resources for all its citizens. We use water for everything, from washing dishes to cooking food to growing crops. Allah says in the Qur’an, ‘By means of water, we give life to everything’. (Qur’an, 21:30). Communities who don’t have access to clean water face unimaginable hardships. Having access to safe water is a basic human right and fulfilling this right is an excellent Sadaqah. Donate a hand pump for only £80.

“Which charity is best?” He replied, “[Providing] water”’.

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked

Build a Masjid

Uganda

July - September 2024

In Uganda, the scarcity of mosques presents a significant challenge for the Muslim community across the country. With a growing population and limited resources, many areas face a shortage of mosques, leading to overcrowding and difficulties in accommodating worshippers, especially during peak times such as Friday prayers and religious festivities. This scarcity not only impacts accessibility but also affects the quality of religious services and educational opportunities available within these spaces. Communities often come together to establish makeshift prayer areas or contribute towards the construction of new mosques, emphasizing the deep-rooted commitment to their faith. However, the persistent shortage underscores the need for concerted efforts and resources to address this issue, ensuring that the Muslim population has adequate spaces for worship, community engagement, and religious education. A small Masjid can be built from only £5,000 in Uganda with a capacity of 100 worshippers.

“Whoever builds a Masjid for the sake of Allah, Allah will build for him a house in Paradise.”

The Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)

17 Orphan Sponsorships

Uganda

October - December 2024

Uganda faces a significant orphan crisis, with a substantial number of children losing their parents due to various factors, including HIV/AIDS, poverty, conflict, and disease. These circumstances leave many children vulnerable and without proper care or support networks. As-Salaam orphanage strives to provide a home and basic necessities, whilst trying our utmost to meet the overwhelming demand. In Uganda, many orphans end up in households headed by older siblings or distant relatives, facing challenges in accessing education, healthcare, and a stable upbringing. Limited efforts by government initiatives aim to address these issues but they are not doing enough. As-Salaam wants to emphasise and develop access to family-based care, education, and community support systems. The orphan situation in Uganda highlights the ongoing need for sustainable solutions and comprehensive support to ensure these children receive the care, opportunities, and protection they deserve. Sponsor an orphan from £240 per year or just £20 per month.

“I and the one who looks after an orphan and provides for him, will be in Paradise like these two” – and he gestured with his forefinger and middle finger, holding them close together.’’

Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)