Somali Forgotten Minds: Iftar for Refugees

The Somali Forgotten Minds Project was founded in 2018 and has since been supporting individuals suffering from mental illnesses in Somalia and Kenya. According to the World Health Organisation statistics, Somalia has one of the highest rates of mental illness in the world. Our mission remains to inspire change, end the stigma around mental illness and help our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves. 

We've previously partnered with Dadaab Media Channel, a local NGO, to support individuals who are mentally ill. Raising funds to provide access to much needed treatment in a nearby Psychiatric facility.

Last Ramadan we partnered with Dadaab Media Channel to distribute Iftar and suhoor, providing food for the neediest people in Dadaab refugee camp. We surpassed our £10,000 goal raising £25,000. Alhamdulilah thanks to everyone's generosity we were able to feed as many people as possible both Iftar and suhoor. We used the excess funds to aid the neediest families and buy new Eid clothes for the poor and orphaned children.  I've included photos below and you can see more of our work on our Instagram: @Somaliforgottenminds.

Our partner has asked us to run the Iftar campaign again as COVID-19 has worsened the already dire situation and created further hunger and desperation. Our aim is to raise £500 a day which feeds 30 families throughout the month of Ramadan. Each family consists of around 8-10 people so our goal of £15,000 will allow us to meet our daily target of feeding 30 families a day. Like before, the money will be received by Dadaab Media Channel who will hold the daily Iftar distribution at Dagahley, a community center in the camp.

The Prophet (saw) said, "Whoever provides food for a fasting person to break his fast with, then for him is the same reward as (the fasting person's) without anything being diminished from the reward of the fasting person" 

 [Al-Jami al-Tirmidhi 807 (Sahih)]

We're asking for your support during this blessed month of Ramadan to support our Muslim brothers and sisters within the Refugee camp. This month is the best time to give charity and we pray Allah swt accepts all our fasts and duas.

Photos from 2020 Iftar for Refugees Project: 

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