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Muslim Aid has already given £82,000 in response to the Grenfell Tower disaster, the charity said today, after the Charity Commission revealed that only a small fraction of donations has reached the survivors.
Muslim Aid raised £177,000 for the Grenfell Tower survivors. It provided £50,000 in cash grants to families directly affected via the National Zakat Foundation, and spent £7,000 on an Eid event in Kensington Memorial Gardens for both those affected and the wider community.
It is also finalising a £25,000 payment to the Grenfell Muslim Response Unit, a project housed by the National Zakat Foundation. This will provide ongoing support and grants based on medium to long-term needs assessments, as well as art therapy classes and bereavement support services. These will be available to people of all faiths and none.
The charity has also distributed goods-in-kind which were donated by supporters, including over 100 hand-knitted blankets and 200 care packs.
The charity said it has another £95,000 left to distribute, which it will do so after carefully assessing the long-term needs of the survivors.
Jehangir Malik, Muslim Aid chief executive, said:
“Our very generous donors gave a huge amount in a short time to help the people caught up in the Grenfell disaster. We have already spent over half the money on our emergency response. Now we want to make sure that we use the rest of the money to give the best possible help to survivors. This is not a task we can do overnight.
“Every family caught up in the disaster is different, and their needs are complex. Each family has its own case worker to help them access services and get the long-term help they need. Muslim Aid is going to be a part of that process, and we are currently deciding how best to do this.
“I can assure our donors that their money is being spent carefully and responsibly, and can say directly to Grenfell survivors that we are committed to putting their needs first and helping them to the best of our ability.”