Muslim Aid signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Balham Mosque & Tooting Islamic Centre on June 23 2011. The MoU establishes a partnership between Muslim Aid, Balham Mosque and Tooting Islamic Centre for the construction of 50 houses, a healthcare centre and a school in Nisar Khoso village in Thatta, Sindh.
Balham Mosque donated £125,000 to Muslim Aid toward the project. The cheque was received by Muslim Aid’s Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Mr Tanzeem Wasti. Payment was presented by Mr Faruk Valimahomed, Chairman of Balham Mosque together with Mr Abdul Razzak Osman, Treasurer and Mr Abdul Majid, Head of Finance.
Mr Tanzeem Wasti said: “We are delighted to have joined together with Balham Mosque and Tooting Islamic Centre to continue our rehabilitation work in Pakistan. The generosity of the donors will enable Muslim Aid to provide homes, health services, education and livelihood support in one of the poorest districts of Pakistan.”
Faruk Valimahomed, Chairman of Balham Mosque said: “It is an historic moment. Balham Mosque and Tooting Islamic Centre felt the best avenue would be to associate ourselves with a reputable charitable organisation and we elected to do that through Muslim Aid.”
The two organisations have agreed to work on an integrated village development project in Thatta, devastated during the floods of 2010. Under the MoU, Balham Mosque and Tooting Islamic Centre will continue to support the health centre and school with resources raised in the future.
The development work in Thatta is part of Muslim Aid’s ongoing flood rehabilitation programme in Pakistan, where the Charity is implementing an integrated model village project in 5 districts of Pakistan, within Punjab, KPK and Sindh.
The project sets an excellent example for other Mosques and community organisations in the UK to direct their donations to development projects already being supported by Muslim Aid in Pakistan.
Notes to Editors:
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