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VIDEO- Internationally renowned nasheed artist Zain Bhikha asks Muslim Aid donors to make a difference to children left orphaned by the conflict in Gaza, see video... 

A big THANK YOU to all our sponsors -The Hilton London Metropole, Greenleaf, Euro Quality Lambs,  , Baraka, Naeim Khan, Zafair Iqbal and Mansoor for their support for our Evening for the Children of Gaza. Also a big thank you to our volunteers who worked so tirelessly for the event and a huge THANK YOU to all our donors and supporters who raised a staggering £300,000 for the children of Gaza-We could not have done it without you!

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Muslim Aid also promoted Palestinian oil producers, Zaytoun: an ethical business established to support marginalized farming communities in Palestine.

Muslim Aid hosted a high profile fundraising dinner, An Evening for the Children of Gaza, at the Hilton Metropole on Saturday 21st February 2009. The event raised over £300,000, £200,000 of which will go towards a providing thousands of children and displaced people with clean drinking water through installing water units and water tanks, £100,000 will go toward reconstructing five clinics, making structural repairs and upgrading the clinics with medical equipment.

Anas Altikriti, President of the Cordoba Foundation said “I have seldom seen a sense of coming together, a sense of unity, a common sense of compassion than I have seen in this country in its response to the crisis in Gaza.”

Muslim Aid has already provided clean water, food parcels, blankets, medicines and trauma counselling to thousands of families.  However, further emergency relief is needed, as well as aid for the rebuilding of the 20,000 homes and 4,000 buildings damaged during the conflict. The evening’s programme included nasheeds from internationally renowned artist Zain Bhikha and Labbayk, inspirational talks by Dr Daud Abdullah (Palestinian Return Centre) and Anas Al-Tikriti (President of the Cordoba Foundation). There were also recitations of poetry about Palestine by children and a charity auction selling Palestinian crafts.

Guests included Baroness Uddin, the first Muslim female member of the House of Lords and Professor Manuel Hassassian, The Palestinian Ambassador to the UK.

Muslim Aid also promoted Palestinian oil producers, Zaytoun: an ethical business established to support marginalized farming communities in Palestine.

 “Everyone had a memorable evening- a great venue, great audience, great food, great performances by speakers and artists, over £300,000 raised for the children of Gaza – a near perfect night Alhamdulillah!!!”, said Tufail Hussain, Fundraising Officer for Muslim Aid.

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* Muslim Aid has been delivering humanitarian and developmental assistance in Palestine through its partners for over two decades. Muslim Aid has launched an emergency £5 million appeal to shelter and support those affected in Gaza. The organization has been delivering food packs to families and medical supplies to hospitals and clinics since the conflict began three weeks ago. Muslim Aid is also working with its partners to ensure that children and families receive social and psychological care for those traumatised by the recent events. For more information about Muslim Aid visit www.muslimaid.org  

*Zaytoun is an ethical business established to support marginalized farming communities in Palestine. As a non-profit company our primary objectives lie with the welfare of the producing communities. Zaytoun invests in empowering farming communities and developing the agricultural infrastructure in Palestine. For more information about Zaytoun please visit www.zaytoun.org

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