We're recruiting for our next deployment in October 2013!
Mission Possible gives volunteers a full spectrum of the humanitarian aid delivery process and involves campaigning, fundraising and a ten day deployment abroad.
Mission Possible will take you on a journey from fundraising and meeting many like-minded individuals to actually distributing aid in a developing country and to seeing first-hand exactly how much of a difference a donation makes to a person's life.
Volunteers will begin the project by fundraising and will undertake activities like street collections, sponsored events, walks, bike rides, mountain climbs, charity dinners and family fun days in order to raise funds for the cause allocated to them by Islamic Help.
They will then plan and deliver aid themselves during a 7-10 day deployment abroad in a developing country. Volunteers will be supported in planning and delivering aid overseas by the relevant overseas Islamic Help office.
Mission Possible volunteers have the opportunity to be involved in a number of projects including:
- Supporting Schools
Volunteers provide support to schools and assist with teaching. They will also distribute equipment to the schools they work in.
- Supporting Orphanages
Volunteers visit and support our orphanages and orphan projects. They get the opportunity to meet with orphans that we sponsor under our Worldwide Orphan Sponsorship Scheme. We also try to ensure that our volunteers get to organise a fun day with the orphans, either at the orphanage or at a local attraction like a zoo. In addition equipment and resources are also provided by the volunteers to the orphanages.
- Malaria Prevention
Malaria remains a big killer in the developing world. As part of Mission Possible we carry out a Malaria prevention awareness campaign which includes leaflet distribution and workshops. In addition we also distribute mosquito nets.
- Livelihood Projects
Income generation is a real challenge for many in the developing world. In supporting people out of poverty we provide opportunities for setting up small businesses. Our Mission Possible volunteers have the opportunity of assisting in this and in identifying viable opportunities and helping to establish the actual enterprises.
- Community Awareness Projects
We have a number of initiatives that seek to increase awareness of certain issues and to assist in tackling those issues. Our Mission Possible volunteers assist in the delivery of some of the awareness seminars and programmes that we run.
- Water Solutions
Water scarcity is a real problem and over 1 billion people still lack access to clean water and 2.5 billion lack adequate sanitation. We build water pumps, wells and other solutions to water scarcity including rain water harvesting systems. Our Mission Possible volunteers have the opportunity of being involved in these projects.
- Environmentally Sustainable Projects
Sustainability is key to any solutions that we provide to poverty, disadvantage and hunger. We seek to ensure that the solution we provide has long term benefits and is sustainable and eco-friendly. Our volunteers are involved in the discussions on this and in the projects that we run.
- Health Programmes
In addition to Malaria prevention initiatives we also have others initiatives that assist in the improvement of health and hygiene so as to minimise the exposure to disease. Our volunteers assist in the delivery of such programmes of awareness.
On being accepted on the Mission Possible you will be required to attend a 2 day training course entitled 'An Introduction to the Humanitarian World'. The training will also include a briefing for the overseas deployment.
On return from the deployment you will also be invited to a 1 day training seminar on campaigning, fundraising and advocacy.
The application procedure for the 2013 deployments is now open!
Who can apply?
You must be 18 years old by 15 October 2013. You must also be a resident of the UK and will need to have or be eligible to have a UK passport.
You will need the following:
- Application Form
- Personal Statement
You will then be invited to attend an interview at which your application will be considered.
Your fundraising target is £5,000 and you will need to raise this before the date of departure.
To download the application form, please click here. To apply for this programme please fill this application form and send it back to us as soon as possible.
Islamic Help Mission Possible Application Form (pdf format)
Once you have completed all the sections of your application form please send it together with a supporting statement, your references, and a copy of your passport to:
19 Ombersley Road,
What previous volunteers have said about this project…
"From shaking a bucket outside a mosque to seeing a smile put on a child's face, the trip was amazing."
Shahid Madni, Head of Young Muslims, Birmingham
- spent time with children in schools on Mafia Island.
"The people were so amazing – so warm, so welcoming. That's why so many of us want to go back... They talk so highly of all the things we've done for them. We think it was nothing, but they think it's amazing that we took time out to do something for them."
Tim Crowley, Head of Birmingham University Officer Training Corps.