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Jordan deployment 2017

Let’s help people climb out of poverty – not just for a week, a month or a year but for a complete lifetime. As a volunteer, we are often asked to collect funds for an array of projects. This may involve helping pregnant women with pre and post pregnancy care (be sure to check out our Birth Clinic in Jordan) or perhaps taking vulnerable orphans for a trip of a lifetime to the blessed lands of Makkah and Medina (it costs just £650 to sponsor an orphan’s Umrah by air). Now if you were to ask me, ‘‘Akeel, what projects aspire to you the most?’’ I would probably shout, ‘‘SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD PROJECTS!’’

So you’re probably thinking, why sustainable livelihood projects? Well let me tell you what they are (if you don’t already know). A livelihood, according to IFRC, is a means of making a living. It encompasses people’s capabilities, assets, income and activities required to secure the necessities of life. Now a livelihood is sustainable when it enables people to cope with and recover from shocks and stresses (such as natural disasters and economic or social upheaves) and enhance their well-being and that of future generations without undermining the natural environment or resource base.

So in simpler terms, provide families with sustainable incomes, which will improve not only their lives but their offspring’s lives too in the long term. So why have you landed on this page? To donate towards our livelihood projects in Jordan of course!

I am organising a 10km bike ride in Birmingham (Rea Valley route) to raise funds and awareness for residents in Jordan.
What will your donations go towards?
Renovating homes within the Gaza Camp.
The distribution of olive trees so that beneficiaries can harvest and sell the olives in order to make a living.

The planting of trees for the betterment of the environment (providing clean air and absorbing harmful gasses from the atmosphere).

A team from Islamic Help (including myself) will be travelling out to Jordan in April this year to carry out the work above. Which means you’ll get to see me getting my hands dirty - renovating homes and planting trees. I’ll be sure to bring back plenty of pictures for my lovely donors so donate open heartedly without hesitation!

Thank you for your support which is, as always, much appreciated.

Akeel Iqbal
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