Muslim Hands feedback 2006
Muslim Hands - United for the Needy is an international relief and development organisation, established in 1993 with the objective of providing relief from poverty, sickness and the provision of education on a non-discriminatory basis.
We work both directly and with partners in 35 of the world's poorest countries. Although MH is recognised for rapid emergency response, our primary focus is on education and vocational training.
In 2005, we raised over =A38 million from individual donors, mosques and community centres in the form of Zakah and Sadaqah donations and are one of the largest British Muslim charities, Al-Hamdu lillah.
Muslim Hands is registered in the UK with British Overseas NGOs Development (BOND), DFID and a signatory to the Code of Conduct for The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief.
Muslim Hands was the first Muslim charity to receive the 'Investor in People' award and is one of the few charities that is ISO:9001 certified.
In the twelve years Muslim Hands has been working in Palestine, rarely have we witnessed ordinary civilians suffering as much as they are now. With the economy in ruins, 78% of the population of Gaza is now living under the poverty line and 10% of all children under the age of five are suffering from chronic malnutrition.
This dismal picture has worsened dramatically since the start of the war (July 2006), which has seen the crowded streets of Gaza pounded daily by heavy Israeli bombing. Even bridges, power stations, factories and public buildings have not been spared, bringing further suffering and misery.
In Gaza, Muslim Hands is working in Beit Hanoun, Beir Lahia and Jabaliya Camp handing out vital food supplies (including baby milk), tents and water storage tanks.