On Wednesday 28th October 2015, the UK Projects team were honoured to host a delegation of influential members of the Thai Muslim community at the MH London office.
The group of 16, led by Professor Kasem Benchawong, Director Raja Park Institute and Doctor Muhammad Asamee Arbubaka, President of the Islamic Schools Network; had travelled all the way from Yala Province in Thailand to explore how Muslim minorities had integrated into UK society and to learn from the experience of Muslim communities in the UK.
The delegation, which represented a variety of Muslim organisations including those from the charity sector, arrived at the London office at 3.30pm and were greeted with teas, coffees and refreshments before being briefed on the work of Muslim Hands by Director of Community Development, Maqsood Ahmed OBE.
As well as presenting Muslim Hands’ international work, the UK Projects team also gave a presentation on MH activities within the UK which includes women’s empowerment programmes, helping Muslim and BME students to achieve academic success, prisoner rehabilitation, and supporting poverty-relief projects like soup kitchens and food banks.
Commenting on the success of the visit, Maqsood Ahmed told us, ‘It is wonderful to establish links with grassroots leaders of the Thai Muslim community. It was truly an honour to be chosen by the delegation to provide an insight into the UK Muslim community and Muslim Hands looks forward to future projects and partnership with Dr Kasem and his team’.