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11 December 2020

Winter Distributions, The Open Kitchen 2nd Anniversary & more! Check out our weekly update

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Asalamu alaykum!

We've had a busy end to the year, with our annual winter distributions beginning, alhamdulilah! Your support will help provide winter blankets, food and fuel for warmth and cooking to those most in need during these cold months. Our teams will be on the ground in locations such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Kashmir and the UK.

The Open Kitchen in Hounslow also celebrated its 2nd anniversary - it's stayed open every single day since the 8th December 2018 and has provided 100,000 meals in that period. During the peak of the COVID pandemic, the Open Kitchen doubled its monthly meals to 6000. We thank you for your immense support and pray Allah swt accepts the efforts of our donors, volunteers and staff.

We've also had images from our country offices around the world, updating us on all your tube wells they're building, food distributions, COVID awareness workshops & so much more. Let's take a look:

Bismillah, our 2021 winter distributions began with over 100 winter kits, including winter blankets, warm clothing items and food being distributed in Swat Valley, Pakistan.

The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Any believer who clothes a naked believer, Allah will clothe him from the green [garments] of Jannah’. [Tirmidhi]
Winter distribution in Swat Valley, Pakistan.
The Prophet (saw) said, ‘The shade of the believer on the Day of Resurrection is his charity’. [Ahmad]

Our teams are still on the ground distributing your aid to the Ethiopian refugees in Sudan. This includes hygiene packs, plastic mats and sheets.

Alhamdulilah you've helped to raise nearly £20,000 to support those fleeing conflict in Ethiopia, we need your continued supporting to continue helping those most in need.
Your aid is bringing joy and hope!
Alhamdulilah our events coordinators and volunteers in London distributed 22 sleeping bags and 40 COVID 19 kits to those on the streets over the weekend. This will help keep rough sleepers warm during these harsh winter months, and also safe,

The hygiene kits include hand sanitiser, masks, alcohol wipes, and gloves - which will also keep them safe!
We'll be having many, many more distributions at home and globally and only with your mercy can we continue helping those most in need this winter!

The Guardian this week reported that, 'an estimated 2 million families, including a million children, likely to struggle to afford to feed themselves, stay warm, or keep clean as the recession deepens'.

Now is the time to come together and open our hearts for others.
Alhamdulillah, this week we celebrated the two-year anniversary of The Open Kitchen! We opened our community kitchen in Hounslow back in December 2018. Ma sha' Allah, with your support, it has now been open every single day for the last two years, serving 100,000 meals so far!

The Prophet (saw) said, 'He who does not thank the people is not thankful to Allah'. [Abu Dawud]

Thank you for all your love and support!
Alongside two hot meals, winter relief kits and hygiene packs were also distributed!
Here are some of our amazing volunteers at The Open Kitchen!
The teams in Sindh, Pakistan have been constructing your water wells!

The Messenger of Allah (saw) was asked, “Which charity is best?” He replied, “[Providing] water”’. [Abu Dawud]
Your donations are transforming and saving lives.

The gift of water saves lives, which is a hugely rewardable action. Allah says in the Qur’an, ‘And whoever saves one [a life] - it is as if he had saved all of mankind’. (Qur’an, 5:32) Imagine this - every single time the clean water you donated saves someone’s life, it is as if you have saved all of mankind!
‘By means of water, we give life to everything’. (Qur’an, 21:30)
With the support of our MH France team, our teams in Malawi distributed food packs. These included 50kgs maize, 10kgs beans, 2kgs salt and 1 bale of soya pieces - which was distributed to 240 families Alhamdulilah!
And finally, our team in Somalia has been increasing COVID awareness through community projects & has also been distributing hygiene packs to keep people safe.

If you'd like to see more of the work we've been up to around the globe, then do check out our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

May Allah (swt) reward you all for your support and mercy, our work is only possible through your du'as and donations! Please keep us in your prayers!


Muslim Hands UK

Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an aid agency and NGO helping those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster in over 20 countries worldwide.