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Al-Miqdam reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No meal eaten by one of you is better than the meal he eats from the work of his own hands”
Global extreme poverty is expected to rise in 2020 for the first time in over 20 years as the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic compounds the forces of conflict and climate change, which were already slowing poverty reduction progress. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, project that an additional 88 million to 115 million people will be pushed into extreme poverty, bringing the total to between 703 and 729 million.
“I was in receipt of zakat a few years ago and today I pay zakat and help others so that they can earn a living” (Beneficiary)
All our livelihood projects place the individual needs and circumstances of our beneficiaries at the centre of our work, and range from vocational training in handicraft centres to the construction of water wells, to the distribution of rickshaws and wheelchairs to those who are disabled. Our field offices around the world enable Al-Khair Foundation to conduct comprehensive needs assessments prior to the administration of a project, whilst also facilitating follow-up initiatives to maintain the intended impact.
We believe that by providing our beneficiaries with appropriate support, training and opportunities, we empower them to transform and sustain their own livelihoods for generations to come.
Together we can make a better future for so many people
Highlights of our Livelihood Projects for the year 2020.
This year AKF has introduced a project with a target of 320 beneficiaries. The project directly works with men and women from low-income areas, helping them to build their careers and improve the lives of their families and thus the community. The aim is to provide a 6-month program consisting of basic sewing and computer training to unemployed impoverished youths. In total 320 trainees’ skills were improved on both an educational and economic level.
Located in Hargeisa District, Al-Khair Foundation established a Skills and Vocational Training Project primarily targeted towards women and youth living in Mohamed and Digaale IDP camps. The conditions in these camps are ones of extreme poverty, therefore, leaving them with limited prospects and unable to obtain even the most basic of needs such as shelter and healthcare. The families, usually consisting of six people, live off odd jobs, and have barely enough income. Many of them have the training and skills to be able to provide for themselves and their families.
The objective of this project is to help women and youth gain employable skills as well as business skills. Thus, enabling them to enhance their chances at employment and improve the livelihood of families in the IDP camps. The project entailed cookery classes, electronics classes as well as several others.
At Al-Khair Foundation we work in difficult environments to improve the lives of people that have often lost hope in a future.
Kenya’s ratio of youth to the population stands at 29%, above the world’s average of 15.8% and 19.2% for Africa. Many young girls in Nairobi are socially and economically vulnerable due to a lack of sufficient education. They lack practical and vocational training skills for employment, hindering the women from reaching their potential and impedes them in providing for themselves and their families. AKF supported Ayesha Siddiqa Vocational Training Centre, the project aims to offer a 2-year tailoring course for young women.
Case Study: “I didn’t believe that I would be able to make wedding and ceremony cakes. It was one of the skills I really wanted to learn. Fortunately, I got the opportunity to attend a cookery class in WORDA training center, which is supported by Al-Khair Foundation. While learning cookery, I gained wonderful skills that helped me achieve my goal. After three months, my knowledge and skills are improving and today I’m very happy as I achieved my goal. I am a mother of three children, and I established a cake business in my home. I make cakes for weddings and other ceremonies that happen in my village. I get income which allows me to support my family and I also make small savings to promote my business. Thank you Al-Khair Foundation.” (Fardus)
All our humanitarian efforts only become possible when you generously give Zakat, Sadaqah, and Lillah donations, especially during the holy the month of Ramadan.