Tune in to Penny Appeal on Unity FM
2nd August, 2012
Following the success of last year's Ramadan radio show, Penny Appeal will return to Unity FM, Birmingham's local Muslim radio station, not once but twice!
Charity Champion, Na'eem Raza, will again take the helm as Penny Appeal takes to the airwaves on Sunday 5th and Saturday 11th August. The Ramadan radio shows will be on air from 5pm until midnight on both days.
You can join Penny Appeal by tuning in to 93.5FM (or listen online) where Na'eem Raza will be discussing a range of topics and raising money for the charity's Feed Our World appeal.
Feed Our World is a global feeding programme initiated by Penny Appeal, which brings together individuals and communities in raising funds for the world's most needy as well as uniting ten charities in delivering this aid to crisis-hit countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Penny Appeal Chairman Adeem Younis commented: "Na'eem Raza did a great job of hosting our Ramadan show last year and we are delighted that he is on our team once again.
"This Ramadan we are aiming to feed a minimum of 10,000 orphaned children and displaced families through our Feed Our World campaign, and we are sure that with Na'eem's help we can reach many more people in desperate need."
Unity FM is a non-profit making community radio station, which is also broadcast live via the internet at www.unityfm.net.
Further information on Feed Our World can be found at pennyappeal.org/appeal/feed-our-world.
Feeding Our World this Ramadan
10th July, 2012
Penny Appeal has launched Feed Our World, a global campaign which unites ten aid organisations with the aim of providing meals for at least 10,000 orphans and displaced families in ten countries during the last ten days of Ramadan 2012.
The programme will kick off on Saturday 11th August in Syria and continues for ten consecutive evenings, ending in Afghanistan on Monday 20th August.
The Feed Our World campaign will provide food to orphans and displaced families in Niger, Mali, Sudan, Somalia, Palestine, Syria, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir. All are internationally recognised victims of war, displacement, famine, natural disasters and high infant mortality rates.
The meals will be delivered by Penny Appeal's nine charity partners: African Development Trust (ADT), Al-Hijrah Trust UK, Al-Mustafa Trust International (ATI), Human Appeal International, Islamic Help, Muslim Aid, Muslim Hands, Orphans in Need and Read Foundation.
Penny Appeal has been encouraging the involvement of schools, mosques and community organisations, who have been distributing booklets of meal tickets in aid of Feed Our World. Each ticket costs just £10 and will provide 10 meals to those who need them most. There are 30 tickets in each booklet, representing the 30 days of Ramadan.
Rizwan Khaliq, Penny Appeal's Chief Executive Officer, commented: "This is a unique and exciting campaign which focuses on feeding victims of extreme poverty in countries facing conflict and unimaginable hardships.
"Many individuals, mosques and organisations have come together to promote our Feed Our World meal tickets, and I am delighted that we have also secured the support of ten established and internationally recognised charities who will spread some hope this Ramadan by ensuring that the funds raised by the campaign will provide meals to the needy."
To donate to the Feed Our World campaign, please visit pennyappeal.org or telephone 01924 231 088. Please note that this campaign is Zakat-applicable.
Our family grows at Mera Apna Ghar!
22nd June, 2012
Mera Apna Ghar (My Own Home), the Penny Appeal-funded orphanage in Sohawa, Pakistan, is expanding! On opening in January of this year, it was home to just six children. Now, six months later, the Mera Apna Ghar family boasts 16 children aged 4 to 14.
There are 12 girls and 4 boys divided over two residences within the home, each with its own house mother. The home employs two house mothers, a security guard/chaperone, a private tutor and a cleaner. The house mothers' role is to support the children in their daily lives: teaching valuable life skills and providing the care and affection that the children would have received from their own mothers.
All of the children attend school, although some children are starting late as they had no access to formal education before moving to Mera Apna Ghar.
Habib Nawaz, Penny Appeal's project manager in Pakistan, commented: "There are 16 children at Mera Apna Ghar now and I can see a remarkable change in them in such a short period of time. I didn't expect that so quickly as the orphanage is so different to where these children came from. They have settled in well, made friends and have a positive and joyful outlook on life.
"All of the children here are receiving a good quality education and now they can afford to dream of excelling in every walk of life. They are the future doctors, pilots, engineers and teachers. Penny Appeal will stand by these children and, eventually, fully prepare them for life after Mera Apna Ghar."
Penny Appeal chairman, Adeem Younis, visited the orphanage in April and was delighted with the homely environment provided for the children. He commented: "It was an emotional visit for me. I have always wanted to be able to help orphaned children in this way and Mera Apna Ghar is really a dream come true. The children are amazing and are adapting well to their new environment and way of life. It was a pleasure to spend time with them and the staff.
"Mera Apna Ghar is able to provide these children with opportunities that, before, they could only have dreamed of. The house mothers carry out parental duties, becoming the best substitutes for parents that they can be. We are sure that the staff there will prove to be good role models for the children. The home still has room for further expansion and we look forward to our "family" growing further!"
PARTNERSHIP WITH PLAN UK ENSURES PROTECTION FOR HAITI'S CHILDREN
30th May, 2012
Penny Appeal is delighted to announce its partnership with Plan UK in a project to protect the children of Haiti, many of whom were orphaned and displaced following the Haiti earthquake in January 2010.
Plan is a global children's charity that has been working for 75 years with children in the world's poorest countries to help them build a better future. The charity aims to help every child fulfil their potential through providing access to safe drinking water and education, and enabling families to earn a living and plan for their children's future.
Before the earthquake struck, Haiti was already the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Over half of the country had no access to clean water and half of all Haitian children did not attend school.
The 7.3 magnitude earthquake exacerbated an already desperate situation. It affected around three million people; 223,000 died and over 300,000 were injured. Around four thousand schools were damaged or destroyed. Many children were displaced and some lost one or both parents, leaving them vulnerable to psychological trauma, disease, malnutrition, abduction, trafficking, abuse and violence.
Providing a safe environment for children in Haiti is Plan's three-year project, which aims to reduce the risk that these children face from violence. Based in the North East Department of Haiti, it is raising awareness amongst community members and improving child protection systems. The work will benefit 2,340 children aged 0-18 and will ensure that they can grow up safe and protected in their local communities.
Penny Appeal Chairman, Adeem Younis, commented: "Rebuilding Haiti will be a long, slow process and we are delighted that we are able to support a sustainable project that lays down a good foundation for the future of children in Haiti.
"We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with Plan. The charity's accountability practices ensure that we – and therefore our donors – will be kept up-to-date on the progress of this worthwhile project and we look forward to seeing it succeed. In addition, match-funding from the European Commission has ensured that the funds raised by our donors can provide even more help to the children of Haiti."
Penny Appeal appoints new Chief Executive Officer
23rd May, 2012
Penny Appeal is excited to announce the appointment of Mr Rizwan Khaliq as Chief Executive Officer, with effect from May 2012.
Established in 2009, Penny Appeal works to relieve poverty around the world and to provide orphaned or destitute children with an education that secures their future. To date, the charity has provided education for more than 100 children, supported relief efforts following the Kashmir and Haiti earthquakes and the Pakistan floods, and has recently opened its first orphanage.
Mr Khaliq joins the UK-based charity with a remit to instigate and deliver new fundraising campaigns and projects, and to develop new partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders in the UK and overseas.
Mr Khaliq has extensive experience and is well connected in the charity sector. He has previously managed several projects that have made a genuine difference to the lives of people around the world. Formerly CEO of the IF charity, he was responsible for its flagship campaign, Gaza 100, which set a new Guinness World Record and raised £140,000 to fund trauma projects delivered by Save the Children.
Mr Khaliq will be building on these experiences to drive Penny Appeal's growth and impact. The charity's Chairman, Adeem Younis, said: "I am delighted to confirm that Rizwan Khaliq has taken up his role as Chief Executive Officer. His appointment marks an important milestone for Penny Appeal and demonstrates that, not only do we have confidence in our ability to deliver projects around the world, but that we have huge ambitions for the future.
"Rizwan believes in our vision of making charitable giving affordable. He will play a major role in taking the charity to the next level, and I know that we will benefit greatly from his knowledge, skills and experiences. In turn, we will be able to help more victims of natural disasters, support more orphans in need of food and education, and give hope to the families who need it most."
Mr Khaliq said: "I would like to thank the Chairman and Board of Trustees for making me their CEO. Penny Appeal is definitely something special. We have a young, dynamic and energy-rich team here with a 'seize the day, fear nothing' attitude. This all bodes well for Penny Appeal and its development. Exciting times lie ahead!"
Mr Khaliq's first major project for Penny Appeal will be to deliver the charity's 2012 Ramadan campaign, Feed Our World, which aims to feed a minimum of 10,000 orphaned children and displaced families in ten crisis-hit countries during the last ten days of Ramadhan.
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