$440,200 Collected for Aid of Refugees Fleeing Bangladesh & Survivors of South Asia Flood



25 October 2017
 
RLAF, in collaboration with all 70 mosques in Singapore raised a total amount of SGD $440,200 for survivors of the South Asia flood and refugees fleeing from Rakhine State to Bangladesh in September 2017.

 

REFUGEES FLEEING TO BANGLADESH

The total collection from the community, including contributions from partner organisations amounts to SGD $345,000 for refugees fleeing to Bangladesh. This amount will be handed to UNHCR to be spent on life saving and core relief items as well as education, psycho-social and health needs of the affected refugees.This is especially critical as the more than 50% of the over 500,000 refugees are said to be the very vulnerable children, women and the elderly. 

To date UNHCR has reported over 603,000 refugees had made their way to the camps in Bangladesh and is the fastest-growing refugee crisis.

 

SURVIVORS OF SOUTH ASIA FLOOD

Additionally, SGD $95,200 will be channeled to Mercy Relief for victims of the South Asia floods who will provide immediate and essential life-saving relief and aid in the form of food, clean water, medicine, hygiene kits and basic necessities. The affected countries, Bangladesh, India and Nepal have put the death toll at more than 1,200. The floods are a result of heavy rains that coincided with the annual monsoon season. 

We sincerely thank all those who have donated to these worthy causes. These fundraising efforts represents the Singapore community commitment as well as the pledge of our partners to ease the suffering of the affected communities.

 

For media coverage : https://berita.mediacorp.sg/mobilem/singapore/rlaf-hulurkan-lebih-s-440-000-bantu-pelarian-rohingya-mangsa/3863702.html


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Youth Activists Discussed on Sustainability & Impact



22 October 2017
 
In conjunction with RLA Day 2017, we held our 9th #weareyouthactivists meet. We spoke about Sustainability and Impact, and discussed at length on the struggles of burnout, lack of resources and meeting the needs of those in need.

Care Positioning System shared that sustainability has 3 key factors : Resources, Manpower and Planning. While they are correlated, one requires time to make it work. Literacy Initiative For Equity - LIFE SG and Majulah Community shared their efforts in serving the underprivileged children in Jalan Kayu and developing Madrasah students.

Minister Yaacob Ibrahim and MP Vikram Nair further value-added the discussion by sharing their ground experiences.

Thank you everyone for being there on a super early Sunday morning. If you feel fulfilled, that is largely due to your willingness to be part of the grind. Till next time!

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RLA Day 2017 : Building Cohesive Communities - Together

22 October 2017
 
Today, we celebrate RLA Day 2017. About 300 people came to Masjid Yusof Ishak as this 12th annual tradition brings various communities, the youth, volunteer organisations as well as grassroots and mosque activists to come together for a cause.

The Harmony Walk saw participants carried bags of groceries for distribution to the poor and needy families residing at Champions Way. About 100 food hampers were distributed, an initiative to connect the mosque, volunteers and nearby residents to assist and befriend the less fortunate.

Post walk, our participants and partners hosted residents from the Bukit Batok Home for the Aged, Ren Ci Nursing Home, Sun Love Marsiling Neighbourhood Link, Pertapis Children Home, Thye Hua Kwan Moral Welfare Home and Ain Society to a breakfast reception.
Guest-of-Honour and Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs Dr Yaacob Ibrahim commented that he is thankful for effort the Foundation has done to ensure sustainability of the Blessing-to All movement.

He further commended the effort that the Foundation undertook to build capacities of youths in the areas of humanitarian and community development work. He was happy to see youths from different backgrounds coming together and learning from each other today at the ‘We Are Youth Activist' Sharing Session, which was held concurrently at the mosque.

For the media coverage by Mediacorp : https://www.facebook.com/beritamediacorp/videos/1769701476376387/?hc_ref=ARRhXTfMCVEmP7JqEoHusJu833a-t6FxM7D4nkmyI8xdgogwENbmp1rFQqiuKkTlBvs

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$193,000 Collected for Survivors of the Yemen Humanitarian Crisis



18 September 2017
 
We are happy to report that the Singapore community has contributed a sum of SGD $193,000 for the survivors of the Yemeni conflict. 

The funds collected at all 70 mosques in Singapore and online (from 29 Jul - 3 Aug 2017) will go to the UNHCR “Live Saving Assistance Programme” which will benefit nearly 6000 refugees and internally displaced Yemenis, more than half of whom are women and children. 

The programme includes providing emergency shelters, basic living necessities, clean water and solar lamps. It also include community outreach for cholera prevention and pyscho-social support for children and adults to overcome the trauma experience in the ongoing conflict.

This fundraising effort represents our connectedness in wanting to ease the sufferings of the affected communities and families. Thank you, Singapore.

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8 September 2017

We are organising a special fund raising effort in aid of the victims of the floods that have befallen the people of South Asia.In collaboration with all mosques in Singapore, we are concurrently fundraising to aid communities who have been forced to flee from their homes in the Rakhine State of Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh for safety and security. The special collection starts on Sat 9 Sep til Fri 15 Sep 2017.

HOW TO DONATE

#1 - Donations can be made online via https://zakat.sg/ePayment/donations.aspx during the stated period 

#2 - Cash and cheques can be made payable to “RLAF” with the words “In Aid of the Refugees Fleeing to Bangladesh” to RLAF Office at 4th Floor, Masjid Yusof Ishak, 10 Woodlands Drive 17, Singapore 737740

#3 - You can also donate at all mosques in Singapore via dedicated donation boxes marked “In Aid of the Refugees Fleeing to Bangladesh” on Friday, 15 September 2017.
 
PARTNERSHIP WITH UNHCR


The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has reported over 140,000 people from the state had braved the seas and the forest in the region to reach the camps hosting the refugees in neighboring Bangladesh. A significant number comprise women and children.

We will be working with UNHCR to assist the refugees with life-saving assistance such as food, shelter, water, medication, clothing and other basic necessities. They are currently on the ground delivering similar assistance to the current refugee population at the camps. Many thousands more are expected to arrive in the coming days. We pray that the affected refugees fleeing to Bangladesh will be given shelter and safety in this very difficult time. 

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6 September 2017
 
We are organising a special fund raising effort in aid of the victims of the floods that have befallen the people of South Asia.

The affected countries, Bangladesh, India and Nepal have put the death toll at more than 1,200. According to humanitarian relief agency the Red Cross, many villages are now only accessible by boat and its citizens are running out of food supplies.

HOW TO DONATE

#1 - Donation boxes will be placed at all 71 mosques beginning Friday, 8 September to Thursday, 14 September 2017. All boxes will be marked “Special Collection in Aid of Victims of South Asia Floods”

#2 - You can contribute online via https://zakat.sg/ePayment/donations.aspx 

#3 - You can offer your donation in cash or by cheque. All cheques should be made payable to “RLAF” with the words “Special Collection in Aid of Victims of South Asia Floods” written on the back. Cash and cheques can be delivered to RLAF at our office - Level 4, Masjid Yusof Ishak, 10 Woodlands Drive 17, Singapore 737740.

PARTNERSHIP WITH MERCY RELIEF

Funds collected will be handed over to Mercy Relief and they will provide immediate life-saving relief and aid in the form of food, clean water, medicine and basic necessities. We pray that the people of South Asia affected by the floods will be given the strength and resilience to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the floods. 

 



Wishing all Muslims a joyous eid. Minal A'idin Wal Faizin.

 



RLAF Grant Application Window Is Open!


1 August 2017

The RLAF Grant application is now open until 8 September 2017. If you have local or overseas humanitarian and development projects in mind for December 2017 onwards, apply via http://www.rlafoundation.org.sg/Get-a-Grant

Projects are to be held at least 3 months from the date of submission. Local projects can receive support up to $20,000. Overseas projects up to $40,000.

 


                     

27 July 2017

RLA Foundation Singapore will organise a special fundraising effort in aid of the affected victims. Donation boxes will be placed at all 71 mosques on Friday 28 July 2017 (Friday prayers) until Thursday 3 August 2017. All boxes will be marked “Humanitarian Relief for People of Yemen”. 

Members of the public can also offer their donations in cash, cheque or online. Cheques should be made payable to “RLAF” with the words “Humanitarian Relief for People of Yemen” written on the back. Cash and cheques can be delivered to the following:

RLAF Office 
Masjid Yusof Ishak, Level 4 
10 Woodlands Drive 17 
Singapore 737740

or 

RLAF
Singapore Islamic Hub, 
273 Braddell Road 
Singapore 579702

Online donations can also be made at the Muis website https://zakat.sg/ePayment/donations.aspx.
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We would like to express our deepest condolences to victims of the humanitarian crisis that has befallen the people of Yemen. We share their grief and the loss of their loved ones and pray that they may be given the strength.

Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East. The two-year old conflict has severely compounded needs arising from long years of poverty and insecurity. The worsening insecurity and violence has disrupted millions of lives, resulting in widespread casualties and massive displacement, and the situation is rapidly deteriorating. 

Those forced to flee their homes are especially at risk. Over 2 million displaced people still languish in desperate conditions, away from home and deprived of basic needs and in acute need of lifesaving support. Most have lost their livelihoods and have sought shelter with relatives and friends, in schools, public and abandoned buildings, makeshift shelters, or in the open with little to no protection. To further compound the situation, the incidence advent of cholera in the region has caused many to perish as it claims a high number of victims not seen before in any other parts of the world. 

We will collaborate with the United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in determining the best use for the funds collected. Our primary focus would be to provide for emergency assistance and hope for the children trapped in the crisis. 

This fundraising effort represents our small contribution to ease the sufferings of the affected victims and families.



Singapore Community Collected $342,000
And Deliver Ramadan Joy to Syrian Refugees

23 May 2017

We are happy to report that more than S$342,000 contributed by the Singapore community through a week long fund raising in February at all the mosques in Singapore as well as online, has been able to bring some joy to communities of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon as the holy month of Ramadan approaches. RLAF decided to focus on the refugees in the countries as they are hosting more than a million refugees each despite the strains in resources of the nations.

The RLAF has been able to do this by working, for the first time, with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) that is on the ground in Jordan and Lebanon delivering assistance to the refugees. The help from RLAF comes in the form of supply of gas for the refugees in the Al-Azraq camps in Jordan. This helps to keep over 35,000 refugees warm, safe and able to meet their daily living needs to survive the harsh winter. In addition, more than half of the funds go into providing educational outreach programmes for young Syrian children, parent engagement programme to ensure their children stay and progress in the schools complemented by a community liaison and homework support programmes. This programme which helps to inject hope and confidence in the children and their families will continue for 12 more months and expected to benefit close to 2000 children.

Two RLAF representatives namely Mr Zainul Abidin Ibrahim, Executive Director of the RLAF and Mr Izhar Roslan, Senior Manager for Capabilities Development recently accompanied the UNHCR team in Jordan and Lebanon as part of RLAF’s project monitoring visit. During the visit from 14 to 16 May 2017, they were able to meet with the project organisers, partners, volunteers as well as engage the refugees who have been touched by the assistance from RLAF.

Mr Zainul Abidin Ibrahim said: “It was truly a humbling experience to see and interact with the refugees and their families who have survived with very little for years into the conflict. Yet, they have shown resilience and managed to stay positive and hopeful through it all. Those whom we met showed dignity and respectful despite their very difficult circumstances. They were extremely thankful and touched by the fact that we would care about them despite being far removed from the problem. Most of all, it’s the happy faces of the children that gave us a good feeling of the better future that awaits them.”

For the media report, click http://berita.mediacorp.sg/mobilem/singapore/masyarakat-islam-s-pura-berjaya-kumpul-s-342-000-bagi-bawa/3721572.html


RLAF Grant Application Is Now Open!

1 May 2017

The RLAF Grant application is now open until 31 May 2017. If you have local or overseas humanitarian and development projects in mind for September 2017 onwards, we are here to support.

Projects are to be held at least 3 months from the date of submission. Local projects can receive support up to $20,000. Overseas projects up to $40,000.

Apply now.


Singapore Community Extends Winter Aid
& Educational Opportunities to Syrian Refugees

29 March 2017

We are pleased to report that the Singapore community are contributing a total of S$342,569 in aid of Syrian refugees living in the refugee camps and dwellings located in Jordan and Lebanon.

For this initiative, RLAF is collaborating with the UNHCR that is on the ground in Jordan and Lebanon. US$100,000 of the collection will enable the UNHCR to extend the provision of much needed supply of gas to Syrian refugees in Al-Azraq camp in Jordan to keep them warm, safe and enable them to go on with their daily living needs to survive the winter.

The remaining fund of US$132,600 will be used to support UNHCR’s Outreach Educational programme, Parent Engagement and Homework Support programmes to ensure access of education for the Syrian children in many different locations in Lebanon.

Through this assistance parents will also be empowered to assist in the learning process. We hope the children will be able to discover the joy of learning and find new confidence after the ordeal they face as refugees.

The RLAF and mosques in Singapore wish to express our sincere thanks to the Singapore community who had so generously contributed to the fund.

Check out the article published in The Straits Times on 26 March http://www.straitstimes.com/…/singapore-muslim-community-ex


Special Winter Collection in Aid of Syrian Refugees 2017

2 February 2017

The Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF) in collaboration with all 70 mosques in Singapore organised a special fund raising effort to offer winter relief for Syrian refugees starting Friday, 3rd February to Thursday, 9th February 2017. In this effort to show that Singaporeans care about the plight of the Syrian refugees, the RLAF is working with the United Nations High Commission  for Refugees (UNHCR) that is currently on the ground in Jordan and Lebanon to assist with the delivery of the Winter Assistance Plan as well as education programmes for Syrian children there.

The Syrian internal conflict and war which has gone on for nearly six years has inflicted a heavy toll on its population. More than four million Syrians have fled the country and sought refuge in foreign lands such as Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt. Currently more are heading for Europe. According to the UNHCR, more than half of them are children. Jordan alone is hosting 650,000. The high concentration of refugees in the country has placed a tremendous strain on the resources of the nations which are also struggling to meet the demands of its own population. Our hearts are with the refugees and the nations that has so kindly accepted to host them.

In 2014, the RLAF and mosques in Singapore had raised more than $400,000 through two collections for the Syrian refugees. The funds collected were used to hand out cooked food, household rations to over 4000 Syrian families, school packs for young children in three schools for Syrian refugees in Turkey, as well as medical kits for clinics treating injured and disabled refugees.

More significantly, RLAF in collaboration with the ASRIT (Aid for Syrian Refugees in Turkey) Project helped establish the Temasek Education Centre in Kilis, Southern Turkey which enrols 500 Syrian students annually from kindergarten to post-secondary levels. The school is still operational today.