Our Australian Muslim community has seen many trials in the past three years alone following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic through recessions, lockdowns and isolation.
For many, remaining connected with the concept of a ‘community’ seemed almost far-fetched. Alhamdulillah, here at the National Zakat Foundation (NZF), our team did everything in our capacity with the blessings of Allah to provide the Muslim community with love, support and hope nationwide.
This past year marks another successful cycle of change for us as we shift gears to establish a sustainable support system that empowers Muslims in Australia, beyond emergency aid, using the power of local Zakat. We’ve seen that time and time again, individuals and organisations alike, tried to launch programs in isolation, often with little or no impact.
Due to this, we decided to strengthen our partnerships with notable community organisations and leaders to establish the NZF Community Programs.
Some of these programs include–Healing Forward, a domestic violence prevention and intervention program, Brighter Futures, an orphan care and education program, and Zikkies Thrift Stores which provide quality household and personal items at affordable prices for the community.
These programs have helped real Muslim families, men, women and children who have silently endured poverty, homelessness, debt, domestic violence, mental health issues, Islamophobia, and the disadvantages of being a migrant or refugee and more.