Ist Vice President of Lajna Imaillah Dr. Fatima Eshun (left) presenting items to Senior Social Worker of Chance for Children Mr. Zakari Alhassan (right).
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Wing (Lajna Imaillah) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission celebrated the Edi-Ul-Fitr festival with street children at Chance for Children, an organization dedicated to providing safe space for the welfare of street children. Items worth over 10,000 cedis were donated to the management of the center.
Members of Lajna Imaillah, on the 24th of April, visited Chance for Children at Hebron near Medie in the Greater Accra region to mark the end of the Ramandan Fast and also as part of its ongoing Centenary celebrations. The delegation donated assorted food items and drinks to support the children at the center.
First Vice of Lajna Imaillah, Dr. Fatima Eshun who represented the National President of the Association, Hajia Anisa Nasirudeen Iddrissu in her remarks, said it is incumbent upon Muslims to share what they have with the needy. She quoted from the Holy Quran chapter 2 verse 216 where Allah Almighty says, “They ask thee what they shall spend.
Say: ‘Whatever good and abundant wealth you spend should be for parents and near relatives and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer. And whatever good you do, surely Allah knows it well”. She added that, as Muslims, we cannot be best if we do not spend on the needy as required of us by Allah. The members of Lajna Imaillah have been donating to various orphanage homes, hospitals, among others. The organization hopes that there will be no child on the street, and all children will be well taken care of by their families, Insha Allah.
The National Welfare Secretary of the organization in the person of Hajia Mariam Osman also said that the organization is noted for its benevolent activities through humanity first which is an NGO within the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community that supports various people and communities with various needs. The organization believes in love for all and hatred for none and so extends its help to everyone in need.
Members of the delegation also interacted with the street children and shared some pieces of advice with them. They were encouraged to be God-fearing and obey their guardians, be disciplined, love one another, do away with all forms of vices, be humble and respectful, and learn hard so that they can become good citizens in the future.
Mr. Zakari Alhassan, who is the Senior Social Worker of Chance for Children expressed his gratitude to Lajna Imaillah adding that, it is the first time a Muslim organization has extended a hand to them. He continued that the organization was established in 1999 by one Ghanaian called Amon Kortey and later on a Swiss by the name of Daniella Sodjah joined him to take care of street children. They have a walk-in center where the street children go to have their bath and get a warm meal, some education, and training is also provided for them. They currently have 65 children who are all attending school and they take care of all their expenses. He continued that they need more people to support them so that they can continue to take care of these children, whom they eventually unite with their families.
Dr. Fatima Eshun commended their efforts adding that they are doing what all believers are supposed to be doing. She prayed that the Almighty Allah continue to open more doors for them so that they can continue to support these street children.
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