One evening in 1991, during a casual dinner gathering of a small group of friends discussed about forming a charity to help the under privileged children. As the discussions progressed it was strongly agreed that most charities just feed the poor families and that a long term strategy of self sufficiency should be introduced and the best way forward was to emphasise on the importance of education. Soon after Muslim Care was born.
Amongst the founder members were Mr Munir Diwan ( Chairman ) and Mr Mahmood Ahmed, it was suggested by Mr. Ahmed to Use the empty property at 206-208 Brick Lane which he had very recently refurbished as a base for Muslim Care to use the shop and the basement to generate revenue for the Charity at no cost. This generous offer was accepted and for the next 12 years Muslim Care occupied the shop and basement. The shop was opened as a charity shop, a relatively a new concept at the time selling mainly clothes which were all donated by generous local businesses. Eventually due to change in circumstances the property was bought by Muslim Care.
Later the trustees felt that it would benefit the charity more if the shop was partitioned and made into two shops and let out. Eventually the basement was also let out, Alhamdulillah the rental income from the basement and two shops has also helped fund various projects starting in 1992 Building a Girls High School in Dhaka, providing Science Education Facilities for Madrasa High School in Bardoli Gujrat India providing a new Science Laboratory for 700 students. Built a school in Fatehpur India. Muslim Care carried on to provide education facilities in Jammu & Kashmir and Sri Lanka. Apart from many other projects Muslim Care fully funded UJALA SCHOOL which is a Muslim Care’s “Flagship School” in Sohawa Pakistan, Muslim Care sponsored a lecture hall for Namal College Pakistan and new school was built in Garissa Kenya. Recently Muslim Care is Supporting a Fish Farming Project in Nguluni a small town in Kenya where the income from selling the harvested fish will make the centre more self sufficient where the new revertees will be trained for skills like plumbing and carpentry . These are just a few projects from a long list.
Muslim care is a small charity which is run entirely voluntarily by business men and professionals who sincerely devote and contribute their time purely to Please Allah and hope through their efforts humanity can profit, more over it operates on almost no expenses thanks to the Chairman who provides a rent free office in his building allowing full 100% donation to reach the rightful recipient and it is with pride that Muslim Care has with support from its friends and regular donors been able to help so many children and poor people in their hour of need. While this charity was founded for the promotion of Education, Muslim Care has always been in the fore front when a disaster strikes for humanitarian needs.
The Chairman, the trustees and all volunteers express their gratitude to all the friends, supporters and donors for the encouragement which enables Muslim Care to strive further and continue to help those who can’t help themselves.