Global One is super excited to finally launch Pinspire today!

Global One is super excited to finally launch Pinspire today!

Purchase a pin today to help an orphan girl in Bangladesh secure a brighter future and break away from the cycle of poverty!

Global One is super excited to finally launch Pinspire today!!

Global One is selling Pinspire’s beautiful hand-made hijab pins and shawl broaches!

Pinspire volunteers currently design, make and sell these pins within the local Bangladeshi community. The raised funds enable 26 orphan girls in Bangladesh to receive private tuition ensuring access to quality education. While 60% of money raised facilitates access to educational opportunities, the remaining 40% is fed back into the project for the materials required for pin production – this is therefore self-sustaining and all proceeds directly cover educational fees or are reinvested to maintain the initiative itself.

    

Thanks to Global One’s support, the pins will reach a broader audience and increase the funds raised, in turn accelerating the girls’ access to higher quality education.

Purchase a pin today to help an orphan girl in Bangladesh secure a brighter future and break away from the cycle of poverty!

To purchase a pin please follow the link to Global One’s shop here:
https://shop.globalone.org.uk/gb/

 

       

Emergency Relief Assistance for Rohingyan Refugees

Emergency Relief Assistance for Rohingyan Refugees

This is an urgent appeal to help save thousands of Rohingyan refugees who are currently fleeing their homes in fear of persecution.

The United Nations claim that the Rohingyan Muslim minority group are the most persecuted minority in the world. There are approximately 1.1 million Rohingya people living in Myanmar. Most live in the Rakhine state and have been for decades, but it has not been an easy ride. There has been ethnic tensions between the Muslim Rohingyas and the Budhist Burmese, and many people in Myanmar believe that they are illegal immigrants. The Myanmar government also treats them as stateless people, denying them citizenship. Consequently this restricts thousands of Rohingyan Muslims from accessing basic medical care, education and other services.

The emergency

25th August saw the tensions between the Myanmar government reached crisis point with Rohingya militants. 71 people, including 12 members of the Myanmar security forces, were attacked and killed by Rohingya militants, in the bloodiest attack since conflict broke out last year. Since then the bloodshed has not stopped between both groups; 40 bodies  (probably Rohingya women and children) washed up on a Bangladesh riverbank earlier this month.

Hundreds have been reported dead or missing – many of them young children. Rohingya refugees have reported that they have had their homes burned down. This of course has led 123,000 people to flee their homes and their livelihood in search of refuge in the neighboring state of Bangladesh, according to the UN. Hundreds have drowned in attempts to cross the Naf river. Those who have made it to the border are having to walk for days, hiding in jungles, crossing mountains and river to reach the camps. Hence, there are hundreds of vulnerable people without food and life-saving medicine. Those who have found refuge in camps are still lacking basic provisions, as many camps are full and unable to provide the needed supplies.

Our impact in the Rohingyan crisis

 rohingyanGlobal One is one of the few international agencies that have permission to operate on ground,  and coordinates the emergency response with the International Organisation of Migration.

Earlier in 2017, Global One Country Office in Bangladesh distributed food packages to approximately 20 000 distressed Rohingyas living in Letha makeshift settlement in Teknaf, Nayapara, Kutupulong and Balukhali in Cox’s Bazar. We believe with our current knowledge and access we can really make a difference.

This is why we need your urgent help – thousands of young children are malnourished! By simply donating £10, you will help provide essential survival items, such as basic food, water purification sachets, medicines and hygiene equipment. Your kind donation will provide a family of 5 the basic necessities to survive! Here is a list of some of the supplies we will be distributing:

  • Food and water supplies lasting at least a month (rice, flour, oil, lentil, sugar, potatoes, water purification sachets, pots and pans, etc.)
  • Health and hygiene (doctor’s fees, medicines, water purification sachets, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, menstrual management products, etc.)
  • Clothes and blankets
  • Shelters (tents)

Out of each £10 we fundraise, £8 will go straight towards emergency supplies, and the other £2 we will reinvest in fundraising and managing the project.

Please help us with our appeal! You have the power to make a difference!

On the Frontline of Pakistan’s Polio Eradication: shifting the narrative

On the Frontline of Pakistan’s Polio Eradication: shifting the narrative

Our Asia Programme Manager, Aleena Khan, reports on the unsung heroes fighting for polio eradication in Pakistan in this captivating article for Vaccines Work.

Shifting the Narrative for Women on the Frontline of Pakistan’s Polio Eradication

Tayyuba Gul routinely visits an average of ten households a day in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. As she travels door-to-door, she is escorted by government personnel due to the upsurge in violence against polio workers. She is not only trained to provide the polio vaccine, but also gives advice on other vital issues such as family planning, pregnancy care and child health. As someone who comes from the community, Tayyuba feels a sense of purpose and dedication to her work and the people she serves. She sets an example for young women who need educated, strong, and brave role models within their communities, and it is imperative that unheard stories such as hers are brought to a wider audience.

Tayyubba is just one of the courageous women featured in a photo exhibition by female photojournalist Khaula Jamil, which shares stories of women who risk their lives in the battle to make Pakistan polio free.

Khaula captured these powerful images on assignment for Rotary International in which she followed the journey of Lady Health Workers and female vaccinators across Pakistan. The images depicted not only the vaccines being administered, but also the unique dynamics of Pakistan as a country that has mass movements of people within (and across) its borders.

Read the rest of the article here

 

Faith leaders call for joint action on climate change: ‘We are all stewards of the earth’

Faith leaders call for joint action on climate change: ‘We are all stewards of the earth’

“We really hope to get as many people as possible to commit to at least one action, the whole idea of MCA really is to pull the resources of our organisations to reach out to Muslim communities and make their voices heard, at a higher level, in terms of climate change.” Shannon Green, Operations Coordinator at Global One.

An interfaith network for climate change

An East London interfaith network is encouraging faith-based communities to become ‘stewards of the earth’ and collectively lobby the Government to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

At an interfaith conference, held at the East London Mosque in Whitechapel last week, Rabbi Natan Levy, 42, said:

“We may not share the same vision of heaven all the time, but we have to share the same Earth.”

Imam Muhammed Al Hassan, 35, another speaker at the event, vowed to facilitate the discussion on climate change and called on other faith leaders to do the same:

“If we go to the government and want to lobby or influence, because if the Muslim community, the Jewish Community, the Christian community, the Hindu Community and people of no faith come together for one cause, it will have a bigger impact.”

Read the complete article here

Lest We Forget: My Experience at the Muslim Jewish Conference

It is a part of ancient Jewish tradition to leave a small stone or pebble at a grave. While there are various perspectives on why one leaves a visitation stone, what everyone agrees on is that a stone will never die. Unlike flowers, a stone is permanent, something that signifies more than just a marker of someone’s visit – it signifies permanence of memory.

As we walked through the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp on the fifth day of Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC) 2016 held in Berlin, Germany, we peeled through the historical layers of the camp, hearing about the atrocities prisoners from 42 countries had to undergo between 1936 and 1945.

At Sachsenhausen, forced labor was not a means to make goods, but to break people. Those individuals particularly detested by the Nazi regime; Jews, homosexuals and Polish intellectuals were sent to the worst sections of the camp. This was so that anyone with beliefs or ideas that the establishment considered ‘dangerous’ could have their voices collectively silenced. Here they were subjected to beatings, constant torture and even medical experiments including sterilization and castration among others. The exact number of prisoners who underwent this horrible ordeal is unknown but records show that 107 prisoners had undergone sterilization or castration by May 1941.

Prisoners were dehumanized as soon as they entered the facility, their heads shaved off, making them unrecognizable to even those from their own communities. “How can humans be so cruel to each other, when we are made to live with and love one another?” I thought to myself. These heinous acts were attempts to strip prisoners of their identity, to justify treating them as subhuman.

 

Read more of Aleena’s post here: http://newsweekme.com/lest-forget-experience-muslim-jewish-conference/

Standing As One: GO CEO’s take at the Interfaith Climate Symposium

Standing As One: GO CEO’s take at the Interfaith Climate Symposium

“Only when we think as one humanity can we save this planet,” were the passionate words of Dr Husna Ahmad, CEO of Global One, at the Interfaith Climate Symposium. She stood at the pulpit at St John’s church, Waterloo, raising the hands of Canon Giles and Rabbi Natan high in the air to signify the importance of a shared approach in caring for the earth.

The ‘Faith for Climate’ event, the first meeting of its kind, provided a platform for various multi-faith leaders on the 21st September to collaborate, share ideas and discuss best practice to action on vital environmental challenges, such as climate change. Notable members of the event included Bishop Nicholas, Sir David King, Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Rabbi Natan Levy and George Marshall.

A religious-centred approach to tackling climate change is one that is rarely advocated yet within Islam alone, caring for the environment is embedded within Islamic teachings, making it the responsibility for the 1.6 billion Muslims across the world.

During her speech, Dr Husna exemplified how the Qu’ran places conservation responsibilities on humans, making them the caretakers, khalifas, of the earth. “I am going to place in the earth a khalifa (steward)” [Quran 2:30].

With some of the most impoverished communities around the world being the first to sustain the worst effects of climate change, this clear injustice, if left unresolved, will continue to pollute our atmosphere, damage our ecosystem and threaten the lives of billions of people across the world.

Islam and Climate Change

Through Islamic teachings, Muslims are told repeatedly to respect the earth and care for the environment, as part of their religious duties and obedience to the Creator. The environmentally-conscious behaviour integral to Islam, makes it imperative for Muslims to take an active role in combating climate change. This also includes collaborating with other faiths to promote interfaith dialogue and widen response efforts.

However, a united interfaith movement can only well and truly be adopted if we are willing to stand up for the religious freedoms of our brothers and sisters of other faiths. During the Interfaith Climate Symposium, Dr Husna clearly outlined it in her speech: “I need my brothers here with me – Canon Giles and Rabbi Natan. [I need them] to be my voice, to fight for my right to practice my religion, for my right to wear the hijab and to care for my sons and daughters and granddaughters – as they would care for their own”.

A collaborative approach to tackling climate change would provide a more proficient and effective response to protecting our planet. At the heart of the solution, however, lies a need to stand together as One Humanity.

How can we stand as one if we refuse to dispel religious intolerance, discrimination or prejudice against another? How can we stand as one if we refuse to promote religious freedom? How can we stand as one when we refuse to fight for the rights of our brother and sisters in practising their religion?

Only when we well and truly think as one can we hope to save this planet against any forms of environmental damage!

Read the Interfaith Climate Symposium featured in the NewStatesman here