The Maldivian Community Foundation (MCF) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation registered at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment of the Maldives (reg. no. CR/158/2019), and registered as a tax exempt organisation at the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority. Its mission is to enable individuals, communities and partners to sustainably administer their charitable and philanthropic aspirations. It does this through the management of donated funds and disbursement of grants, scholarships and financial aid.
We aim to follow the well-established community foundation model, tweaking it to the Maldivian context, and thereby positioning ourselves as the premier fundraising and grant making organisation in the country. We plan to provide tools and instruments for the Maldivian community to partake in perpetual charity (sadagah jariyah) and philanthropy, and support the non-governmental sector by providing grants and technical assistance. We would also be working closely with the government and national development partners to strengthen the governance and accountability of the non-profit sector.
The Israeli military escalated attacks on the people of Palestine in Gaza from 10 to 21 May 2021, during the month of Ramadan. By the end of the conflict the Palestine people and infrastructure of Gaza had suffered immense loss and damage.
According to Wikipedia, 256 Palestinians had been killed, including 66 children and 40 women. Almost 2,000 wounded of whom over 600 were children, and 400 women. Four of the killed women were pregnant. The Israeli strikes had targeted multiple individual family dwellings, causing multiple deaths among members of the 15 families living there. Other reports set set the number of entire families killed at 20.
According to a post-ceasefire estimate; 1,042 housing and commercial units, spread over 258 buildings, were destroyed 769 further units suffered severe damage. 53 schools were damaged 6 hospitals and 11 clinics were damaged
According to Reuters, the 10 day conflict caused $40 million in damage to factories and the Gaza strip’s industrial zone and other industrial facilities, in addition to $22 million in damage to the energy sector. Gaza’s agriculture ministry estimated around $27 million in damage that included greenhouses, agricultural lands and poultry farms.
In the aftermath of the conflict, the people of the Maldives rallied to provide support to the rebuilding and recovery process. As part of this initiative, and in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we gave a donation of MVR 25000.00 to the Palestine support fund of the International Aid Campaign (IAC).
May Allah bless our donors for this contribution to the Palestine brethren.
The S. Hithadhoo residents near the flats area did not have easy access to a mosque. This led to many difficulties. They could not hear the Maqrib prayer so was unsure if they could break their fasts. Attending the prayer in congregation also was difficult.
Therefore the Jamiyyathul Ulamaa and Noorul Islam NGO initiated a project to build a temporary mosque in the area. The mosque would cater to a population of around 3000 people.
We supported the project with a donation of MVR 5000.00
During the last week of Ramadan we supported MOMS NGO to distribute essential supplies to 10 vulnerable families including 48 children. We supported this activity through a Grant. We are happy that the work was completed during the blessed month of Ramadan. The activity was part of their “Help a Family this Ramadan” campaign. Five packages were distributed to families in Male’ and five to families in the Atolls.
May Allah bless our donors for this Sadaqah on their behalf.
The MCF Ramazan Art Contest 2021 was run during the month of Ramazan 1442 with the intention of creating an interest in the Quran and to enable children to do an interesting activity with their parents. Participants had to submit a poster or artwork on the topic of “The importance of giving Sadaqah in Islam and it’s rewards”. Each poster had to have a Verse from the Quran related to the topic with the Dhivehi translation.
A total of 42 entries were received for the contest with a grand total of 5144 Likes to the entries on our Facebook Page.
It is our hope that the Entrants, their families and supporters learned about the importance given to giving charity on a regular basis in Islam and also the immeasurable rewards that are promised by God for those who spend their wealth for the benefit of others.
The Winners of the contest were selected through a lucky draw with each Entry getting one Lot and each 10 Likes to the Entry getting an additional Lot in the draw. We are grateful to our sponsors Tea Tree Pvt Ltdand Ainie’s Wall Decorfor their contributions towards sponsoring the Prizes. The winning Entrants would get gift vouchers that can be redeemed at Children’s Choice, Majeedhee Magu.
Warm congratulations for all the winning Entrants. And a special thank you to all the parents for your support to the children who participated in the contest. We hope that it was a fun learning experience for everyone involved.
Alhamdulillah. Our first Waqf Fund has been established as a General Investment Account of the Maldives Islamic Bank. The principal invested amount in the Waqf Fund will remain invested and the profits from the investment will be used to provide aid and assistance to those in need and for other activities of the Maldivian Community Foundation. Since the principal amount will always be re-invested, the Waqf fund will be a source of Sadagah for the donors in continuity.
This Waqf fund has been established with 50% of the donations of 37 individual donors and 3 Legacy Funds that have been established by families in the name of their loved ones who have passed away.
Abu Mas’ud reported: A man came with a bridled camel and he said, “This is in the way of Allah.” The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “You will have for it seven hundred camels on the Day of Resurrection; each of them will be bridled.” (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)
While the average person may not have the means to give Sadagah in large quantities or establish large Waqf funds, our combined efforts can create a source of benefit and reward for our Hereafter, In Sha Allah.
Narrated Abu Huraira: A man came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and asked, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Which charity is the most superior in reward?” He (ﷺ) replied, “The charity which you practice while you are healthy, niggardly and afraid of poverty and wish to become wealthy. Do not delay it to the time of approaching death and then say, ‘Give so much to such and such, and so much to such and such.’ And it has already belonged to such and such (as it is too late).” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
May Allah enable us to practice charity regularly and reward us for our efforts.
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