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Bangladesh handpumps 2021

Water Projects


The Prophet (Peace be upon him) was asked “Which is the best form of charity?” He (Peace be upon him) replied “Providing drinking water”. Ibn Majah)
208 water pumps & bore holes have been installed in India (West Bengal) in the last year. Almost 1,400 water pumps have been installed in Bangladesh in the last year.
Did you know 748 Million people in the world don’t have access to safe drinking water? That’s roughly one in ten of the world`s population. Our hand-pumps in Bangladesh and India, are installed in areas where there are sometimes flooding. If the holes are not deep enough then the water quality is often too poor for drinking, so for this reason the holes differ in depth and therefore price.

The Crisis
Water is an essential resource of life, yet millions around the world still don’t have access to clean water. One of the most common causes of death in the developing world is drinking dirty and diseased water. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation causes 80% of diseases and kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
Over 500,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

Our Approach
Caravan of Mercy aims to play an active part in trying to provide safe clean water around the world. We aim to achieve this by installing hand pumps and boreholes in those areas that are most in need. We are also looking to install a purification plant in Ghana.

With your donations we have already installed more than 1000 hand pumps and boreholes in Africa and Asia.

Will You Help?

You can help by donating towards our Drink Safe Water Appeal.

Providing water in is a very good way of offering a Sadaqah Jariyah (continuous charity) as the donor can expect to reap Allah’s blessings for as long as the well supplies water.

Support the water project with your donations.

Caravan of Mercy UK raise funds to install hand pumps in India. These are maintained by our partners MUEWT (Misbar Uloom Education Welfare Trust, West Bengal).
In Ghana and the Gambia we have our own staff and offices who install and maintain pumps. In Bangladesh we have our partner (Mufti Abdul Aziz) to install and maintain the pumps.

 

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India Blanket distribution December 2021

Winter Appeal


When a person is poor and too cold, their health deteriorates and the family now has another burden to deal with.

This will be another difficult winter for many needy Uyghurs, Syrians, Indians and Bangladeshis.

Caravan of Mercy, with your help, will be distributing blankets and food to the poor and needy this winter Inshallah. Give what you can to ease the hardship that this season can bring.

Blankets are approximately £8 each while food packs are approximately £30.

  • Donate whatever amount you wish.
  • Donate whatever amount you wish.
  • Donate whatever amount you wish.
  • Donate whatever amount you wish.
  • Donate whatever amount you wish.
  • Donate whatever amount you wish.
  • Donate whatever amount you wish.
  • Donate whatever amount you wish.
  • Donate whatever amount you wish.

Since the Syrian civil war officially began March 15, 2011, families have suffered under a brutal conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, torn the nation apart, and set back the standard of living by decades.

There are approximately 67,000 Uyghur in Turkey due to the ethnic cleansing which has taken place in China.

In areas of Bangladesh (Sunamganj and Sirajganj) and India (West Bengal) there are many poor and needy families who are ill equipped to face the cold winter months.

With your help, we can make life a little more bearable for these Muslim communities Inshallah.

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Liberia & Ghana trip July 2021 (4)

By Molana Ebrahim Patel (Chairman of COM) July 2021
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله
وبركته

Reached Accra Ghana on Thursday 1st of July at midnight.
Saturday 3rd July. Morning caught a flight to Tamale. Met by br Muhammed Amin of Gonjaland Youth Association with whom COM UK has a JPA .
Set of from tamale at 10 am to the area we were to survey in the town of Kpabusa and surrounding villages and towns Approx 120 km from Tamale. Surveyed 4 different communities before we left for Salaga via tamale at 4pm.
Reached Salaga at 9.30 pm at night.
SUNDAY 4TH JULY. Visited and surveyed another 4 villages and towns . Returned to tamale for maghrib 6.30 pm. Meeting with borehole contractor to finalise prices for each individual installation.
Prices agreed and installation date fixed for installing the boreholes.
Returned to Accra on Monday the 5th. Busy with Com Ghana and Asiga work.
Friday 9th July. Caught flight at 3pm back to tamale for work to start on borehole installation.
Contract signed by contractor and Gonjaland .
Monies transferred to borehole contractor for mobilisation of borehole rig for Saturday 10th July. Hope for an early start around 9 am Inshalla.

Jazakallah khair,
Molana Ebrahim
Caravan of Mercy

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Liberia & Ghana trip June 2021 (3)

By Molana Ebrahim Patel (Chairman of COM) June 2021
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله
وبركته

Saturday 12th. Visited Masjid Issa project which also involved the instillation of a water borehole. Thereafter we travelled to the Caldwell water project. From there we carried on to Bentol town for the Masjid Arif assessment. Bentol town is a journey of approximately 40 km. Roads are very bad. Returned to Markaz at 8 pm.

Sunday 13th. Visited the Masjid Umar project. Discussed the extension of toilets and Ghusl room with contactor.
Water Pump completed but water stand, water tank and  submersible pump needs installation on all 3 water projects. Molana Abdulla, myself and Yusuf the building contractor discussed how to build the stand . If successful, we will build same stands for all projects.

Monday 14th. Started Self Sustaining Projects (business start-ups) form assessment with brother Arif. Started 9:00am till 3.30 pm . Interviewed each potential beneficiary. Returned to Markaz.

Tuesday 15th. Started SSP form assessment with brother Arif. Started 9:00 am till 3.30 pm . Interviewed each potential beneficiary. Completed approximately 140 in 2 days. Remainder called on Wednesday. Returned to Markaz .
3.00pm left for Sakkay town for mosque assessment.
60 km from Markaz reached at 6pm. Village before Sakkay town Niyaang, Qadnias building masjid. Spoke to villages . Qadianis working from 1996. Spoke to villages that Qadianis working in lots of villages in that area. Inshallah will be sending jamaat in that area

Wednesday 16th. 9.am start. Remainder assessment for SSP forms. Done by Zohar.
After Zohar went with Molana Adam to Umar mosque project and wholesalers for water borehole materials.

Thursday 17th. Day stats at 9 am. Br Arif on clothes sorting. I sat in Hifz class with the kids for assessment.
Day finished at 8.30pm. Break for Salaat , food and bathroom. Managed to assess 20 kids. Phoned South Africa and Zambia to see if they will accept any kids in their Madressa. No reply as yet. Looking at ways to start classes for Islamic Maktab for girls. There is hardly any education for girls.

Friday 18th. Day started at 9:00am. Brother Arif did clothing sorting out with 10 lads. I sat with the SSP forms. From 170 forms managed to go over 90 forms which were approved for SSP. Day finished at 11.30 pm. Salaat, food and bathroom breaks only.

Saturday 19th. Started loading pick up truck with clothes for distribution in Sakkay Town at 7:00am. Left Markaz at 9:00am. Normal road blocks and traffic it took us approximately 2 hours to get out of the city. Stopped at wholesaler to buy rice for distribution.
Reached Sakkay Town which is approximately 60 km from Markaz at 12.30pm. Read Zohar Salaat. Met town community leaders. Made Mashwera with brothers how to carry out distribution. Off loaded truck in village square and started distribution after Molana Abdulla handed out tokens. One token given to one family head for whole family. Distribution done among 6 villages. Approximately 1000 people men, ladies and children benefited from this distribution. Mixed clothing given to each family.
Distribution went very well. Finished distribution at 5:00pm. Read Asr Salaaat and thereafter distributed the rice bags. After that took measurements of land for construction of mosque. Brother Arif will get his cousin to sponsor the mosque. Did the foundation digging.
Left Sakkay town at 6.30pm. Reached Markaz at 10pm. Traffic was madness. Roads are appalling. Worst roads I have ever experienced.

Sunday 20th. Started SSP (business start-up project) at 8.30am. Completed at 1.30pm. Alhamdulillah project went very well. Ladies were very happy and lots of smiles. Many disappointed because they did not receive anything. Inshallah after assessment of balance forms will do another programme.

Jazakallah khair,
Molana Ebrahim
Caravan of Mercy

Molana adresses widows at the SSP business start up

Widows at the SSP business start up

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Liberia & Ghana trip June 2021 (2)

By Molana Ebrahim Patel (Chairman of COM) June 2021
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله
وبركته

Pray all are well. Alhamdulilah all going fine this side. Its been a hectic first week. Work is progressing gradually as rain is an obstacle at times..
Reached Monrovia on late night Tuesday. By the time we came out of the airport and got to the hotel it was nearly 2:00 am.
Wednesday 9th June 2021. Molana picked us up at 12:00 pm and got to Markaz Masjid Bilal. Read Zohar Salaat and made Mashwera with Molana Abdulla regarding our programme and itenary.
Thursday 10th June. Organised the warehouse with Molana and team to sort out clothing for distributions.
Friday 11th June. Visited Masjid Ebrahim. Assessment made on how much work and funds are to be needed for completion of the project. Thereafter we read Jummah Salaat in a small mosque to make an assessment on its necessary rebuilding. We recorded how many Mussalis for Jummah and how many Muslims live in the area. Discussed the needs with locals. New land has been donated with the possibility bthat brother Arif (travel partner) will get his family to sponsor the project.
Thereafter we went to Sinje Town for assessment of land given for major Masjid project including a school and a Hifz Madressa. Its location is 3 hours from Monrovia (capital of Liberia). Size of land donated by locals is 150 ft x 650 ft.
Muslims in the town are approximately 20,000 which is 90% of the towns population.
Qaadiani missionaries are very active there.
On our return, we stopped at a village Nimba point to pray Maghrib Salaat. We met a 4 months pedal Jamaat there.

Jazakallah khair,
Molana Ebrahim
Caravan of Mercy

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Liberia & Ghana trip June 2021 (1)

By Molana Ebrahim Patel (Chairman of COM) June 2021
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله
وبركته

My sincere and humble prayer that this message reaches you all in the best of health and imaan.
I have travelled to Liberia and Ghana today the 8th June 2021, on a field visit to oversee multiple COM projects.
COM has numerous projects presently taking place in Liberia:

1. We are busy with the construction of the Liberia Markaz Masjid along with another 3 other masajid. Work is progressing smoothly.
2. Inshalla during my visit we will place the foundation for another 3 masajid on behalf of our generous donors.
3. We presently have 3 deep water boreholes being installed. We will do a survey for the possibility of installing another 3 to 4 boreholes.
4. We have sent 2 x 40ft containers of clothing donated by the generous Muslims of UK.
COM will physically carry out numerous clothing distributions in various areas of Liberia amongst the poor and needy, widows and orphans. Allah talla reward in abundance, all those who donated towards this cause.
5. COM will proceed with a Self Supporting Project (empowering the poor & needy widows & ladies) by giving them cash tokens equivalent to $200 to start approved businesses, so they can support themselves and their families.
6. COM will be distributing food aid to the very poor and needy as well. We will also carry out animal sacrifices on behalf of our donors for their loved ones.
7. We will take exams of our Tahfizul Quran Madressa which is operating in the Liberia Markaz. Presently we have 82 poor and orphan kids becoming Hafizul Quran.

It is going to be an extremely busy and hectic 2 weeks.
The rainy season has started, lots of mosquitoes and one of the worst roads one can imagine.
We request you make dua, our trip is beneficial and successful for all.
Allah talla accept the generous donations of the donors, our efforts and make it a means of hidayah for the people of Liberia and West Africa as a whole.

Anybody wishing to donate towards any project please contact our office on

Jazakallah khair,
Molana Ebrahim
Caravan of Mercy

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Eidul Adha 1438/ 2017

Caravan of Mercy donors benefited many poor Muslim families throughout Ghana, India, Cameroon, Bangladesh and Syria this year.

Cameroon:
Central African Republic victims in Borgop refugee camp in Cameroon on Eid day 10 Dhul Haj 1438 Hijra. (1st Sep 2017).
2800 families received fresh Udhiya/ Qurabani meat Alhamdu lillah.

Gambia:
250 families were served with fresh Udhiya meat Alhamdu lillah.
3 Cows and 7 Goats

Ghana:
5 goats, 1 cow
About 92 people received fresh Udhiya meat Alhamdu lillah.

India:
30,000 people received fresh Udhiya meat Alhamdu lillah.

The following photos are from Cameroon. Eid day 10 Dhul Haj 1438 Hijra. (1st Sep 2017)