Funds donated go through the Edward Charles Foundation for tax purposes 501(c)3 non-profit organization , but all funds (minus fees) will be used directly in this project.
Here's The Story:
In Fall 2016, after receiving my degree in integrated information, science and technology from George Washington University, I had a vision to create a computer literacy program for low-income Muslim women in Northern Virginia. Through research including interviews, surveys, and focus groups, I recognized the substantial need to teach these women a skill greatly needed in today's society. Many of these women were divorced, widowed, a refugee and/or have no support from others in their lives. To achieve my goal, I explained my vision to the director of the Dar AI-Hijarah Islamic Center who provided a room at the center but no equipment or furniture. The center's social service manager and I worked to design a computer lab program. I then took it upon myself to attend several auctions for computer equipment, securing 10 computers, a printer, a 70-inch TV, a server and a switchboard. Later in the year, I developed a partnership with Computer Core, who agreed to provide volunteer technology training for the computer lab and donated 12 computers for this impressive charitable project. Needing more funds, I launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise additional money with a goal of $5,000, which recognized my project as one of the top meaningful projects in the month of Feb2017 and granted me $1000 toward my project. In March 2017, I reached my goal and increased fund goals to $10,000. Using the money raised from the generous donations, the renovation of the computer lab began. Computer Core volunteers helped to set up the computers at the beginning of March, and 20 women immediately registered to take classes. The new computer lab at the Dar AI-Hijarah Islamic Center opened its doors since April 20, 2017. My vision turned into a reality.
My efforts have already begun empowering low-income Muslim womens to learn technology and use it to their advantage in finding jobs and becoming self-sufficient. Without hard work, compassion, donations, and dedication, this vision would not have come to life. Now with more confidence, I have a bigger vision to stimulate my successful project in Palestine. I am assured that I can accomplish the same goal of teaching technology for low-income Muslims women in refugee camp in Palestine.
Now with way more experience, confident and more supporters I can do my project in my home country Palestine. I accepted a challenge to compete in the Clinton Global Initiative University CGI U to fund-raise highest amount of money so I can do my project and win the challenge by Oct 13, 2017. To attain this goal, we need to gather the necessary funding as soon as possible. We kindly implore you to consider participating in this effort to benefit our community by making a donation, no matter how small. Thank you for considering this community development initiative.
With Allah’s assistance, we can help and empower Muslim women to take their next step forward in life. Your donations are always incredibly helpful, and we are deeply grateful for your confidence and support!
"The Clinton Global Initiative University (“CGI U”) is an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation (the “Clinton Foundation”) that brings college and university students together to turn ideas into action on local and global challenges. As part of the CGI U Commitments Challenge (the “Challenge”), student teams square off to fund their Commitments to Action (the “Commitment(s)”), which are new, specific, and measurable social impact projects within one of CGI U’s five focus areas – education, environment and climate change, poverty alleviation, peace and human rights, and public health. The team that raises the most money for its Commitment (the “Winner(s), as defined in Section 4) will be recognized and announced on stage at the CGI U 2017 meeting at Northeastern University in Boston on October 14, 2017. "