Manchester schools raise over £40k for charity
Refugees in Jordan receive aid thanks to enterprising pupils
Four schools in Manchester have collaborated with an international charity, helping to raise over £40,000 to provide education and care to young refugees in Jordan.
The schools participated in the ‘99 Names Art Exhibition’ - hosted by Human Relief Foundation (HRF) - a registered international aid organisation and its Manchester branch.
Around 400 pieces of art were submitted by the schools and put on display at the ‘99 Names Art Exhibition’, held at the British Muslim Heritage Centre on 13th February.
The artwork was then auctioned, with funds going to help build and maintain a rehabilitation centre within the Za’atari refugee camp.
The camp is one of the world’s largest; and accommodates over 80,000 Syrian refugees, including orphans and disabled children.
Working alongside Jordanian authorities, HRF plans to build the centre and provide a space for children with various types of disabilities, providing a suitable place for children and youth with various types of disabilities including physical, sensory and mental impairments.
The four schools taking part in the initiative were: Manchester Islamic High School for Girls, KD Grammar School for Boys, Manchester Muslim Preparatory School and Afifah School.
North West Fundraising Manager at HRF, Sairah Zafar, said: “The ‘99 Names Art Exhibition’ was a huge success in every way. We had a brilliant turn out and a fantastic concept for a heart warming cause.
“We would like to thank everyone involved, including the four schools we were working in partnership with; our donors, our invited guests and of course our very trusted volunteers.”
The event featured an award ceremony for the best paintings, a bazaar, a fundraiser, live calligraphy, as well as vocal performances by Kamal Uddin, and spoken work poetry by Naveed Ahmed.